Last week, Toyota revealed their new 2013 Auris five-door hatchback aimed at global (read: not for the U.S.) markets and it’s quite a looker, not to mention all of the research and development time and money going into creating a new model. That said, the styling of the JDM (Japan Domestic Market) Corolla Fielder/Axio is rather mute, bulbous, and places an emphasis on luxury, features, and overall interior volume rather than competitive styling. It certainly wouldn’t work here in North America. The Auris, on the other hand, would look great on our roads, except for one thing: It’s a hatchback. Although there are more and more hatches returning to the land of the free, yanks have not completely warmed up to them enough to warrant Toyota executing a full profile change from sedan to hatchback on the Corolla we get here in the States. Nevertheless, the Corolla we will see here in North America may end up looking very similar to the Auris in profile and overall styling, more or less from the vehicle’s B-pillar on forward. How can we tell? Pictures speak a thousand words.
Firstly, take a look at the front fascia. Now, it’s not the spitting image of the Auris, but from what we can tell from the spy shots, we’re looking at foglights, possible HID headlamps, and a prominent nose with the proportions of the JDM Auris model.
Similarities in side profile are nearly spot-on as well, especially when you look at the mirrors. Not only is the mirror shape identical, so are the aero fins (the same kind we’ve seen on many new Lexus models lately). Proportionally, the front fenders seem to share the same overall shape and proportion on each side of the wheel well, and the similarities between both cars don’t seem to stop until you get behind the B-pillar. Again, this is because the vehicle shown in the spy photos is a Corolla sedan, and with the departure of the Matrix in Toyota’s lineup, it would make sense for Toyota to bring back the Corolla five-door – possibly leaving the door wide open for Toyota to slap a Corolla badge on the back of an Auris and put it on a boat bound for Long Beach. Although that whole situation is purely speculative, it makes perfect sense.
So, what do you think? Would you like to see the new Auris (or something closely resembling it) in the United States soon?
Photo Credit: Autoblog