Toyota is the largest car maker in the world by sales. Toyota primarily offers two models worldwide under the Corolla brand name – one is a hatchback and another is a sedan. So far Toyota has not been able to make a mark in the country with its sedans due to presence of Honda Civic and City. These two models from the rival companies have over shadowed its presence in the country. Toyota sold on 40,000 units of Corolla in five years but now plans to sell 20000 units of Corolla Altis per year.
The interiors of the car are primarily is inspired by it`s more expensive sibling, Toyota Camry. The quality of the fabric is of upgraded level that offers speak of quality comparable to Jetta or Civic. Interiors also take care of proper ergonomics with 8 way power driver seat that gives the driver maximum comfort for driving.
However, the exteriors are much more like its earlier version. The rear section especially has been a disappointment as you cannot tell if the new Altis is actually different from the old one, however, use of LEDs in tail lamp cluster can surely amuse you. How Toyota intends to differentiate the new Altis from the old one still remains questionable? Some of the noticeable changes are in the dimensions which are 10mm longer, 60mm wider and 20mm lower. The new car also offers better aerodynamics with grille, head lamps and fog lamps embedded in the bumper.
It comes with 1.8L WT-engine which is quite similar to existing model from Corolla in India. The engine offers power of 140bhp and also has ECU and fuel injection system to offer superior performance. It also has improved emission conformity and better fuel efficiency. It offers 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic transmission for its high end variants. Overall, the new model is capable of delivering a mileage of 11kmpl. The McPherson strut suspension absorbs all the shocks and potholes of Indian road conditions and offer smoother riding experience. Even the seats offer smooth riding experience as they absorb the shocks and give you comfortable ride.
Honda Civic had given a new meaning to light footedness and agility of a vehicle which made Toyota Corolla take a back seat in the minds of the customer. Corolla Altis defies the backseat position to lure the young generation with its easy manoeuvrability and electric steering.
If style, design and power were not enough to make the car competent, Toyota Corolla Altis steps one step forward in its safety gears. It has a robust body with solid built that minimizes body movements. It offers maximum stability with disc brakes on its wheels. Its Electronic Brake Distribution system combined with Anti-braking system sports a new concept in safety features. Other standard safety equipments include dual airbag system and its GOA body structure that absorb the impact of collision.
A car with large boot space is best for a fully loaded family picnic. It is available in five colours White Pearl Mica, Dark Red Mica Metallic, Silver Mica Metallic, Champagne Mica Metallic and Light Blue Metallic. It is available in 3 variants and prices start with Rs. 10.83 lakh upwards, ex-showroom, Delhi.