The Toyota Corolla sedan made its world debut yesterday with the design borrowing heavily from the Corolla Furia concept first seen at this year’s Detroit auto show.
Having sold almost 40 million Corollas since 1966, of which 1.2 million have been in Australia, the new Toyota Corolla is going to become a familiar sight on Australian roads soon. But the car’s design is not standard worldwide.
Given the Corolla’s mass appeal, Toyota has decided to create two versions of the Corolla sedan. One for Europe and one for North America (shown here in red). The two versions are very similar underneath but with an obvious difference to the front end.
Toyota Australia says the European car (pictured in white) is the closer of the two in appearance to the model that will make it to our shores early next year.
The humble Corolla hatch has gone on to become the best selling car in Australia as of last month, outselling the popular Mazda3. The arrival of the sedan in 2014 will only further boost the Japanese car’s popularity.
The Corolla’s 1.8-litre four-cylinder engine will be carried over from the hatch, with 103kW of power and 173Nm of torque. A six-speed manual transmission or a continuously variable transmission (CVT) will be the two options while fuel usage is expected to be around 7.1L/100km.
Do you like the design of the new Toyota Corolla sedan? Which one looks better, the American or European version?