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

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

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2013 Toyota Corolla

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