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Details of the European-spec Toyota Corolla sedan have been released, previewing a larger, more spacious small car due to arrive in local showrooms in 2014.

Influenced by the styling of the Corolla Furia concept first seen at this year’s Detroit auto show, the all-new 11th-generation Toyota Corolla sedan is 80mm longer, 15mm wider and 5mm lower than its predecessor and 345mm longer than the hatch.

Growing in length to 4620mm and riding on a 100mm longer wheelbase, the Corolla sedan’s rear overhang has been reduced by 25mm and the front overhang increased 5mm.

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The European variant’s front end is closely related to model that will head to our shores, though differs from the North American Corolla.

A sharp chrome-plated upper grille with horizontal bars joins a lower central air intake and fog lights while angular headlights feature LED daytime running lights.

At the rear, wide tail-lights are connected by a chrome strip above the number plate recess.

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Along with the new shape helping to better the Corolla’s fuel consumption and CO2 emissions through a reduction in its drag coefficient, Toyota says it has also improved panel gaps and shut lines of the new sedan by up to 0.9mm.

Europe will get four petrol engines to choose from including a 73kW/128Nm 1.3-litre, a 90kW/154Nm 1.6-litre, a 97kW/160Nm 1.6-litre Valvematic and a 103kW/173Nm 1.8-litre. The latter is tied exclusively to an automatic continuously variable transmission (CVT), with the others all coming standard with a six-speed manual but available with the auto.

A 66kW/205Nm 1.4-litre turbo-diesel fitted with the manual transmission and stop-start technology will also be offered, netting a range-best 3.8L/100km, however, the sedan will miss out on the 1.8-litre petrol hybrid unit already seen in the Auris-badged hatchback and Auris Touring Sports wagon variant.

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The interior is highlighted by a 6.1-inch touchscreen multimedia interface incorporating an AM/FM radio, CD/MP3 player and AUX/USB/iPod ports plus Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming. The unit also displays the car’s satellite navigation system and standard rear view camera. Keyless start and park assist are additionally featured.

Toyota says the Corolla sedan’s larger wheelbase provides for more cabin space and comfort, with rear seat legroom up 92mm to 706mm and boot capacity increased two litres to 452L.

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Available in three grades – Live, Active and Lounge – and nine colours including four new hues – White Pearl, Avant-Garde Bronze, Dark Blue and Dark Steel – the Corolla sedan also comes with the option of 15- or 16-inch wheels.

The new-look Toyota Corolla sedan is due to arrive locally in early 2014, likely powered by the same 103kW/173Nm 1.8-litre four-cylinder petrol engine already in place in the Corolla hatch and coupled to either a six-speed manual transmission or CVT.




  • $29896495

    Love a white car even and average looking one like this. But size matters and as the car has grown the pants department hasn’t (engine) By comparison to the Mazda my vote goes to Mazda interior and exterior are far superior. Engine bay it romps home over the Corolla.

    • Chris

      Why do Toyota interiors look so dated and cheap ?

      • Johnny

        Conventional is the Toyota way. To be slightly interesting and different would scare the boring types that buy them.

    • Zaccy16

      i agree, this looks extremely dated, the mazda 3 sedan has sweeping flowing lines and looks great but this looks dated, with no flowing lines or proportions, those engines also are feeble for the size of the car! specially that tiny 1.3! luckily we don’t get that engine here but the 1.8 is still torqueless and way below the new 3′s 2.0 and 2.5 petrols and 2.2 diesel!

  • Phil

    CA, could you at least stick to the Euro NCAP standard and call it C-segment, or medium family car? That is how the Toyota Auris is classified, and the Corolla sedan is 345mm longer. At 4.62m, it’s way too big to be called a small car.

  • Neil_Way

    The Euro version is definitely a more subdued (and boring) affair when compared with the US Corolla. Neither fair well when compared with the 2014 Mazda 3.

    • Karen

      Yeah, I think the US model looks better.

  • MisterZed

    How many times do I have to say this – this is the Asian Corolla. The Corolla is *dead* in Europe – they ditched it in 2007 in favour of the Auris hatchback. There is no longer a sedan sold in most of Europe.

    • $29896495

      One more time for effect

    • Haas

      ‘Global-spec’ would be better.

    • Sydlocal

      You can say it as many times as you like but the fact is they do have a ‘Corolla hatch’ as we know it, they just changed the name to Auris a few years ago ie the Auris is a Corolla hatch which is an Auris. Much like the Hyundai i45 is called the Sonata in the US or the i30 is called the Elantra GT. It is still the same car, it just goes by a different name in that different market.

      Toyota Japan wanted to change the name of the hatch to Auris here too, but Toyota Australia lobbied head office to keep the Corolla name and won. They used Nissan as an example after the huge drop in sales when they changed names from Pulsar to Tiida. We Australians by nature are afraid of change and along with NZ are one of the few countries in the world that still call the Auris (which is the hatch version) a ‘Corolla’.

      • MisterZed

        My point is that regardless of name, Europe got a distinct version of the Corolla in 2007 which shared no panels with the Corolla sedan, for the first time. The Auris name was only applied to the hatch, never to the sedan, so the sedan was basically killed off in most of Europe.

  • Zandit75

    “Influenced by the styling of the Corolla Furia concept first seen at this year’s Detroit auto show……”

    I think you are missing a word in that sentence. It should read..

    LOOSELY Influenced by the styling of the Corolla Furia concept first seen at this year’s Detroit auto show……

    You could even substitute that word with:

    Slightly
    Moderately
    Not Even
    Supposedly
    Apparently
    Etc, Etc.

  • Hjalle

    I’m surprised that they dont import the estate version, i think it would do well against the i30 Wagon. I mean everyone is already buying the hatch so why wouldn’t you want a more practical version with slightly better styling (even if it is just a slight improvement from blah to a little less blah)

  • F1orce

    Terrible engine variety.

    Offer the American style Corolla sedan with the 2.5L unit from Camry etc.

    But this thing will sell mostly to fleets and Toyota Australia knows it. So no point in offering an exciting variant.

    • $29896495

      Severely underpowered for a car it’s size – back to the good old days Toyota

  • Homer

    Engine outputs are way below even the Korean cars, let alone European. Toyota sucks big time

  • Anthony Mindel

    Nice looking but not sure if I would take the next Corolla sedan over the Next Mazda 3 sedan.
    Eastern and central Europe have the Corolla sedan,as well as Ireland,where it sells well.
    Only Western European countries don’t have it,but with the new model,they may also get it.
    Its of vital importance to Toyota,as it is their biggest selling model worldwide,selling over a million units globally.
    The Auris/Corolla hatch does not even sell 100 000 units globally.

  • garl

    It looks nice until the new Mazda 3 is parked next to it.

    • toshiba

      …Which has no more power but uses a lot more fuel and is less reliable.

      • $29896495

        Which car are you talking about, it’s obviously not the Mazda 3?

      • Zaccy16

        have you seen the new mazda 3? every engine in the new 3 has more power and torque than any corolla engine, for example the 2.0 skyactiv 4cyl in the current 3 has 113 kw and 198 nm of torque compared to the 1.8 4cyl in the corolla that has only 103 kw and only 173 nm of torque but uses 7.3 l per 100 km!

  • LowRezFez

    At lease looking at it does not want to make me vomit. The interior looks cheap and the drivetrain is boring. It will sell because it is a ‘rolla. There are better choices out there for my money.

  • Rick

    From exciting concept (US model) to zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz …………..sorry fell asleep . But what else would you expect from Toyota ?

  • Max

    So the best most powerful version only comes with the worst possible transmission choice. Well done Toyota. Not.

    I can’t fathom as to why the CVT still exists. Its unintuitive to use, saps most power from the engine, noisy, slow-shifting and inherently weak. Give me a modern 5+ speed torque-converter automatic transmission any day.

  • wastoyotafan

    Who designed this…Look at the competition…..Corolla has had it…You people have the opportunity to design something special….and what do you come up with??? Camry Aurion now Corolla UGH….Remember the 380….Well maybe not now…

  • randygo@live.ca

    I love it…bumper to bumper, inside and outside. I am old school, and I’ve got the money. Toyota has me again! It will be my 5th Toyota.