Details and prices having been revealed since last month, the new facelifted Toyota Corolla Altis has finally gone on sale. The ubiquitous C-segment sedan gains a new look and massively improved standard safety kit.
First up, the prices, which start at RM120,900 for the 1.8E, rising up to RM123,900 for the 1.8G and RM138,900 for the top-of-the-range 2.0V – the same prices as before. All prices are on-the-road inclusive of insurance and a five-year, unlimited-mileage warranty.
Exterior-wise, there’s a redesigned front end – reshaped headlights flank a slimmer grille, with a thicker chrome trim. The front bumper has also been reprofiled and gets a wider air intake for a more aggressive look. Meanwhile, the rear of the car receives new LED tail light graphics and a thinner chrome rear garnish.
Inside, the Corolla Altis gains a mildly-restyled dashboard with round corner air vents, a new centre console and new air-con controls. The multifunction controls on the steering wheel have also been revised, while the instrument cluster has been given new graphics.
Standard kit includes automatic halogen headlights, 16-inch alloy wheels, front and rear fog lights, keyless entry, push button start, single-zone auto air-con, an acoustic windscreen, a leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel, fabric seats, 60:40 split-folding rear seats and a standard radio/CD/USB head unit.
The 1.8G gains auto-folding door mirrors, leather upholstery, Bluetooth connectivity and an Optitron instrument cluster with a 4.2-inch colour multi-info display. Step up to the 2.0G and one gains LED projector headlights, 17-inch alloys, sports seats with eight-way power adjustment for the driver’s seat, an auto-dimming rear-view mirror, cruise control and steering wheel paddle shifters.
Safety-wise, all models now get seven airbags (including one for the driver’s knees), ABS with EBD and brake assist, Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and ISOFIX rear child seat anchors. That is a huge jump from the outgoing model, which had two airbags as standard; only the 2.0V received VSC, and you had to pay an extra RM3,900 for the Additional Safety Package to get seven airbags.
Mechanicals remain mostly unchanged – you get a choice of either a 1.8 litre 2ZR-FE Dual VVT-i four-cylinder petrol engine producing 139 PS at 6,400 rpm and 173 Nm at 4,000 rpm, or a 2.0 litre 3ZR-FR unit churning out 145 PS at 6,200 rpm and 187 Nm at 3,600 rpm. Both mills are mated to a CVT with a seven-speed virtual ratio function and a new Sport mode. The suspension has been retuned for a more refined ride.
Options include a RM6,137 Value Package that adds a DVD-AVX infotainment system, a reverse camera, a digital video recorder, illuminated scuff plates and Toyota Premium Security and Solar window tint, along with a RM1,272 upgrade to a navigation system with smartphone connectivity, HDMI, WiFi and an Internet browser. There’s also an aerokit that costs RM2,438, or RM3,710 when bundled with the navigation system.
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