The latest iteration of the best-selling car in the world, the Toyota Corolla, has been revealed, at least in American-spec form.
The Toyota Corolla was last redesigned in 2008, so it is odd that it took this long for a new model to come along, considering the compact sedan generally has a 4-year lifecycle, and there are already new versions of the Camry and Avalon. However, instead of just a reskin like the others, the 2014 Corolla is completely new from the ground up, riding on a new platform with a 100 mm longer wheelbase, 99 mm longer overall length, and a few bits of new tech, although nowhere near what we expected.
For the U.S. market, there are two available 1.8-litre 4-cylinder engines, one with 132 hp and 173 Nm of torque, and another more-efficient “Valvematic” version that offers 140 hp and 171 Nm of torque. Neither are particularly impressive in terms of output, but they offer selectable “Eco” and “Sport” modes.
With better fuel economy being the focus, the main transmission choice is now a CVT automatic. However, the base model still gets a 4-speed automatic, while a potential sporty model gets an optional 6-speed manual. The new model weighs in at less than 1300 kg by using high-strength steel in places.
Expect the all-new 2014 Corolla to reach UAE, KSA, Oman and other GCC markets by the end of this year, possibly with further smaller engine choices and different tech specs.
Keep track of future updates in the Toyota Corolla buyer guide.