New Toyota Corolla Altis is one of the most successful models by Japanese car maker Toyota Motors. This superior mid-sized sedan is one of most desirable car for Indians customers. It looks executive and at the same time sheds luxury. It has an awesome presence on road and one cannot resist looking back at Corolla Altis. Toyota Corolla is essentially a blend of genius performance and gorgeous styling.
Toyota believes in a tradition of naming its basic cars on the names of crown. Corolla means crown in Latin and thus follows this tradition. In India it competes with Honda Civic, Chevrolet Cruze, Skoda Laura, etc. Corolla is manufactured in India itself at Toyota Kirloskar Motors’ plant in Bangalore. Toyota Corolla has been serving global markets since 1966 when it was first launched. By 1997, the sedan became the best-seller in world beating the cute VW Beetle. In India, Corolla made its debut in 2003 which its 9th generation and currently we have the 10th generation Toyota Corolla Altis in the domestic market.
A practical thing about Toyota Corolla Altis is that it is present in diesel as well as petrol engine. Engine of the new Corolla Altis petrol is 1.8L with dual variable valve timing with intelligence (Dual VVT-i). This special gasoline engine of the car is capable of delivering a power of 140bhp. This VVT-i engine is a 4 cylinder inline type with 16 valves in built, which are capable of delivering a displacement of 1798cc. The torque developed by petrol Corolla is 173 Nm and the fuel supply system to the engine is electronic. The engine is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission; however, the company introduced a super CVT-I with 7-speed sequential Shiftmatic. For the diesel car lovers, Toyota rolls out Corolla with 1364 cc D-4D diesel engine with Variable Nozzle Turbo and Intercooler. This 4 cylinder inline common rail diesel engine makes 88.4 PS of power and 205 Nm torque.
Front suspension is Mac Pherson Strut type while the rear suspension is Torsion Beam. Steering is equipped with Electric Power Steering (EPS) technology. Presently, Corolla Altis is featured with wider and lower front character line, exterior flow line is also very distinctive. Wing mirror of the car is provided with turn indicators, parking sensors are present in the car at the front and the rear side, AC is auto climate controlled with heater, audio system is totally integrated, steering control is tilt and telescopic vision equipped. Other feature includes 8-way power front seat. The turning radius of the car is just 5.3m.
Toyota Corolla Mileage
Ed's take: The Toyota Corolla Altis is known for its high fuel efficiency, not only on the diesel but even on the petrol.
Toyota Corolla Altis is not only a luxury car but also a fuel efficient car. The Toyota Corolla is loaded with a 1798cc, 4 cylinder, 16 Valve, DOHC with dual VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing – intelligent) powertrain. The mill of the Toyota Corolla Altis belts out a peak power of 140 PS at 6,400 rpm and churns a maximum torque of 173 Nm at 4,000 rpm. Before discussing the mileage of Toyota Corolla, you should know about VVT-i. The innovative technology from Toyota is responsible for enhanced fuel economy and less carbon emissions. Along with this, the technology ensures better power, torque and acceleration. With the help of VVT-i, Toyota Corolla gives a standard mileage of 9.5 kmpl . This mileage is associated with the manual version, whereas the automatic Toyota Corolla gives 8 kmpl mileage.
The diesel guised Toyota Corolla Altis is powered by a 1364 cc common rail D-4D diesel engine with Variable Nozzle Turbo and Intercooler, 4 cylinder inline. This mighty engine is more fuel efficient and delivers a superb 17.5 kmpl of mileage .
Power of Toyota Corolla
Ed's take: The Corolla Altis has good power on offer, especially the petrol as it is highly fuel-efficient too, despite being a 1.8-litre.
The Toyota Corolla Altis comes loaded with a 1798 cc, 4 cylinder, 16 Valve, DOHC with VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing – intelligent) petrol engine. This magnificent engine is capable of producing 140 PS of peak power at 6400 rpm and 173 Nm of peak torque at 4000 rpm . These power and torque figures are very impressive for a sedan. The engine output is well enhanced by Dual VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing – intelligent). The Dual VVT-i ensures maximum engine's performance by optimising both the air-intake and exhaust. It depends on whether you are cruising, accelerating, passing or idling. As a result, power loss is minimized and greater fuel efficiency is ensured with less emission. The power and torque delivery is well maintained and controlled by 6 speed manual and 7 speed automatic transmission promises seamless and accurate shifting and the outcome is butter-smooth travel. The diesel guised Toyota Corolla Altis is powered by a 1364 cc common rail D-4D diesel engine with Variable Nozzle Turbo and Intercooler, 4 cylinder inline. This engine is good for churning out 88.4 PS of power at 3800 rpm and 205 Nm torque at 1800-2800 rpm .
Toyota Corolla Colours
These colors are available with all variants of Toyota Corolla
Dark red mica metallic
Champegne Mica Mettalic
White Pearl Mica
Silver Mica Metallic
Light blue metallic
Super White II
Acceleration & Pick-Up
Ed's take: The Corolla Altis petrol has good acceleration, while one has to put in efforts to extract maximum power from the diesel.
The Toyota Corolla Altis is powered by a 1798 cc, 4 cylinders, 16 Valve, DOHC petrol engine with Dual VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing – intelligent). This powerhouse of the machine pumps out a peak power of 140 PS at 6400 rpm and generates 173 Nm of maximum torque at 4,000 rpm . The engine is wisely mated to a 6 speed manual transmission and can thus accelerate from 0-100 kmph in just 13 seconds . The claimed top speed of the sedan is 190 kmph . The 7 speed automatic transmission version accelerates in 14 kmph.
The diesel guised Toyota Corolla Altis is powered by a 1364 cc common rail D-4D diesel engine with Variable Nozzle Turbo and Intercooler, 4 cylinder inline. The engine is mated to a 6 speed manual transmission. This version accelerates from 0-100 kmph in 14 sec and the top speed of Toyota Corolla Altis diesel is 185 kmph .
Toyota Corolla Exteriors
Toyota India smartly puts ‘Genius Inside, Gorgeous Outside’ for Corolla Altis. One can feel the luxury that it beads at every move on road. The exterior looks of the Toyota Corolla Altis are fantastic as well as classy. The front face's fit and finish is awesome comprising of angular eye-shaped headlamp, sleek grille and front fog lamps. The eye-shape headlamps cluster consists of HID headlamps with retractable washers and turn indicators. The grille boasts of two chrome bars in the petrol variants of Corolla while it is simple chrome-less in the diesel variants. Bold lines are left for separating each part from other. Front, side and rear skirts are used to give it sportier look as well. The outside rear view mirrors are electrically powered and retractable with turn indicators. The ORVMs and all skirts are in body colour while door handle vary from body color to chrome finish in different variants. A printed antenna is standard on all variants while door belt moulding and side protective moulding are in chrome in mid and high-end variants only. The Toyota Corolla boasts of seven spoke alloy wheels. In the same way, the rear view is awesome. There is thick chrome band on the trunk to give a luxurious feel to the rear. All the badging is also done with chrome. The tail lamp cluster houses brake light and reverse light. The reflectors are lowly placed on the rear body colour bumper.
Toyota Corolla Altis is a luxury sedan which comes with four doors. The overall dimension of the car is: 4540 mm (Length), 1760 mm (width) and 1480 mm (height). The wheel base is 2600mm and ground clearance is 175 mm. The minimum turning radius of Corolla Altis is 5.3 m .
Toyota Corolla Interior
Ed's take: The interior of the Corolla Altis is basic in design and it is more of function over form.
Toyota Corolla Altis leaves nothing to imagine for interior appearance. The interior of the car is designed to give it a classic and ultra-modern look and the designers succeeded as well. From front cabin to the rear seat, everything is a result of creativity. Only the steering wheel is enough to tell you the beautiful story of its making. The steering wheel is electronically powered and has mounted audio controls . This comes in four spoke covered in leather and wood finish mixture. Multi-Information Display switch and cruise control are also there for easy and handy use. The overall interior of Toyota Corolla Altis is created with a blend of wood finish and beautiful flooring and leather covering at seats as well. The dashboard of the cabin looks superb with wood finish audio system and the meter console is Optitron 3D for better viewing. AC vents are in rectangular shape and placed at both end of the dashboard.
Inner rear view mirror is auto anti glare type. The driver seat is like a revolving chair as it can be adjusted for 8 ways and height adjustment also can be done. Seat security is also added in Toyota Corolla. A two-layer glove box is carved in the dashboard. Vanity mirrors with lamp for driver and passenger are there. The rear seat row is split foldable (60:40). The seats are equipped with centre armrest with cup holder, door armrest in wood finish. The seat material is in leather, inside door handle in silver finish, door scuff plate ornament with Toyota Corolla Altis embossed in front.
Toyota Corolla Altis is a flagship model of the Japanese company. The sedan type car ensures great headroom and legroom inside the front cabin. The front cabin is blessed with 2 stage glove box and cup holder at the middle and either side of seats. The electronically powered steering wheel, tilt plus telescopic is equipped with cruise control, MID switch. The four spoke steering wheel comes in leather and wood finish combination. The driver seat is powered which can be adjusted to 8 ways. The driver seat sports lumber support and height adjustment which are both electronically powered. The rear seat is split and foldable (60:40) with centre armrest and cup holders while the front armrest is sliding type. The sedan, Toyota Corolla Altis also boasts of large boot space that is of 475L so that you can put your baggage and other stuff there.
Toyota Corolla Altis is a sedan type car and comes with four door option. The car has a longer wheelbase i.e. 2600mm. The larger wheelbase suggests more space inside the car. It is quite evident that the cabins of the car are spacious and the space can be used in required way by adjusting or folding the seats. Enough storage space and comfort features are added around both the rows as well. The fuel tank capacity of Toyota Corolla Altis is 50 litre and the boot capacity is 475 litre.
Toyota Corolla Engine and Performance
Ed's take: The performance of the Corolla Altis is good. Not the best in class, but definitely very smooth and refined mills that perform well.
The heart of the Toyota Corolla Altis’ is located under the stylish bonnet. The engine is loaded with a 1794cc, 4 cylinders, 16 Valve, DOHC petrol engine with Dual VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing – intelligent) . This mixture of innovative engine technologies is capable of generating maximum power of 140 PS at 6,400 rpm and belts out peak torque of 173 Nm at 4,000 rpm. This is made possible with the active support of Dual VVT-i technology. The VVT-i is short form of Variable Valve Timing – intelligent. This system works to allow variable timing of the air intake and exhaust valves which changes while the mill is active. This results in higher power and torque delivery along with greater fuel economy and lesser emissions. The petrol engine is either mated to a 6 speed manual transmission and 7 speed automatic transmission .
There is a choice of diesel engine in Toyota Corolla Altis. The diesel guised Toyota Corolla Altis is powered by a 1364 cc common rail D-4D diesel engine with Variable Nozzle Turbo and Intercooler , 4 cylinder inline. The engine is mated to a 6 speed manual transmission.
Toyota Corolla Altis comes loaded with 15 inch seven-spoke alloy/steel wheels that add to the class of the vehicle. It is to be noted that the base variant of the Toyota Corolla Altis is not equipped with alloy wheels. The tyre specification is 195/65 for all tyres. The wheelbase of the Toyota Corolla is of 2600 mm while the ground clearance is 175 mm. As a result the turning radius is of 5.3 meters.
Braking & Handling
Ed's take: The handling characteristics of the Corolla Altis is good and even the ride is composed and smooth.
Toyota Corolla Altis, the ultimate luxury sedan houses the best comfort and handling support features. Handling is much dependent on braking system. So keeping this in mind, the company has blessed the Toyota Corolla with front ventilated disc brake and rear solid disc. The disc brakes become more effective with Anti-lock braking system (ABS) coupled with EBD . For better handling and comfort, advanced suspensions are fitted in Toyota Corolla. The front suspension is Macpherson strut while the rear one is Torsion Beam. Coupled with smart braking system and quick responding forks, the car behaves in gentle way with impressive control.
Handling & Safety
Ed's take: The safety features on the Corolla Altis are ABS with EBD and even airbags.
Toyota Corolla Altis comes loaded with most advanced passive and active safety features. The sedan sports SRS airbags for driver and passenger to ensure minimum injury during collision. A special WIL (Whiplash Injury Lessening ) concept drive seat prevents injuries to the neck and the back in case of a rear end collision. Apart from that three-point ELR seat belts are there at the front row with pre-tensioner and force limiter, dual 3 point ELR and 2 point NR seatbelts at rear seat belt with warning for driver and passenger , HID headlamps with retractable washers, seat security lock, keyless entry, immobilizer and alarm, power door lock with vehicle speed auto lock, impact sensing fuel cut and driver side one touch up/down with jam protection . Handling the Toyota Corolla becomes much easier with 5.3 m turning radius and ABS with EBD.
Stereo & Accessories in Toyota Corolla
Ed's take: The Corolla Altis has been loaded with all the must have features by Toyota. Hence, it fulfills the needs of the buyer.
The flagship model of Toyota, Toyota Corolla Altis is a four door luxury sedan which was launched in India with funky interiors. The most attractive part of the interior design is its audio system features and casing. The Toyota Corolla sports in Dash 6 CD Audio with MP3/AM/FM/Aux-in . It makes rocking sound with the help of six speakers . The handsome audio system can be operated by front passenger and driver. The driver has got audio control mounted on steering wheel for easy operation. In the same way, the front passenger can operate it with a remote control. The car is blessed with automatic AC with heater, power steering and power windows, automatic headlamps, cruise control, multi information display etc .
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Pros & Cons
Toyota Corolla Pros :
Space, smooth drive with great pick-up, generous legroom
Toyota Corolla Cons :
Low mileage in petrol version
Toyota Corolla Price
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Toyota Corolla prices were updated on 07 May 2013