The Toyota Corolla model stands out as the best-selling compact car in the United States of America and same could be said about this compact sedan here in Nigeria with impressive sales records. As any auto-enthusiast will agree, this model’s redesign is quite necessary, not only because of earlier redesign releases by competing vehicles like Kia Cerato and Hyundai Elantra, but because Toyota loyalist crave for something new and fresh.
The 2014 Corolla will be offered in L, LE, LE ECO and S trim levels. Some features to expect are standard A/C, power windows and locks, navigation system, heated seats, leather upholstery, Bluetooth connectivity and a whooping eight airbags(might vary for other countries other than the U.S) for maximum safety, also a proximity key will be optional.
There are strong indications that some Corolla models will come with a new continuously variable transmission tagged the CVTi-S (the “i” and “S” stand for “intelligent” and “Shift).
Toyota says this new CVTi-S will significantly boost fuel economy, but without the awkward “rubber band” phenomenon exhibited by many CVTs because it features seven stepped “gears” that simulate the feel of a conventional automatic.
Conventional four-speed automatic and 5 or maybe 6-speed manual transmission should also come along to the party.
For the dynamic and suspension properties of this car; due to the sporty orientation of this new model, it’s natural to expect a more rigid platform with better structural integrity.
The basic suspension layout is expected to still consist of MacPherson struts up front and a torsion beam in the rear. Standard wheel sizes will include 15-, 16- and 17-inch steel wheel and hubcap or alloy wheel designs.
There is still no concrete information on the official release date and when this model will get to Nigeria.