Rumor: Toyota Celica to hit the streets in 2017
[dropcap style=”style1″]R[/dropcap]umors have begun to spread about an all-new Toyota Celica to be released in 2017. There is no official word from Toyota, but various internet spies have all but confirmed the rumor. Among the comments and stories is that – if true – the Toyota Celica will have been redesigned from top to bottom and based more on the Toyota 86 model, meaning rear-wheel drive fans may once again have something to drool over.
The exterior is said to feature integrated foglights, HID reflector beam headlights with standard LED daytime running lights and automatic high beams in the updated bumper, the hood is said to come with air-intake that enables better engine breathing, and the rear of the car is said to consist of LED taillights and a large spoiler.
According to various speculation, the cabin will feature aluminum and chrome details, soft touch materials, and leather will give the Celica a special, refined look. Amenities are said to include heated and powered sport seats, a large touch screen display infotainment system with satellite navigation, Bluetooth connectivity and six speaker audio.
The internet has said the heart of the Celica will be the 2.0-liter power plant, giving it 258 horsepower from the factory, with the possibility of a Hybrid version, which will better boost performance and fuel economy. Additionally, the Celica is said to come as a 6-speed manual transmission or 6-speed automatic CVT transmission with paddle shifters on the steering wheel.
While this is still an unconfirmed rumor, if the information “leaked” is true, we would guess that the Celica may come to life sometime in mid-to-late 2017 with an estimated base price of $20,000.
With the Celica’s long tradition and strong supporters from all over the world we could see Toyota dominating this corner of the sports car market, again, if its true.