Toyota Auris concept: 2007 Corolla previewed?

Toyota today unveiled the Auris "Space Concept" at the Paris Motor Show. While the automaker has not publicly said it, the car is widely believed to preview the next-generation 2007/2008 Corolla. The concept features panoramic glass roof, wide shoulders and short overhangs, sports-styled 19-inch alloy wheels, freeform geometric lamps, prominent brake callipers and deep rear bumper with integrated chrome exhausts.

The gold exterior paint finish and interior piping reflect the car's name, aurum being the Latin word for gold. Wahei Hirai, Toyota Global Design Managing Officer explains: "The Auris space concept is tall and spacious. The high waistline, short overhangs and forward balance of the cabin architecture ensure it retains a sense of dynamism and agility, a quality we call perfect imbalance." Gallery after the jump...