Our Toyota Corolla Furia Concept post from last week received plenty of attention on both and our Facebook page, and we’re guessing it’s because no one expected such a look from a Toyota Corolla, even if it’s just a concept. In the face of flashy rivals, Toyota knows it needs to take a bolder approach for the Corolla, the epitome of safe (and staid) design.

“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.

Toyota wanted a “more stable, athletic stance” and so the Furia Concept is 45 mm wider than the current Corolla Altis, while sitting 40 mm closer to the ground. Given the release of detailed dimensions and the tone of the press release, we figured that the Furia Concept is close to production, minus flashy showcar details, so we commissioned top automotive manipulator Theophilus Chin to come up with a toned-down Furia.

Here’s what Theo thinks the next-generation Toyota Corolla will look like, based on the Furia Concept. The pic with the white background is his pre-Furia Corolla rendering, based on the front-end of the Auris hatchback that debut in August 2012. Like what you see?