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Sleek Toyota Furia concept previews redesigned sedan to join new-generation Corolla hatch
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Toyota has confirmed the edgy Furia concept revealed overnight at the Detroit motor show previews the look of the next-generation Corolla sedan due on sale in Australia next February.

“This exciting compact sedan concept hints at the styling cues consumers can expect to see on the next-generation Corolla,” said Toyota.

However, while the Furia features a development of the sleek new Euro-centric Corolla hatchback’s aggressive new front-end design and remains recognisable as part of the latest Corolla family, it signals the Corolla sedan will be significantly longer, wider and lower than the 11th-generation Corolla five-door.

Riding on a 2700mm wheelbase (100mm longer than the new Corolla hatch released here in October), the Furia measures 4620mm long (245mm longer than the hatch and 75mm longer than the existing Corolla sedan), 1805mm wide (45mm wider than the hatch and sedan) and 1425mm high – 35mm lower than the hatch and 50mm lower than the sedan, thanks in part to the show car’s low ride height and huge 19-inch alloy wheels and low-profile rubber.

Key design elements of the show car include a blacked-out grille, sculpted LED headlights and tail-lights, “ornate metal exhaust outlet surrounds” and carbon-fibre accents for the wheel housings, side skirts and rear valance.

Developed under a new design theme dubbed ‘Iconic Dynamism’, which Toyota says includes “pure and simple surface elements to create a confident, decisive and recognisable appearance appealing to more youthful consumers”, the Furia also features a ‘fast’ windscreen angle, sloping roofline and flared wheel-arches.

Toyota said the Furia’s exterior design represents “a more provocative, dynamic interpretation of a compact sedan” that “builds on the brand’s product development priority to develop more dramatic, expressively designed vehicles”.

“The Corolla Furia Concept is an early indicator of where our compact car design may lead in the future,” said Bill Fay, Group Vice-President and General Manager of the Toyota Division.

“It blends a heightened emphasis on dramatic design and modern elements of high technology to generate curb appeal that will surprise a lot of people.” 

In Australia, the new Corolla sedan will join the recently launched hatch to form Toyota’s most important model family – one that will attempt to arrest the dominance of the Mazda as both the nation’s favourite small car and the top-selling vehicle of any kind.

The current Corolla sedan dates back to 2007, making it one of the oldest models in the Toyota line-up, and Toyota has confirmed the latest Corolla wagon will not be sold in Australia.

Expect the new Corolla sedan to come with a similar engine line-up to the hatch, meaning just one 103kW/173Nm 1.8-litre four-cylinder petrol engine. Unlike in Europe, Australia’s Corolla will not be available with diesel or hybrid power.

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Published : Tuesday, 15 January 2013

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