• Toyota Furia Concept previews next Corolla
  • Striking look may reveal sporty intentions
  • Next Corolla expected as a 2014 model

Look closely at the Toyota Furia Concept and you can see the all-new 2014 Toyota Corolla. The profile will remain largely unchanged and something similar to the Furia Concept's wheels will even be part of the package. Of course, there won't be any carbon fiber, but look closely at the length of the rear door and you can see just how much interior space the new Toyota Corolla will have. Toyota says easy of entry and exit in the new Corolla car will be key. The front and rear end treatments on the concept are the unreal bits, but the hard points on the car will remain as is. Toyota officials wouldn't confirm just how close the Furia is to the real car, but would confirm the all-new Corolla will look much tamer when it hits dealer lots. We expect Entune to be part of the interior option packages and are hoping for an all-new 1.8 liter engine, a 6-speed automatic transmission and a sportier S model with a 6-speed manual transmission.

Finished in an attractive gold and wearing large, color-matched alloy wheels, the Furia Concept looks highly futuristic. That's especially true thanks to its steeply raked windshield, which gives way to a wide, striking front end complete with an aggressive front bumper design. An LED light strip spanning the sedan's entire width sits atop two narrow headlights, while smaller LED lights are integrated into the bumper.

In back, the concept sedan boasts LED taillights and sharp edges. A rear diffuser housed in black carbon fiber trim wraps around the bumper and continues to the front doors. The Furia also includes a pronounced spoiler, which - coupled with the diffuser and large wheels - means the next Corolla may boast a sporty side. Several rivals, including the Honda Civic, Mazda3, and Volkswagen Jetta, offer performance variants in their lineups.

"The Corolla Furia Concept is an early indicator of where our compact car design may lead in the future," said Bill Fay, Toyota's group vice president and general manager. "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."

While we haven't seen the Furia's interior, Toyota says the concept is about two inches longer than today's Corolla and adds four inches to the sedan's wheelbase. That suggests the next Corolla will likely offer a larger interior than its predecessor. And while the current Corolla's cabin is highly functional, we expect a new model styled after the Furia will offer a lively new interior to match.

The 2014 Corolla is expected to bow later this year. As always, we'll report on any updates as the Corolla Furia Concept is massaged and revised to become production-ready.

What it means to you: Although Toyota still has some changes to make, the Corolla Furia Concept previews the design direction the next Corolla will take.

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Doug DeMuro has a wide range of automotive industry experience, from work at a Ferrari dealership to a manager for Porsche North America. A lifelong car enthusiast, Doug's eclectic vehicle purchases include a Porsche 911 Turbo, an E63 AMG wagon, an old Range Rover and a Mercedes Benz G-wagen.

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