Deep in the heart of California Toyota was a-flutter during the new Corolla’s press launch. Toyo execs were also extremely secretive about what to expect from this re-designed model. There were speculations that the latest Corolla to debut would be the Corolla Furia which was previously a concept but has had rumors circulating around that it could be in production as early as this fall.
In most media launches the press is usually able to see, learn, and drive the vehicle on the very day or very next morning of its unveiling. In this case the new model did not make its debut until later the very next afternoon without an option to drive.
Why a late reveal without an option to drive was perplexing and would makes ones mind jump for joy at the remote possibility but not very probable conspiratorial reasons (as to why the vehicles reveal was such a big secret). One could speculate all day, but instead of doing so will simply share information on what to expect from the 2014 Corolla (minus test drive).
The 11th generation Corolla offers a more rounded front fascia, with a longer wheelbase and a roomier interior. Toyota’s new Eco-badged models will achieve an estimated highway fuel economy rating of over 40 mpg due to the new Valvematic engine combined with a newly developed Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT). The Corolla L, LE, and S grade models are all powered by a 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine with intelligent Variable Valve Timing (VVT-i) that produces 132 horsepower.
The instrument panel and surrounding areas are finished in piano black surfaces, metallic accents and decorative pin-striping. There are multiple seat-covering materials to choose from in premium fabric or available SofTex™ material. Attention to detail is demonstrated in the ornamental stitching spanning the length of the dash panel and the shift. Sound insulation has been strategically placed along the fenders, cowl, and behind the dash panel to reduce noise entering the cabin helping occupants enjoy Corolla’s available audio systems and connectivity features.
The premium interior extends to the rear seat as well. The new Corolla’s longer 106.3-inch wheelbase creates a more spacious interior, with a rear seat area that is 2.95-inches longer than the previous model, to offer more rear leg room than the 2013 model.
Press Release: Toyota
Edited by: Diana Merrill Claussen
Photo by: James McClain
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