• May 24th 2007 at 9:27AM
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Our friends over at the Authority of all things Motored came across an interesting interview with Soichiro Okudaira, a Toyota technician, who maintains that the next Corolla may have a large enough engine bay to fit a 3.5-liter V6. The idea is being batted around ToMoCo's executive washroom, along with the possibility of offering an all-wheel-drive variant of Toyota's compact sedan.

AWD-equipped Corollas (named the Auris in other parts of the world) are nothing new, as they've been offered in Japan before, but aside from the Corolla 4Trac of yesteryear, we haven't had an AWD option for some time (Matrix excluded). Okudaira says that more R-and-D is necessary, as the rear wheel setup still has to be augmented to accept the new drivetrain components.

European buyers will surely get a diesel version when the new Corolla is released, while those of us in the U.S. are destined to get a petrol-powerplant. If the V6 gets the green light, Motor Authority expects the new Corolla to be launched in the States later this year.

[Source: AutoTelegraaf.nl via Motor Authority]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      Yaris is the new ultra-econobox. This gives room for the Corolla to move up.

      Hell, the RAV4 has a 270 hp V6, why can't this? :)
      • 8 Years Ago
      I think that this is just a concept. With gas being $$$4 no way can Toyota make a V6.

      Civic is a great car, i have it, but it has an I4, which is why it is fast AND efficient.

      Corolla needs to be what it is, ECONOBOX. If someone wants something faster or cooler get Scion or Matrix.
      • 8 Years Ago
      It would be nice if they give us a 5dr hatch instead of another boring sedan. The V6 seems like overkill in this thing though.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Last 30th April I saw in a road which goes from Andorra (Andorra) to Barcelona (Spain) what was suppossed to be an Auris with a wider track, fully covered with black mask all over the car. It had belgian plates –Toyota Europe is based at Belgium–. And right behing following it there where a Toyota Rav4 and a Lexus IS, also with belgian plates, with people inside working on laptops.

      5 minutes later in the same direction of them –not mine– appeared a IS-F with a very light mask in the front. Blue paint, gold rims and two big tail-pipes. Probably all them where the development team of hot Toyota and Lexus versions.
      • 8 Years Ago
      R&D for a new AWD system isn't all too necessary when you already have a strategic partnership with Subaru.

      Considering that the '08 Impreza/WRX sedan already looks like a Corolla, it shouldn't be too hard to rebadge, a la Saabaru 9-2x.
      • 8 Years Ago
      How about a diesel. High torque and good mpg.
      • 8 Years Ago
      A turd with a bigger engine is still just a turd with a bigger engine.
      Jonathan Hicks
      • 8 Years Ago
      No way the Corolla could offer a V6,AWD version. It's a terrible idea.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yes yes yes Toyota, make everything bigger and put bigger engines and more expensive components into your cars. You're well on your way to becoming Japanese General Motors.
      • 8 Years Ago
      That would completely change the Corolla from a small econo car to something with more race potential. I wonder what their goal is.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Yea, they need this to compete with the V6 Civics, V6 Sentras, and V6 Mazda3s. Oh wait...
      • 8 Years Ago
      AWD + V6 = R32 fighter

      Wow. Toyota's actually doing something impressive that isn't bound to their home market.
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