New Toyota Corolla Altis set for Thailand debut in Aug

The next-generation Toyota Corolla Altis is set to be launched in Thailand in August this year, according to Headlightmag. The local motoring site says that Thailand – a big market for the Corolla Altis, which is the default taxi model there – will get the same version of the Altis as Taiwan.

Upon checking, the Taiwan market Corolla Altis has the same look as the European Corolla Sedan, which was first seen in late 2018. As has been the case for some time now, the US-market Corolla Sedan has different styling plus a more aggressive fascia. The US face might be too much for the rest of the world, which gets a more subdued version.

Besides the Altis you see here, China also gets a more sporty version of the booted car called the Levin, which wears the fascia of the five-door Corolla Hatchback and wagon-bodied Corolla Touring Sports. Many names, different faces.

New Toyota Corolla Altis set for Thailand debut in Aug

This 12th-generation Corolla is an all-new one with underpinned by the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) GA-C platform, as used for the Prius and C-HR. It measures in at 4,640 mm long, 1,780 mm wide and 1,435 mm tall, making it 10 mm longer, five mm wider and 45 mm lower than the outgoing sedan.

The height reduction is significant and should bless the new Altis with a more dynamic appearance. Wheelbase remains at 2,700 mm and the boot is capable of 470 litres. Compared to the Honda Civic, the new Altis is 10 mm longer, one mm wider and 19 mm taller, with the same wheelbase length.

The report speculates that the Thai Altis might launch with two naturally aspirated petrol engine options – 1.6L and 1.8L – with a 1.8 litre hybrid variant to follow later.

New Toyota Corolla Altis set for Thailand debut in Aug

If so, the base engine could be the 1ZR-FAE Dual VVT-i unit with 132 hp and 159 Nm, which can be paired to a six-speed manual or CVT. The 1.8L could well be the 2ZR-FE, with Dual VVT-i, 140 hp, 173 Nm and a Super CVT-i automatic with seven virtual ratios. The 1.8L hybrid powertrain combines a 2ZR-FXE Atkinson-cycle engine with 122 PS/142 Nm, with an electric motor pushing out 72 PS/163 Nm. The hybrid’s transmission is of course a CVT.

The US market gets a 2.0 litre Dynamic Force engine with 169 hp and 205 Nm. In the Japanese C-segment arena, only Honda has gone the downsized turbo route with the Civic 1.5T. Toyota – and Mazda with its new 3 that will be launching here next month – are sticking to NA power.

What do you think of the new Toyota Corolla Altis in terms of design, and when compared to the Civic FC and Mazda 3?

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