Japanese auto major, Toyota Motor Corporation rolled out the new Corolla avatar in the form of Corolla Altis which is now the 10th Generation Corolla since its conception in the year 1966. The new Corolla Altis boasts of improved power to deliver maximum output, advanced engine technology, world- class safety features and new eye- catching styling coupled with refined luxury. The 10th Generation sedan from Toyota sells in over 140 countries. Toyota Motor Corporation hopes to capture 10% of automobile market in India with its Corolla Altis.
The new Toyota Corolla Altis features wider and lower front end with smooth flowing lines from the front to the rear end which highly resembles the curvaceous design of the Toyota Camry. The lower and wider front end of the Corolla Altis also provides an aerodynamic and a stable drive. The wing mirror of the car dons turn indicators and the parking sensors are placed at the front and rear of the Corolla Altis. The chrome door handles and the rub- strip with chrome insert gives the Altis a classy touch. When looked at closely, the new Altis isn’t much of an aberration from its previous avatar, but manages to look fresh owing to some clever treatment upfront and at the rear.
Another highlight of the new Altis is its neat cabin which is ergonomically designed and well placed interiors giving ample of space and leg room to the driver and the passengers. The interiors are designed to give the car a more cheerful look and are fitted with top notch quality materials. There is also plenty of cubbyholes to store your cell phone or hold your beverage. The rear folding seats allows for maximum optimization of storage space. The Altis is also equipped with an arm rest, integrated with a 6- disc CD player audio system with six speakers and an air conditioner with heater as standard. However, the high end model of the Corolla Altis which is the 1.8VL comes equipped with features like headlamp washers, high- intensity discharge (HID) headlamps, driver seat which can be adjusted in eight ways with lumbar support, cruise control and auto dimming inside rear view mirror
Driving Abilities & Comfort
The Corolla Altis is popularly known to be one of the most luxurious sedans in its segment when it comes to rear seat comfort which is why it is one of the most preferred cars in the world to be used as ’Taxis.’ The different in the ride quality of the Corolla as compared with other cars in its segment is clearly perceptible, making it a hot choice among those who like to be chauffeur driven. Toyota Corolla Altis stands on Mac Pherson Strut type suspension at the front while the rear suspension has Torsion Beam which is responsible for tight turning radius of just 5.3 meters. The Corolla may not be an absolute driver’s car but putting the pedal down really enthralls you, at least in a straight line as the rev-happy engine packs quite some poke and propels this baby convincingly.
The steering feedback isn’t very direct, but makes for effortless navigation in congested streets- it feels a tad vague while cornering at high speeds though. The Electric Power Steering (EPS) wheel has mounted audio- controls allowing easy access to the driver. The sporty 15- inch, 7- spoke alloys look neat. Safety features onboard the Corolla Altis comprise of front ventilated disc brakes and rear solid disc brakes with an Anti- Lock Braking System (ABS), air bags for driver and passengers, keyless entry equipped with an alarm system, front fog lamps and Supplement Restraint System (SRS.)
Toyota Corolla Altis features a 1.8 litre DOHC petrol engine which delivers a power of 132 PS @ 6000 rpm and a max torque of 170Nm @ 4200 rpm. The engine is equipped with Variable Valve Timing with Intelligence (VVV- i) which smoothens the acceleration and makes your drive hassle free. The VVV-I technology is also responsible for optimizing valve timing by regulating air intake and exhaust timings to send potent torque while the engine is at low and mid- range rotations. Fuel consumption is also claimed to be reduced largely with the computation of throttle demand by the engine which then provides the considerable torque during passing, cruising or idling. Corolla Altis comes in four variants out of which the 1.8J, 1.8G, 1.8GL don a 5- speed manual transmission while the 1.8VL dons a 4- speed Automatic transmission.
Presently the Toyota Corolla Altis comes in five different colours and is priced in the range of Rs. 13 to Rs. 16 lakh. With that price tag, the Corolla Altis competes with the likes of the Honda Civic, Volkswagen Jetta and Skoda Laura.