Toyota has unveiled the facelifted version of their popular Sedan, the Corolla Altis in China. It’s supposed to be called the 2019 Corolla Altis when it will make its way in Indian market. Corolla Altis is based on the TNGA platform that also governs the hatchback and the estate version of the Corolla that’s being sold in European markets. This new sedan version is longer and wider compared to the current car. The height of the new car is lowered while the wheelbase remains unchanged. The dimensions of the Corolla Altis are 4640 mm (length) × 1780 mm (width) and 1435 mm (height), which means it is 20 mm longer, 5 mm wider and 40 mm shorter than current version.
Toyota showcased two trims of the Corolla – the sporty Chinese-spec ‘Levin’, and the business-class Euro-spec ‘Prestige’. Both the trims have a aggressive face, sporting a slender grille and fang-like daytime running lamps. The China version gets some neat looking honeycomb-mesh-like detailing whereas the the Euro-spec version gets sober horizontal slats instead.
Moving to to sides, you’ll encounter a natural revision of the hatchback’s design into a conventional three-box layout. At the rear, the Corolla looks more aggressive than before, with a sharp looking bumper. In terms of equipment, the Corolla Altis comes with the usual — LED projector headlamps, projector foglamps, machine-finished alloy wheels and LED tail lamps. It is noticeable that we don’t see any sort of chrome on this beautiful vehicle which is a good thing. But we expect that to change by a lot to suit the preference of the Indian mass market!
The inside gets a tradition Toyota cabin as usual. The dash boasts a clean upright design, with a central floating touchscreen. There’s some glamour in the form of an LCD instrument cluster, wireless charging, dual-zone climate control, and the all-important sunroof as well. Let’s hope this cabin make its way to India visually unchanged in terms of design. That said, Toyota could choose to go beige-heavy) and throw in some wood-finished accents as well, since that’s been a bit of a Corolla signature in India.
The new Corolla features Toyota’s new ‘Dynamic Force’ engine under the hood. The US-spec version churns out a healthy 170PS of maximum power and 200Nm of peak torque. There’s a hybrid version as well, figures for which have not been officially disclosed. But, we expect it to make around 145PS of power and 180Nm of torque. As expected, the i-CVT automatic is on offer over the usual 6-speed manual. Toyota’s future plan includes introducing the Corolla Hybrid in over 90 countries, which means the India-spec Altis is likely to feature this motor as well. Particularly, the current 1.8-litre engine has been carried over for certain variants of the sedan.
Speaking of the competition, the top-spec variant of the Octavia just got a small feature update, and Hyundai might just have the new Elantra for launch next year. Then, there is the new Honda Civic waiting just across the corner and might enter Indian market anytime soon. The expected prices are between 17-25 lakh from the base to the top variant.