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by Tim Beissmann

The Toyota Corolla Furia concept has been unveiled at the Detroit auto show, giving us an insight into the aggressive styling of the next-generation Toyota Corolla sedan.

Toyota Group vice president and general manger of the Toyota division, Bill Fay, said the Corolla Furia concept gave an early indication of where the brand’s compact car design was headed.

“It’s only a concept, but the Corolla Furia sends a clear message where we’re going in the future,” Fay said.

“Not only will the styling be more expressive, but it will also reflect our overall approach to the compact segment in every way.”

“Because young buyers are returning to the market at a faster rate than any generation, the next Corolla must have expressive appeal with improved styling that elicits surprise and excitement.

“I’m sure it will cause some surprise from those who may have preconceived notions about the future of Corolla.”

Drawing inspiration from the US-market Toyota Avalon, the Toyota Corolla Furia concept sports sinister headlights integrated into a narrow grille, a gaping lower intake with horizontal slats, piercing LED tail-lights and carbonfibre panels from the front bumper and side skirts to the rear diffuser and spoiler.

At 4620mm long (2700mm wheelbase), 1805mm wide and 1425mm tall, the Toyota Corolla Furia concept is 75mm longer (100mm longer between the wheels), 45mm wider and 50mm lower than the previous-generation Corolla sedan, which continues to be sold alongside the new-generation Corolla hatch that launched in Australia in October 2012.

Toyota gave no indication of when the new Corolla sedan will be revealed in production form, although the four-door variant is expected to be debut before the end of 2013.

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