Rolling boldly into the Detroit limelight, the Toyota Corolla Furia Concept is a stylized precursor of the next-gen production Corolla that's now expected to arrive as a 2015 model. According to Bill Fay, group vice president and general manager of the Toyota Division, the bold one-off offers an indication of the direction the automaker is pondering for its future compact cars. Blending dramatic design cues with various high-tech elements, Toyota hopes it's a look and feel that will appeal to a host of new buyers as well as the existing owner body.
Designed around an "Iconic Dynamism" theme, the Corolla Furia Concept incorporates edgy surfaces and dramatic but well-integrated detailing to create a far more compelling presence that fully embodies Akio Toyoda's previously stated goal of imbuing all of the firm's upcoming models with more emotional styling. From its aggressive front fascia with a blackout grille and sculpted LED headlamps to prominent fender flares that house a 19-inch wheel/tire fitment to distinctive aft quarters that feature a tasteful decklid spoiler, prominent composite LED taillamps and trick exhaust outlets, the Furia speaks an entirely new language -- and one that we can only hope ends up being carried forward into the volume-build Corolla.
Other Furia design elements that bode well for the upcoming Corolla are seen in its re-imagined proportions. Nearly two inches lower and three inches longer than the current Corolla sedan, this intriguing one-off matches shorter front/rear overhangs with a welcome 4.3 inches of additional wheelbase, factors that should translate into tangible gains in passenger space as well as improved handling characteristics.
While it's still too early to tell exactly how much of the Furia Concept will transition to Corolla reality, this latest show car clearly is a giant step in the right direction.
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