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Toyota teases next Corolla sedan

New direction: Toyota promises a more exciting look for the new Corolla sedan as it moves away from the more conservative design of the current model.

New Toyota Corolla sedan to be sportier, more stylish as teaser image surfaces

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Toyota logo23 May 2013

By TIM NICHOLSON

TOYOTA has teased its sportier new Corolla sedan ahead of its official global unveiling on June 6.

Released on Toyota USA’s Facebook page, the teaser image shows the lower rear of the Corolla and appears to maintain a similar rear design to the Furia concept that was revealed at the Detroit motor show earlier this year.

While the Corolla sedan may be inspired by the design of the sleek-looking Furia, it will most likely feature far less-radical styling than the concept.

Toyota Australia public relations manager Mike Breen confirmed to GoAuto in February that the Furia concept was indicative of the production sedan that is likely to go on sale locally in the first quarter of next year.

Spy photos of a production vehicle with Corolla badges that hit the web in February revealed a similar angular front end to that of the Corolla hatch as well as the current model Camry and recently-released RAV4.

In April, Toyota unveiled the Yundong Shuangquing II small car concept at the Shanghai motor show that had a similar shape to the Furia and hinted at the new Corolla.

An ‘S’ badge on the rear of the car hints at the more sporting nature of the next-generation of the small sedan, with Toyota already confirming a move away from the conservative styling of previous Corolla sedans.

It is not yet known if Toyota will follow the same variant line-up as the current model that includes the base Ascent, Ascent Sport, Conquest and top-spec Ultima.

After launching in Australia in October last year, the Corolla hatch has been a sales winner for the Japanese brand and is the second-best selling small car in Australia this year with 13,134 units, just behind the number one-selling Mazda3 on 13,351 sales.

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