Through the various successful generations of the Toyota Corolla Altis, Toyota has been continuously improving upon its design and technologies, and the result is the new Toyota Altis with the new form and superior performance, itâ€™s set to be yet another best seller.
The new Toyota Corolla Altis already boasts various awards. The Corolla Altis has won the prestigious honour of being the Best Compact Passenger Car at the Car of the Year Awards 2010. The new Corolla Altis 1.8L variant also walked away with first prize at the Asian Auto Fuel Efficiency Awards 2010. This is based on the vehicleâ€™s outstanding efficiency, using only 5.5L per 100km.
Toyota Malaysia has introduced the 1.6E, 1.8E, 1.8G and 2.0V Corolla Altis models to Malaysia. The new Toyota Altis has been designed with a broad front and radiates boldness and elegance. The headlamps have a sharp shape and complement the overall front look. The front headlamps of the 1.6E, 1.8E and 1.8G models are halogen headlamps and the 2.0V model comes with stylish high-intensity discharge headlamps with a smoke finish. The grille of the 2.0V model is a simple, single gray bar, which adds a touch of sportiness, while the grille of the 1.6E, 1.8E and 1.8G consists of two sleek chrome bars, which portray a more elegant look. The Toyota Corolla Altis comes with added exterior design features, indicator lights are incorporated into the side mirrors, strengthening visibility to other motorists. The side mirrors are also conveniently electrically retractable.
Front Design of Altis
The vertically long fog lamp brackets and large trapezoidal lower grille emphasises the lower centre of gravity, producing an impressive frontal facade.
Rear Design of Altis
The rear is designed with strong intonations with extended corners on the lower bumper, creating an overall wider, more robust rear.
Headlamps and Rear lamps
The new sleek lower edge line was developed to bring our the sharpness of the car. For an Edgier look, the 2.0v is further enhanced with smoked finishing.
Features a slim look that is wider in the front and sharper at the edges, commanding a bold presence. The prominent, dark grey hirizontal bar of the 2.0V creates a dynamic look while the chrome-trimmed dual horizontal bars give the 1.8G, 1.8E and 1.6R an elegant appearance.
HID Lights (2.0V only)
Brighter than conventional halogen headlamps, the High Intensity Discharge lights are also designed to last significantly longer while having lower energy consumption.
16″ Wheels with 5-spoke Design (2.0V, 1.8G and 1.8E only)
The new 3-dimensional 5-spoke design exudes a strong and advanced image.
The secret to the efficiency of this vehicle lies in its technological engine, the new Corolla Altis is fitted with Toyotaâ€™s dual VVT-i engine, which intelligently adjusts the valve timing for optimum performance, under any operating condition, while simultaneously keeping fuel consumption to minimum levels. The dual VVT-i engine has been engineered to always produce superior performance, whether the engine is running at low speeds or high speeds.
The Toyota Corolla Altis makes for a perfect city vehicle, with its minimum turning radius of 5 metres, parking, u-turns and sharp turns have never been so easy.
All of the variants of the Corolla Altis are automatic transmission. The 1.6E is a 4-speed transmission and comes fitted with Toyotaâ€™s Super Electronic Controlled Transmission technology, which allows for smooth and easy gear changes. The 1.8E, 1.8G and 2.0V variants are 7-speed transmission and come with Toyotaâ€™s CVT-i technology, the CVT-i technology provides linear acceleration after each change in gear and contributes to the overall fuel efficiency of the car. The Corolla Altis also comes with the option of a thrilling 7-speed Sports Sequential Shift which gives the driver sheer power over gear ratios and offers the driver control that is comparable to manual transmission, while still having the ease of automatic transmission.
Dual VVT-i Engine for Toyota Altis
The dual variable valve timing with intelligence engine provides optimal valve timing for any driving condition by crontrolling both the intake and exhaust camshafts to promote valve timing that is optimally suited to engine operating conditions.
The result is a highly efficient system that provides more power and yet delivers excellent fuel efficiency while giving you more torque at low engine speeds and better power output at high speeds.
The interior of the Toyota Altis is spacious, with large seats and ample legroom. The 1.8G and 2.0V variants come with an 8-way powered driverâ€™s seat, making it simple and easy for the driver to adjust the seat to the required height and seating position. In collaboration with this, Toyota has added a rather unique design feature, the steering wheel can be easily tilted to the desired position and can also be brought more forward or placed more backward for ultimate driving comfort.
The boot space of the Corolla Altis has a whopping 475L capacity, and this can be extended even further by folding the rear seats flat. Toyota has put much thought into the interior finish of the vehicle, the dashboard has a high-quality trim and, depending on the variant, controls have been placed strategically on the central cluster and steering wheel for ease of access. The Corolla Altis has also been fitted with a Multi-Information Display, this can prove to be a very useful tool to the driver as it provides vital information such as the fuel consumption, vehicle speed and elapsed time.
The low loading height, shallow depth and wide openning make it easier for you to fill and retrieve items from the trunk. The already generous 475L space is made even greater when the rear seats are folded.
Dashboard and Interior
The new dashboard trim creates a refined atmosphere in the cabin while the 3-dimensional centre cluster design expands the curves of the instrument panel.
Safety is always the top priority on Toyotaâ€™s list. The new Toyota Corolla Altis comes fitted with special large diameter disc brakes, they provide superior stopping power and provide you with ultimate peace of mind when driving in potentially hazardous conditions, such as in heavy rain or on busy highways. The body of the Corolla Altis has also been designed to Toyotaâ€™s body specifications: the Global Outstanding Assessment Body structure of the vehicle disperses impact energy throughout the frame of the vehicle, thereby lessening the impact of a collision, and reducing the risk of injury to the passengers.
The new Toyota Corolla Altis is priced from RM106,000 by Toyota Malaysia and makes for an affordable, high-quality and efficient family car.