Revealed: Official images and details of the 2013 Toyota Corolla/Auris
The Toyota Corolla is known as the Auris in Europe and Japan, where it is also sold in hatchback guise. The first images of the 2013 version of the Corolla/Auris hatchback has been officially revealed by Toyota. While we’re carrying images of the hatchback version, the styling of the 2013 version of the sedan is expected to remain largely unchanged, apart from the addition of a boot. From what we can see through the released images, the 2013 Corolla gets a brand new front and rear end styling. The 2013 model of the Auris/Corolla stays true to Toyota’s tradition of building safely styled cars that are designed to appeal to a wide cross section of buyers.
In other words, the design language is still as conservative as it can possibly get while remaining contemporary. That said, the 2013 Corolla’s design language is sharper than the older car’s overly curvy shapes and this is a welcome change. On the inside too, the 2013 model gets an once over, in the form of a brand new dashboard. Apart from the newer materials used on the inside to convey a more premium look and feel, the bigger change is the increased cabin space that the 2013 model of the Corolla/Auris offers. The car is now longer by 30mm with the height of the car being lowered by 55mm.
While the increase in length and other nifty bits like thinner front seats liberates more room on the inside to make for a more comfortable life for occupants, the shorter stance is said to offer a much more involving drive, and this is something that the previous generation Corolla sorely lacked. The driver sits lower with the center of gravity too lowered. The suspension and steering see re-engineering to make the 2013 Auris/Corolla much more involving to drive, or so Toyota claims. The body of the car is 10% more stiffer due to the use of high tensile steel while the lightness of the new metal means that overall weight is reduced by 40 kilograms.
The 1.8 Liter, four cylinder petrol engine with variable valve timing is standard and continues to do duty with nary a change and so does the 1.4 liter D-4D diesel motor that puts out 90 Bhp-200 Nm. Toyota also offers smaller petrol engines with capacities of 1.3 liters and 1.6 liters for the hatchback variant of the 2013 Auris/Corolla. The car will make its debut at the 2012 Paris Motor Show that will happen exactly a week from now. Expect the sedan version of the 2013 Corolla/Auris to roll into India sometime next year considering that the car is India’s best selling D-segment sedan.