Given the level of competition in the compact segment, these recent spy photos show that Toyota is getting serious with its next-generation Corolla. As the second-best-selling nameplate in the world, the last few Toyota Corolla redesigns have been rather minor, but based on these pictures, the new car will get much more competitive styling.

The boxy lines of the current Corolla seem to be replaced with a sportier look that includes a sloped hood and a shorter decklid borrowing design cues from new cars like the 2013 Toyota Avalon and 2012 Toyota Camry. From what we can see of the front end, the headlights have a rounded, scalloped shape similar to the new Avalon while the taillights match the L-shaped design of the Camry. The car pictured here appears to be a higher trim level, with what appear to be HID headlights, fog lights and possibly even LED taillights. Like the outside, the interior of this test mule is heavily cloaked with camouflage, but we can make out the new three-gauge instrument cluster that replaces the current car's two-gauge layout, and this upscale model includes chrome trim around the edges.

In terms of powertrain changes, an updated version of the 1.8-liter four will likely bring more power and better fuel economy, and big changes should come to the transmission. A six-speed automatic should replace the aging four-speed used in the current Corolla, and there's speculation a continuously variable transmission could be offered. Since a 40-mpg EPA highway rating has become the de facto standard in the compact sedan segment, we expect vastly improved fuel economy numbers from whatever new powertrain Toyota drops in this car.

Production of the 2014 Toyota Corolla is expected to begin during the second quarter of 2013, so we wouldn't be surprised to see this car on display at the L.A. Auto Show or Detroit Auto Show.


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      AE86
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bring back the sporty Corolla !
      jtav2002
      • 2 Years Ago
      Bout time the 4 spd is gone. Never understood why they've still been using 4 spds in the Corolla's and 4cyl Ravs. Nothing like the 179hp Rav only getting 1mpg better than the 269hp version.
      flammablewater
      • 2 Years Ago
      They should just start basing the Corolla on the GT86 platform and bring back the RWD corollas of the 80s.
        miketim1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @flammablewater
        The 2005 Corolla XRS with the 2zz motor was a hoot to drive and revved very high. Like it even more so then the Si http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qDSA0PnNck
      aatbloke1967
      • 2 Years Ago
      The next-generation Auris/Corolla hatchback has already been unveiled and this will simply be a three-box version with some minor styling changes for North America. Otherwise, it's the same car.
        billy bob
        • 2 Years Ago
        @aatbloke1967
        That's great, considering that there are currently no plans to sell a Corolla Hatchback in the U.S. Pretty smart comment though. The Auris is not sold in the U.S. and IS available in quite a few other countries. \While it is a pretty nice car it will not be sold here at all. We will only see the sedan in this country.
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        Teko
        • 2 Years Ago
        I was going to agree until you said Nissan. Their current line up of cars are beyond boring. I would be surprised to the 5th gen Altima do as well as the past 2 generations.
        calikev05
        • 2 Years Ago
        Yet, Toyota and Honda are still among the top two best selling brands. No need to mess with your revenue generates. Over styled cars don't sell as much as conservative styling.
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      inthelv
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm sorry, I read the headline and fell asleep. What happened? Oh, new Coro..........snore...........
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      mazdamattyp5
      • 2 Years Ago
      "I'm so excited for the new Corolla!!" ~~ Said no one ever.
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        @mazdamattyp5
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          Punch and Judy
          • 2 Years Ago
          Oooh... Cold, man, cold. :-) But you're not entirely wrong. The enormous hatred for certain cars is directly related to how many of us actually drive these very models, day in, day out. There's a compensation factor at work for sure.
        Synthono
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mazdamattyp5
        I know a lady, she's in her mid-50s, empty nest. Her old Corolla is a 2004 or so. She loves it but wants to get a new car. She is excited about the new Corolla.
      Danny
      • 2 Years Ago
      Let me guess... ugly and uninspiring?
        techie69
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Danny
        Yup its not for the ones looking for run/slam/crash. This vehicle target market is the mature audience that looking for their investment to last perennial design tastes that come-n-go, mechanical reliability, and value especially after its bought!
      Adrian
      • 2 Years Ago
      Snoozebox 2014......coming to a Toyota dealer near you.
      MJC
      • 2 Years Ago
      Based on these pictures, you can't tell anything. Based on the fact that it's a recent Toyota design, it will be awful just like the Camry and the Avalon.
        lordedardstark1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @MJC
        I think I like the new Avalon, it looks a lot like the new Impala, which I think is handsome.
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