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UMW Toyota Motor has officially launched the 2014 Toyota Corolla Altis – the Thai-built 11th-generation Corolla debuts here in three variant forms, a baseline 1.8E, a 2.0G and range-topping 2.0V.

Looks-wise, the new car is a much sharper looking proposition – the frontal styling is certainly rakish. Viewed from the side, the new Altis has a longer profile that is visually ‘extended’ by a long straight character line that runs from front to back.

At the rear, the flow of the rear chrome garnish, combination lamps and character lines are seamlessly connected, with the trunk lid and rear bumper forming a continuous surface.

Measuring in at 4,620 mm long, 1,776 mm wide and 1,460 mm tall, the new car has a wider and lower profile – length is 80 mm longer than the previous car, and width is up by 16 mm. Wheelbase has been increased by 100 mm to 2,700 mm to enhance cabin space. Boot space, meanwhile, is 470 litres (VDA).

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The increased wheelbase translates to increased space for the rear occupants, with rear seat knee clearance up by an additional 92 mm. The rear seats are 60:40 split foldable and can also recline for added flexibility.

The design of the seats has also been improved, with enhanced support and grip for the body with increased seat-to-body contact – among the changes are extra bulges to the seat bolster to enhance fitting comfort on the lower back.

The 2.0V front seats come with a sports design with added shoulder, torso and hip padding and driver eight-way power seat, while the 2.0G and 1.8E are equipped with a six-way manual adjustment front seats.

In terms of powertrains, the 1.8E wears a 2ZR-FE 1.8 litre unit, with 139 PS at 6,400 rpm and 173 Nm at 4,000 rpm, while the 2.0 litre variants feature the 3ZR-FE, which has 145 PS at 6,200 rpm and 187 Nm at 3,600 rpm for output numbers.

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All three variants are shod with a CVT ‘box with seven-speed sports sequential shift, but the transmissions are different – the one in the 2.0 has been carried over, with a revised control unit, while the one in the 1.8E is new to our market.

Standard kit across the range includes front and rear fog lamps, three-spoke leather-wrapped steering wheel with audio controls, a leather-wrapped gearshift, a windscreen featuring acoustic glass, front/rear parking sensors and automatic air conditioning.

As for upholstery, the 2.0V features black combination leather lined with fine white stitching, while the 2.0G and 1.8E comes with fabric in two shades (black and dark grey pattern). The audio console on the 2.0V is finished in what is called a ‘Cyber-Carbon’ effect, while the one on the 2.0G and 1.8E is in Piano Black.

Other differentiation points – the 2.0V comes with LED projector-type headlamps with DRLs and automatic levelling, while the 2.0G and 1.8E are equipped with halogen headlamps with manual levelling. As for wheels, both the 2.0G and 1.8 E Altis wear 16-inch alloys and 205/55 profile tyres, while the 2.0V is equipped with a 17-incher and 215/45 rubbers.

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The 2.0V and 2.0G are equipped with a DVD-AVX two-DIN audio system as standard – the system incorporates a DVD player and a seven-inch touchscreen display as well as Smartphone link and a reverse camera. The 1.8E, meanwhile, also has a two-DIN head unit, but incorporating a CD player.

While the 2.0G and 1.8E have a regular keyed-ignition, the 2.0V features push-start ignition. It also has auto electro-chromic rearview mirror, cruise control and VSC/traction control. Optional for the 2.0V is an “Additional Safety Package,” which bumps the airbag count to seven, a class-leading figure, at an additional cost of RM3,900.

Five colours are available for the new Altis – White Pearl CS, Silver Metallic, Attitude Black and two newly-introduced shades – Grey Metallic and Dark Brown Mica Metallic.

The 2014 Toyota Corolla Altis is priced at RM114,000 for the 1.8E, RM123,000 for the 2.0G and RM136,000 for the top-of-the-range 2.0V, all on-the-road with insurance. As with all models offered by UMW Toyota Motor, the Altis comes with a three-year or 100,000 km warranty.

Read our full test drive report here: 2014 Toyota Corolla Altis 2.0V Review.