Toyota unveils the all-new Corolla Altis

Completely redesigned and sleeker exterior (1.8 V HV variant)

Story & photos by Randy S. Peregrino

TOYOTA Motor Philippines (TMP) has finally launched the latest generation of its longest-running model—the all-new Corolla Altis. Apart from the newest and popular compact sedan’s introduction, the event also marked another milestone for TMP’s history. That’s because this model is the first in its lineup to feature three of Toyota’s latest technologies in one variant. Bearing a completely redesigned exterior and interior, this twelfth generation now comes in a top spec hybrid variant.

“The all-new Toyota Corolla is the first-ever model to be launched in the Philippines that completely embodies our philosophy of ‘Ever Better Cars,’” said TMP president Satoru Suzuki. “With Toyota New Global Architecture [TNGA] which is the new standard of design and engineering, it provides ‘Ever Better Performance.’ With Toyota Safety Sense [TSS], it offers customers ‘Ever Better Lives.’ And with hybrid technology, it helps create an ‘Ever Better World,’” he added.

Equally stunning rear end (1.6 G variant)

While retaining its timeless legacy, the new generation of the Corolla Altis highlights redesigned with improved performance and accentuated appeal. This well-loved model that we all grew up with further elevates its image by enhancing performance, comfort and convenience, while providing peace of mind with its advanced safety features.  With prestige and sophistication as the main design inspirations, the front end’s appearance is clearly an adaptation of the new Camry’s fascia design. These are the pronounced signature Toyota trapezoidal lower grille projecting a strong and wide stance along with the sharp character line uniting slim upper grille and those sharp-looking headlamps. Exclusive to the 1.8 V HV and 1.6V CVT variants are bi-beam LED headlamps and LED line guide daytime running lights.

The rear end, meantime, also bears that entirely redesigned look. The vehicle’s flanks have a dynamic and active look, which further emphasizes the low center of gravity. Those slim LED taillights matches the front end’s along with the bumper’s contour, as well. There’s also a long and visible character line defines the flank’s belt line. Likewise, exclusive to the 1.8 V HV and 1.6V CVT variants are the machined finish 17-inch allow wheels.

Entirely fresh dashboard layout with better visibility.

As for the interior, it adopted a minimalistic design yet still provides that sophisticated and classy atmosphere. The fresh layout highlights the new center panel with clustered controls and the touch-operated head unit with smartphone mirroring function. The top spec variant also gets a 7-inch information display, keyless entry, push start ignition, drive modes and EV mode, among others. But the simple and spacious cabin doesn’t compromise functionality and guarantees driver and passenger comfort.

As the new hybrid era begins, TMP fulfilled its drive to push for environment-friendly technology, particularly hybrid models. This has been presented during the previously concluded Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050 conference. Now that the all-new Corolla Altis comes in a hybrid electric variant, this marks the first time that the Toyota hybrid technology is made available in a mainstream, high-volume model. This further boosts Toyota’s drive to provide technologically advanced and sustainable mobility options to more Filipinos.

The 1.8V HV variant is powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder VVT-i engine paired with an electric motor. Combined, it generates 134 hp and 207 N-m of maximum torque. The powertrain even has three driving modes (Sport, Eco, Normal) in order to give the driver more control. The other variants, on the other hand, are fitted with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine with Dual VVT-I generating 121 hp and 153 N-m of maximum torque. Both are mated to a CVT with an option of a six-speed manual gearbox for the G and E grades.

The top spec variant’s 2ZR-FXE hybrid engine

Developed under the TNGA platform, the all-new Corolla Altis has significantly improved its agility, stability and visibility. The lower center of gravity and improved suspension provide less roll and sharper vehicle response. Also, visibility is now better due to the reduced cowl height, thinner instrument panel and repositioned mirrors. Further, improved sound insulation now provides quieter cabin and comfortable ride.

The all-new Corolla Altis is the second model to get the TSS. The TSS incorporates active safety features which identify factors that may cause accidents and aid the driver in prevention. These features include the Pre-Collision System (PCS), Lane Departure Alert (LDA), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), and Automatic High Beam (AHB). But several new features are introduced for the 1.8 V HV variant, such as the Lane Tracing Assist (LTA) and the Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC). In terms of other advanced safety features, all variants are equipped with seven SRS air bags, Anti-Lock Brake System with Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Vehicle Stability Control, Hill Start Assist, and three-point Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR) seat belts for the driver and all passengers.

The machined finish 17-inch alloy wheel (Hybrid and V)

There’s also the high-strength frame of the vehicle adopts a body structure that is designed to absorb impact and disperse the collision energy to minimize cabin deformation in the event of a collision. Structure of the engine hood and cowl louver has also been developed to reduce impact energy to a pedestrian in the unlikely event of a collision.

Available colors for each variant and its respective price points are as follows:

1.8 V HV variant with White Pearl shade (P1.595 million), Celeste Gray Metallic, Attitude Black, Silver Metallic, and Red Mica Metallic (P1.580 million); 1.6 V CVT variant with White Pearl shade (P1.200 million), Celeste Gray Metallic, Attitude Black, Silver Metallic and Red Mica Metallic (P1.185 million); 1.6 G CVT variant with Super White and Celeste Gray Metallic shades (P1.115 million); 1.6 G MT variant with Attitude Black, Silver Metallic, and Red Mica Metallic shades (P1.045 million); 1.6 E MT variant with Super White, Attitude Black and  Silver Metallic shades (P999,000). The all-new Corolla Altis will be available in all Toyota dealerships nationwide come September 21st.

Image credits: Randy S. Peregrino, Toyota Motor Philippines


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