Toyota Altis Diesel to be Launched Today

Wednesday 21 July 2010, 00:00 AM by Payal Pathak

Toyota Motors is ready to introduce the diesel variant of its model Corolla Altis today in the Indian market. Toyota will launch the new diesel model powered by 1.4L 90hp CRDi engine coupled with 6-speed transmission. The model is expected to be priced at least Rs 1 lakh above the petrol model. It will be imported as completely knocked down unit and will be assembled at the TKM plant to make it price competitive. It also has an ARAI certification of delivering mileage of 21.43 kmpl, which is a segment maximum.

Toyota launched the CNG model of Corolla earlier this year and will roll out the diesel variant today. The model will be same as its petrol variant in terms of its features, exteriors, interiors and safety. It will compete with models like Chevy Cruze, Volkswagen Jetta and Skoda Laura.

The expected price of the model is Rs. 13.5 lakh in the Indian market. Sandeep Singh, the deputy MD of Toyota Kirloskar Motors believes that with the launch of the new diesel variant, the monthly sales average of Corolla Altis will increase from 800 to 1100 units.

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