Toyota Corolla Altis ESport Nurburgring Edition Thailand 1

The new Toyota Corolla Altis for the Thailand market has officially made its launch debut, bringing with it a revised interior, additional equipment, as well as engine changes. Aside from the standard car, the Corolla Altis can also be had in ESport and ESport Nurburgring Edition versions as well.

Unlike here in Malaysia, the Thai-spec Corolla Altis is not available with the 3ZR-FE 2.0 litre Dual VVT-i four-cylinder petrol engine (145 PS, 187 Nm). Instead buyers there have the option of either a 1.6 litre or 1.8 litre four-cylinder Dual VVT-i petrol engine.

For the latest model, the previous 1ZR-FE 1.6 litre mill has been updated to now provide more power – 125 hp at 6,000 rpm (122 hp before) and 157 Nm at 5,200 rpm (154 Nm before), and configured to run on E85 gasohol. These changes are accompanied by a new engine model code as well, with the 1.6 litre engine being designated as the 1ZR-FBE.

Meanwhile, the larger 2ZR-FBE 1.8 litre engine continues to serve up 141 PS at 6,000 rpm and 177 Nm at 4,000 rpm. The engine can also run on E85 gasohol like the 1ZR-FBR, and is fitted on both the ESport variants of the Corolla Altis. Toyota’s Super CVT-i transmission is fitted on nearly every variant of the Corolla Altis, save for the entry-level 1.6 litre model that gets a five-speed manual.

Turning our attention to the exterior features, the standard car remains largely unchanged from before, aside from the addition LED projector headlights with LED DRLs, automatic folding side mirrors and maybe Adam Levine.

The ESport variants also receive their fair share of exterior updates. The standard ESport soldiers on with a TRD body kit, now with the addition of front fog lights. On the other hand, the ESport Nurburgring Edition gets a completely new body kit that is less aggressive but curvier than the one fitted on the standard ESport. The body kit is accompanied by sporty 17-inch wheels and Nurburgring Edition badging as well.

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Inside, the Corolla Altis gets a new instrument cluster featuring new graphics, repositioned indicator lights and multi-info colour display (similar to that found in recent Toyota/Lexus models). Other cabin updates include a new leather steering wheel, rear seats that can now be reclined and a new Nanoe water-coated ion technology for the air-con system, which provides moisturising to occupants’ skin and hair and even deodorises the cabin.

The Corolla Altis ESport Nurburgring Edition meanwhile, gains a few additional interior touches to differentiate it from the standard car, including black leather seats with red highlights and “ESport” embroidery, red trim, leather steering wheel, new shift knob, black-red floor mats and an uprated infotainment system featuring DVD playback and navigation functionality.

Prices for the new Toyota Corolla Altis in Thailand start at 779,000 baht (RM92,290) for the 1.6J entry-level variant, and go up to 1,079,000 baht (RM127,597) for the top-of-the-line 1.8 V Navi variant. As for the ESport Nurburgring Edition, it will cost buyers in Thailand 942,000 baht (RM111,396) for one painted in Red Mica Metallic and 952,000 baht (RM112,579) for one finished in White Pearl.