Not quite a year yet since its debut here, but some changes have been made to the Toyota Corolla Altis model lineup in the country – UMW Toyota Motor looks to have dropped the 2.0G model from the range and is replacing it with the 1.8G. The company’s website shouts the new variant by saying it’s coming soon – a tip of the hat to reader Andy Bee for the shout.

There’s pricing for it, as well as specifications – the 1.8G goes for RM119,900 on-the-road with insurance, which makes it just over RM3k cheaper than the outgoing 2.0G, which was priced at RM123,000 when the Thai-built 11th-generation Corolla was introduced here back in January.

There is only the one photo of the model shown above, but by all accounts it should shape up very much like the 2.0G – the general specs are identical, save a few minor additions to the kit list.


Aside from the 139 PS, 173 Nm 2ZR-FE 1.8 litre unit taking over from the 145 PS, 187 Nm 3ZR-FE 2.0 litre mill (still paired with the seven-speed CVT), the 1.8G now features black combination leather upholstery as that found on the range-topping 2.0V (the 2.0G’s seats were fabric, like the baseline 1.8E).

The car also gets smart entry and push-start ignition, as does the 1.8E – both it and the 2.0G had keyed-ignition when introduced. Otherwise, everything looks to be familiar ground – two-DIN DVD player with six speakers and a seven-inch touchscreen, the standard trim finish seen previously, two airbags (still no VSC) as well as 16-inch alloys and 205/55 profile tyres. The 1.8G still has halogen headlamps, but they now feature auto operation.

We’ll have more on the variant when it officially breaks cover. Meanwhile, also of note is a revision to the baseline 1.8E’s pricing – the variant is now priced at RM115,900 (OTR, with insurance), up from the RM114k when introduced. The 2.0V, meanwhile, continues on at RM136,000.

See how all the Corolla Altis variants shape up to each other as well as compare the differences between the old 1.8E and revised 1.8E on, and read our full test drive report of the Toyota Corolla Altis 2.0V.