Corolla Furia Concept-09

This is the Toyota Corolla Furia Concept from the 2013 North American International Auto Show in Detroit. As its name suggests, the Furia Concept previews the next-generation Corolla sedan, which should make its debut this year, according to Toyota and Scion USA vice president Bill Fay.

By the way, we’re talking about the next-gen Corolla Altis as we know it, not the JDM Toyota Corolla Axio and Fielder wagon that was launched in Japan last year. The current E140 Corolla has been around since 2006, so a new one is long overdue.

“This exciting compact sedan concept hints at the styling cues consumers can expect to see on the next-generation Corolla. The concept represents an exterior styling study by Toyota designers, and it builds on the brand’s product development priority to develop more dramatic, expressively designed vehicles,” the press release reads.

“The Corolla Furia Concept is an early indicator of where our compact car design may lead in the future. It blends a heightened emphasis on dramatic design and modern elements of high technology to generate curb appeal that will surprise a lot of people,” Fay said.

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Designed around a theme of “Iconic Dynamism,” the Corolla Furia Concept is 4,620 mm long, 1,805 mm wide and 1,425 mm tall. This means that while it’s 60 mm longer than the Altis, the Furia’s 2,700 mm wheelbase is a whole 100 mm longer than the current car’s. 2.7m seems to be the wheelbase par for today’s C-segment sedans – both the Hyundai Elantra MD and new Nissan Sylphy also share the measurement.

Toyota wanted a “more stable, athletic stance” and so the Furia Concept is 45 mm wider than the Altis, while sitting 40 mm closer to the ground. The fact that a concept car is released with such detailed dimensions could mean that the car body you see here is close to production, minus obvious showcar details such as the 19-inch rims, fancy lights and carbon fibre bits.

Above is Theophilus Chin’s rendering of the next-gen Corolla Altis, done last August and inspired by the new Auris hatchback for Europe. Like Toyota’s new direction for the Altis?