2020 Toyota Corolla Altis GR Sport debuts in Taiwan

2020 Toyota Corolla Altis GR Sport debuts in Taiwan

Toyota Taiwan has introduced the new range-topping Corolla Altis GR Sport, a name you’d be familiar with had you seen our earlier coverage of Thailand’s own Corolla Altis GR Sport. They may share the same name, but the two cars are not identical.

Visually, the Taiwanese model looks more refined, or cleaner if you will. The front fascia features a massive lower grille with rounded fog lamps at the bottom edges, “air inlets” on the sides, and a slightly bolder grille with a thin chrome strip and thicker black inserts.

Like the Thai Corolla Altis GR Sport, it too sits on 17-inch dual-tone wheels, but gains a small wind deflector behind each wheel. Other model-specific enhancements include dark tinted tail lights and GR Sport badges. The GR Sport variant is available for the standard Corolla and Corolla Hybrid, the latter featuring four exterior colours – Dazzling Red, Ebony Black, Ferret White, and Aurora Silver.

2020 Toyota Corolla Altis GR Sport debuts in Taiwan

For the cabin, there’s a new two-tone red/black leather seat upholstery (the Thai model is full black), GR embossment on the front headrests, red contrast stitching, and shift paddles for the steering wheel.

Mechanically, the car gets a newly developed GR Sport suspension with thicker front and rear anti-roll bars, which the company says improve stability and reduces body roll. Otherwise, it runs on the 2ZR-FE 1.8 litre engine producing 140 PS at 6,400 rpm and 172 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm, all of which is sent to the front wheels through a Super CVT-i gearbox with seven virtual ratios.

The hybrid, on the other hand, is powered by the 2ZR-FXE 1.8 litre Atkinson cycle engine that makes 98 PS and 142 Nm on its own, but is assisted by an electric motor (72 PS and 122 Nm). The total system output is 122 PS, and it gets an e-CVT with four drive modes – EV, Eco, Normal and Sport.

Finally, for safety, there’s seven airbags as standard, while more expensive variants get Toyota Safety Sense which bundles features like pre-collision system, lane departure assist, and adaptive cruise control. Prices for the Corolla Altis GR Sport in Taiwan starts from TWD828,000 (RM120k).

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Comments

  • DonkeyKong on May 05, 2020 at 12:50 pm

    What’s so sporty about this apart from its looks? It’s still using an anemic engine. You can’t dress a 60-year old man as Usain Bolt and expect him to do a 100-meter sprint in even under 15 seconds. Outwardly it looks sporty but the engine is weak, what’s the point?

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    • Teh halia on May 05, 2020 at 1:41 pm

      Such a Game Changer! Already Toyota Corolla have a very sleek and clean design, now it is sportier, stunning and resembles Game-Changing Camry. I hope Proton can design a sedan like this, the Game Over Prevé is a failure

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      • Vader on May 05, 2020 at 2:44 pm

        You’re back with this…. filth.

        Putrid…. stench.

        So…. disgusting.

        It… reeks.

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      • Brian on May 05, 2020 at 6:45 pm

        Proton has this game-changer tech against COVID19
        https://paultan.org/2020/05/04/proton-x70-to-get-n95-cabin-filter-available-as-retrofit/

        Meanwhile Toyota can only hope to tack on fugly bodykits.

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    • 25yrsOld on May 05, 2020 at 1:50 pm

      U are the selected group of buy Ferrari and speed.
      Many dream to own a Ferrari but dont want to speed.

      Do u have a problem?

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      • Aura89 on May 05, 2020 at 6:41 pm

        I have a problem, an eyesore problem when this car is trying to be something it is not. Something that can’t be unseen.

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        • Ah Beng Level III on May 05, 2020 at 7:41 pm

          Wrong! Eyesore problem is for those ah beng owners bought the wrong car such as civic but not this and others

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          • This is just as ah beng as City Type R laaaa

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          • Ah Beng Level III on May 06, 2020 at 12:21 pm

            You’re correct but this Altis doesn’t look like ah beng.

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    • With hybrid, it sprints less than 8 seconds and it still sporty.

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    • Brandon on May 05, 2020 at 2:14 pm

      Buying an Altis and expecting it to be Usain Bolt? Dude you’re in the wrong segment. If you want Usain Bolt there’s Supra and M division.

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      • Brian on May 05, 2020 at 6:43 pm

        This is for unkers who are facing midlife crises but no funding to buy a Supra or M car.

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  • Luck-key on May 05, 2020 at 1:22 pm

    Sporty look

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    • Haidi on May 05, 2020 at 3:41 pm

      Like that Toyota change the upper part of the grille to black color. Looks a lot more vibrant in that way.

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  • Toyota – Lets Go Forward

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  • Swidon on May 05, 2020 at 2:10 pm

    1.8l hybrid will be extremely super fast

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  • Ol Skool on May 05, 2020 at 2:29 pm

    “Super CVT-i” LOL. “Super” & “CVT” shouldn’t be in a same sentence, at least to me.

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  • Yamseng on May 05, 2020 at 2:44 pm

    Better than E170

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  • Haidi on May 05, 2020 at 3:34 pm

    This looks cool to me!

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  • Hybrid will rock the sedan market when launched here

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  • Don’t waste time

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  • vivizurianti on May 05, 2020 at 7:24 pm

    Looks: B+ grade
    Performance: C- grade
    Value for money: F grade

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    • Coach on May 06, 2020 at 8:32 am

      Meanwhile Honda only just started making performance without putting more safety (unlike other countries) and checking quality. That is what happens when relying on Japs that only knows how to tidur goyang kaki and minum sake 8x a day.

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  • 4G63T DSM on May 05, 2020 at 10:17 pm

    Missed opportunity. Should have stuffed the 2.0 168hp engine in to at least get some of that GR merit

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    • X50 lover on May 06, 2020 at 8:24 am

      Bro, 1.8 Hybrid Variant will be more faster than 2.0V. Trust me.

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  • Maria on May 07, 2020 at 10:20 am

    I would prefer this face rather than ‘elegant’ look of our corolla here. I also wonder why UMW did not bring the 2.0 dynamic force engine to corolla as Aussie get it.

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    • Two Chefs on May 07, 2020 at 10:10 pm

      Any difference? Bare in mind, original corolla front is also more familiar as this. So, original corolla in here has really good look too especially for hybrid.

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  • Semi-Value (Member) on May 07, 2020 at 12:38 pm

    TWD828,000 is now RM 120K. bravo, keep on reduce OPR, our ringgit devalue until no tomorrow

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