Toyota Furia Concept hints at next Corolla...maybe

Let's just say that we can only hope that the next Corolla looks half as good as the Furia Concept...I mean the Corolla Furia Concept. Automakers will often use auto shows as a way to test a new design direction. Management should rest easy since the Furia puts the current Corolla to shame and lots of its competition as well. The design is a little chunky, but unique. The grille is an expansion of Toyota's current maw with some nice lighting touches. It would be a shame if the light bars above the grille and at the faux air intakes on the bumper don't see production. The contrasting body accents work well and give the Furia some toughness and break up the car's profile. The greenhouse is especially clean, but is the one thing that I'd expect to change. Too bad. The profile is very nice (see pic after the jump.) and makes the Furia stand out as a clean design. All in all, this is one nice-looking small car and that's not an easy thing to do. If Toyota doesn't make this the new Corolla, how about a new Prius, since the next Prius is rumored to be a departure from the current model. Good job Toyota designers. More to come...

Source: Toyota - Press release after the jump.

Press Release:
Toyota Furia Concept Makes Global Debut at 2013 North American International Auto Show

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