Toyota Says Next-Gen Corolla to Receive "More Dramatic Change" Than Avalon

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We’ve come to expect gradual, non-revolutionary changes from the Toyota Corolla with each new generation. As we previously reported, the Corolla may see more attractive sheetmetal in its next generation, but not much else beyond that. A report from WardsAuto, however, suggests the car’s redesign may be more involved.

Comparing the next-generation Corolla to the radically restyled Avalon, general manager of Toyota and Scion brands in the U.S. Bill Fay told WardsAuto, “Some [within Toyota] have said it is an even more dramatic change.”

Though it’s not a revolutionary change, the 2013 Toyota Avalon’s styling represents a huge leap from the previous model. Not only was the exterior completely redone, but the Avalon’s cabin received a makeover as well, adding a floating center stack with a standard touchscreen and capacitive buttons, along with available ambient lighting.

With new C-segment competition on the way in the form of the 2013 Nissan Sentra, revised Honda Civic, and recently revealed next-gen Kia Forte, we wonder what the next Corolla will need to stay at the top of compact sales charts. Does the car need better styling inside and out to please the changing needs of compact sedan customers? Should the Corolla get new, sportier powertrain options to reverse its everyday appliance image? Or should the new Corolla stay mostly the same and keep prices down? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

Source: WardsAuto

Johnny5.sp
Excellent Post Tom. I was thinking the same thing. Currently Toyota/Scion might have the most boring line of cars sold in America. They need to spice things up.
Jon
The Corolla should have updated, modern styling. I don't think they should tinker too much with the ride, as that is the Corolla's strong suit. They could however work on the steering and handling. I would also like to see a 5 door version, not the half car/suv Matrix. There should also be a true SE version like the Camry, not the S badge/styling of the current version. In addition, there should be a top of the line version like the Camry XLE. Also comfort features like a full dead pedal, tilt/telescoping steering wheel, and center armrest should not be omitted. If the next generation is anything like this, I would consider it as my next car to replace my 200K mile Accord.
Tom
The Corolla needs new styling, but should absolutely occupy the same part of the market. In addition to the 4 door, they should add a 2 door, and a 4 door hatch as well. Maybe a 2 door hatch as well. Perhaps they could revive the FX badge and give the Civic Si and VW GTI some competition. The hatchbacks are going to be important, though--isn't the Matrix going away?
AMC1954
If they want to radically change the Corolla, the FT86/Scion FS is a great start.

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