Discussion of the Toyota Corolla in the context of it being “sporty” or “upscale” may ring hollow for many that consider the compact sedan as being the very definition of basic transportation. Yet with the addition of LED lighting, more technological integration, and at the very least, more interesting styling than its nondescript predecessor, shows that Toyota is making an attempt to make its compact standard-bearer a little more interesting.
We now have the all-new eleventh-generation 2014 Toyota Corolla that will go on sale in fall 2013 around the world. As is often the case, the styling and content between the model sold in the U.S. and the rest of the world will differ slightly. The model that will be sold in Europe, Australia and other markets will get front-end styling resembling the European-market Auris. The U.S. version has a more aggressive-looking angular front end with a prominent lower grille. This supposedly in response to criticism of the current U.S.-spec Corolla perceived as not being sporty enough.
The Euro-spec Corolla’s nose is smoother and less-angular, resembling the aforementioned larger Auris, in Toyota’s bid to position the Corolla as more upscale in European markets. Interior and rear-end styling is more similar between the two models. But there’s no denying that a car’s front end is often the defining characteristic of a car’s personality. Which are you a bigger fan of? The angular, aggressive lines of the U.S.-spec Corolla, or the smoother, more subdued lines of the European model?