It has by now become a widely known fact that Toyota Kirloskar Motor, the Indian subsidiary of the Japanese car maker giant, has planned to launch the latest gen Euro-spec 2014 Toyota Corolla in our country’s rapidly growing car market. The next gen Corolla could come to us by the middle of next year and it won’t be too surprising to see this car showcased at the upcoming 2014 Delhi Auto Expo.
Only 3 days ago, a test mule of the latest gen Corollas was caught undergoing road tests in Bangalore by one of our friends and a regular reader who wishes to remain anonymous.
Now, the car has again been spotted testing in Bangalore and here are a handful of spyshots from the recent sighting.
It may be noted that the Corolla has been among the most successful of car brands to have ever come from Toyota. However, the last gen car, which is better known as the Altis in India, has been outsold by newer rivals (read: Hyundai Elantra, VW Jetta, Chevrolet Cruze, et al) in almost every country.
All this means that a lot is riding over the latest gen Corolla.
The new Euro-spec 2014 Corolla boasts of stylish LED headlamps, which are definitely more chic than the ones we see on most D segment sedans out there. The car also gets a new set of 17-inch alloy wheels that have a sporty twin-spoke design. It may be noted that the India spec Corolla comes equipped with rather tasteless 15-inch alloy wheels. Overall, the car definitely looks several generations ahead of the Corolla we all have known and seems to be all poised to become the next style statement in its segment.
The new Corolla also gets completely restyled interiors and a longer features list which includes a new touch screen audio system that also provides social networking and news updates!
Engine options for the 2014 Toyota Corolla, however, don’t see much of a change. Barring the addition of the new CVT gearbox for the 1.8 liter VVTi equipped petrol engine, the car remains essentially the same in this department.
It would be interesting to see if the new Corolla would be able to outsell the Elantra and the Jetta in Indian car market.