After playing it safe over the last several generations of the Toyota Corolla, it appears Toyota might finally be ready to make a big leap forward. Toyota has finally unveiled the 2013 Corolla Furia Concept at the Detroit Auto Show, which hints at the future design for this automaker's popular compact (the Corolla is actually the best-selling car of all time).

The Furia Concept has a striking face with narrow headlights, vertical marker lights and a massive eight-sided grill, while its short hood and raked windshield give it a more modern look like the Civic and Mazda3. The front is overly stylized, similar to what we see on the new Camry and Avalon. Based on the most recent teaser we saw for this concept, the rear of the car will be equally sporty and modern with arrow-shaped LED taillights.

Comparing the specs of the concept to the current Corolla, the Furia is only about two inches longer and wider, but it also sits lower and has a wheelbase that is almost four inches longer. Scroll down for Toyota's official press release.
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TORRANCE, Calif., Jan. 14, 2013 – Toyota revealed the Corolla Furia Concept at the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. This exciting compact sedan concept hints at the styling cues consumers can expect to see on the next-generation Corolla. The concept represents an exterior styling study by Toyota designers, and it builds on the brand's product development priority to develop more dramatic, expressively designed vehicles.

"The Corolla Furia Concept is an early indicator of where our compact car design may lead in the future," said Bill Fay, group vice president and general manager of the Toyota Division. "It blends a heightened emphasis on dramatic design and modern elements of high technology to generate curb appeal that will surprise a lot of people."

The Furia is designed around a theme of "Iconic Dynamism," which uses pure and simple surface elements to create a confident, decisive and recognizable appearance appealing to more youthful consumers. It features a more provocative, dynamic interpretation of a compact sedan that displays a more stable, athletic stance with 19-inch allow wheels pushed to the vehicle's corners with short overhangs to help emphasize its long wheelbase.

The Corolla Furia design includes a swept windshield, with a sloped roofline and pronounced fender flares, to help communicate a sense of motion even when the car is stationary. The aggressively styled front fascia, with a blacked-out grille treatment, helps highlight a pair of sculpted front LED headlamps that combine with the rear composite LED taillight assemblies to add a sense of advanced technology to the Furia's impactful exterior. Carbon fiber accents adorn the Corolla Furia Concept's wheel wells, rocker panels, and rear valance, which includes ornate metal exhaust outlet surrounds to add a sense of modern athleticism.

Toyota Corolla Furia Concept
Overall Length 4620 mm/ 181.9 inches
Overall Width 1805 mm / 71 inches
Overall Height 1425 mm / 56.1 inches
Wheelbase 2700 mm/ 106.3 inches
Wheels 19-inch aluminum alloy

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      • 2 Years Ago
      Thats a nice looking Civic. Honda, are you paying attention? Toyota just redesigned it for you, and did a better job than you did.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Knowing Toyota that dominates the American market and wants continue to dominating. We might see a Corolla with lines like (Auris), with its 5-door version Matrix and very dynamic version, Called Furia. A little history, in those times where Toyota had Auto dynamic and interesting, like the Celica and Supra that was originated by the Celica (Celica Supra). It seems that history could repeat itself, and with good results. In my humble opinion, Toyota is the # 1 company not only for its quality, also for their marketing strategies.
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        Hopefully the FT-86 was an indication of what's to come down the line from Toyota. From concept to production, not a lot was lost.
      • 2 Years Ago
      The rear is very interesting. But, what's up with Toyota with slits as grilles and huge gaping holes in the lower bumper.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Really enjoyed the design of how the headlights and the grill blend into each other. I cannot remember if that has ever been done. Simple yet impressive.
      James McGarity
      • 2 Years Ago
      Well, I am definitely impressed! I do have some criticisms though: I think the front end is just a tiny bit too aggressive and I'm not a fan of that charcoal black body cladding at the back and bottom (it's maybe a bit too ... "Pontiac"). I have a feeling though, that the exact things I'm criticizing on this concept will probably be toned down on the production model. I just hope Toyota doesn't neuter the car too much! This is one car that has the chance to definitely stand out from the crowd!
      • 2 Years Ago
      ...well, the paint looks great.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Its got the old Honda Accord body line but a very nice frontal presence, to be made final judgement on the production model.
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'd like to see it in hatchback form.
      • 2 Years Ago
      Holy crap this looks amazing
      • 2 Years Ago
      Within the last 3 years? Toyota has been doing some really nice designs.... I'm so glad that Toyota is leading the pack in sound good design. Previously it was Honda for leading design. Mazda for the most consistent and non-offensive, non vanilla, but now I have to say the praise should go to Toyota. I'd think about 65-70% of this can be translated to production
      Jeremy Pennini
      • 2 Years Ago
      The "car" pictured is plugged in to the floor for it's lights, and it's entirely composed of plastic + wheels\tires. The door and glass shape's are likely close to what the next corolla will have, but it's really not going to look like that at all.
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