The Toyota Corolla 2014, the 11th generation of the biggest-selling car in history, has been been unveiled as expected with the automaker’s theme of “Iconic Dynamism.”
With mechanical and aerodynamic upgrades and a target of more than 40 mph, the new Toyota Corolla will showcase a sleeker, more modern design with a longer wheelbase.
The new 2014 Toyota Corolla will also feature shorter overhangs, more pronounced wheel arches and cleanly sculpted surfaces. The faster sloping roofline blends into a shorter rear deck to lend the sedan a sportier image.
The new Corolla’s athletic character is complemented by a broad range of styled alloy wheel and wheel cover options. They range from covered 15-inch steel wheels to 17-inch alloy wheels. The new Corolla will also offer three new exterior colors.
The new Corolla’s longer 106.3-inch wheelbase creates a more spacious interior. The rear seat area is 2.95-inches longer than the previous model.
Toyota Corolla 2014: New Transmission
The 2014 Toyota Corolla will also offer a new LE Eco grade differentiated by a more efficient 140-horsepower, 1.8-liter engine with Valvematic technology; improved aerodynamics; and low rolling resistance tires. The Corolla Eco-badged models will achieve an estimated highway fuel economy rating of more than 40 mpg. That’s with thanks to a new Valvematic engine combined with a newly developed Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT).
The Toyota Corolla L, LE, and S grade models are all powered by a 1.8-liter, four-cylinder engine with intelligent Variable Valve Timing (VVT-i) that produces 132 horsepower.
While the new Corolla has a new exterior and interior, the model remains committed to delivering superior fuel economy in the compact segment. The Corolla LE and S offer a newly developed continuously variable transmission (CVT). This new advanced transmission, named CVTi-S (“i” for intelligent, “S” for shift), helps increase the Corolla’s fuel economy and provide its smooth and efficient power transfer.
The new transmission has also been engineered to offer improved drivability and mitigate the “rubber band” feeling associated with traditional CVT’s under acceleration. The new CVTi-S has been engineered to strike a balance between addressing fuel economy targets and higher level of drivability to meet consumer tastes. A six-speed manual transmission is available on the Corolla L and S grades.