2014 Toyota Corolla Archive

  • DRIVEN: 2014 Toyota Corolla Altis 2.0V on local roads

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    This is where we say farewell forever to drab, soft-edged Toyotas. With this new 2014 Toyota Corolla Altis, Japan’s biggest automaker has completed their personality transplant – started by the XV50 Camry and continued with the 2013 Vios – and aim for the sort of style-friendly high ground that Mazda and the Koreans have called home.

    Toyota’s reinvention of itself in the sedan game has been widely successful, not least with the B-segment Vios. UMW Toyota says that it has received over 20,000 bookings, merely two months from the Vios’ local launch here. That’s about ten times more than what the similarly priced (but more value-driven) Proton Suprima S has managed in its five-month tour so far.

    The birth of the new Corolla Altis brings the death of the second-generation model, which has long lost the class title to the Honda Civic. Can the new Toyota take the now-shrinking but richly-fielded C-segment it once called its own back? Let’s find out.

    Click here to read our full 2014 Toyota Corolla Altis 2.0V review.

  • 2014 Toyota Corolla Altis specs teased by UMW Toyota ahead of launch: 1.8E, 2.0G and 2.0V; RM115k-RM137k


    UMW Toyota has released preliminary specs for the upcoming 2014 Toyota Corolla Altis, signalling that a launch is imminent, perhaps as soon as January 2014, in time to capitalise on the CNY sales season.

    As we’ve previously reported, the 2014 Toyota Corolla Altis will be available in three variants – a 1.8E that’s priced at RM115k, a 2.0G priced at RM125k and a top-of-the-line 2.0V that’s priced at a pretty pricey RM137k – Honda’s basic Accord 2.0 costs less than RM5k more.

    All engines are Dual VVT-i units, so it looks like we won’t be getting the US-market’s Valvematic engine. The 1.8 litre 2ZR-FE does 139 PS at 6,400 rpm and 173 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm, while the 2.0G and 2.0V use the 3ZR-FE, producing 145 PS at 6,200 rpm and 187 Nm of torque at 3,600 rpm. Both engines are mated to a seven-speed CVT gearbox with sports sequential shift, but only the 2.0V model gets paddle shifters. Both engines use an EPS steering system.

    The specs of the 2.0 engine’s gearbox looks similar to the outgoing Corolla Altis. Curiously, the 1.8 litre model’s gearbox seems more advanced than the 2.0’s gearbox – it has a variable ratio for the reverse gear as well – 2.604 to 1.680 – whereas the 2.0 model has a fixed reverse gear of 1.668.

    As for forward ratios, the 1.8 litre model’s gearbox has gear ratios of 2.480 to 0.396 with a 5.356 final drive, while the 2.0 litre engine’s gearbox specs are 2.396 to 0.428 with a 5.182 final drive.


    The 1.8E and 2.0G model uses halogen projector headlamps while the 2.0V gets an upgrade to LED projector headlamps with daytime running lights and auto leveling. There are no auto headlamp or auto wiper function for all models. The 2.0V is further differentiated on the exterior with a smoked front grille, while the other cars have a chrome finish.

    On the interior, the 1.8E and 2.0G get ‘standard’ trim finishing while the 2.0V gets something called ‘Cyber Carbon.’ Features exclusive to the 2.0V include keyless entry and start, cruise control, black leather seats, and an eight-way adjustable power seat for the driver.

    The 2.0G and 2.0V get a seven-inch 2-DIN head unit with a touchscreen and reverse camera, while the 1.8E makes do with a regular 2-DIN head unit with a CD player. Navigation is an optional upgrade for the touchscreen head unit. Aircon is a single-zone unit as standard, and so are steering wheel audio controls.

    In terms of safety, only the 2.0V variant gets VSC stability control and traction control. ABS is standard, and so are two airbags and ISOFIX points.

    The specs are actually pretty interesting because thanks to the lighter kerb weight and more advanced gearbox, the Corolla Altis 1.8E actually has a top speed that’s 5km/h higher as well as 0 to 100km/h acceleration that’s 0.2 seconds faster than either of the 2.0 litre models. Fuel efficiently will likely be better as well. If you don’t need the extra equipment that the 2.0 models offer, it might be a better buy, but then again it lacks VSC stability control.

    You can view the full specs and estimated price list in the gallery below.

  • 2014 Toyota Corolla Altis 1.8E, 2.0G and 2.0V estimated pricelist for Malaysia: RM115k to RM137k


    UMW Toyota has prepared an estimated price list for the new 2014 Toyota Corolla Altis, to enable sales advisors to start taking orders ahead of the cars launch, which we expect to be sometime before Chinese New Year 2014 to take advantage of the festive sales period.

    Three models are listed in the price list with estimated prices:

    • Toyota Corolla Altis 1.8E (A) – RM115,000
    • Toyota Corolla Altis 2.0G (A) – RM125,000
    • Toyota Corolla Altis 2.0V (A) – RM137,000

    This listing for the Corolla Altis on oto.my also confirms the above price for the 1.8E. Looks like only two engines are on offer this time – the baseline RM106k 1.6E model from the current Corolla Altis range has been dropped, with the 1.8E model being the new entry-level car. The G model, which used to be a 1.8 with the current range, now has a 2.0 engine.

    The current 2.0V model has a price tag of RM132k OTR with insurance, so the new price of RM137k represents a price hike of RM5k. The 1.8G is currently priced at RM123k OTR with insurance, so the new 2.0G model at RM125k is a premium of RM2k, but at least you get a bigger engine. The entry level car is the 1.8E at RM115k, a premium of RM2k over the current 1.8E’s RM113k price tag.

    There are prices for accessories listed. There’s an Aerokit Package for RM2,350. Two prices for the DVD-AVN pack – one for the 1.8E and another for the 2.0G and 2.0V suggests that the 2.0G and 2.0V could come standard with the DVD-AVN system with reverse camera, with the RM1,800 upgrade being for the navigation only. For the 1.8E to get the full DVD-AVN system, it comes at a higher price of RM2,990.

    Other than that, the estimated price list offers no specs of the car except for the engine size and colour choices – the 2014 Corolla Altis will be available in White Pearl CS, Silver Metallic, Gray Metallic, Dark Brown Mica Metallic and Attitude Black.

    Read more about the 2014 Corolla here: 2014 Toyota Corolla Altis coming soon to Malaysia. Thanks Ron for the tip!

  • 2014 Toyota Corolla Altis coming to Malaysia soon


    Done with the launch of their B-segment Vios, UMW Toyota Motor will now focus on the introduction of their C-segment contender, the Toyota Corolla Altis. The current Corolla Altis on sale has been removed from the Toyota Malaysia website and replaced with an outline of a car with the text ‘coming soon’.

    The new generation Toyota Corolla was first unveiled in June 2013. Two different Toyota Corollas were unveiled simultaneously – one is the North American model and another is what at that time Toyota called a ‘Euro’ model, which has gone into production at Toyota’s plant in Turkey.


    Left: Global Corolla, Right: US Corolla

    None of the ASEAN countries including Thailand have received the Corolla yet, but the ‘Euro’ car has been launched in Taiwan as the Toyota Corolla Altis so it’s most likely the car that we’re going to get. After all, our Camry is also different from the US-market Camry.

    The new Toyota Corolla is longer and wider than the current generation car, and it has a full 100 mm longer wheelbase, which should translate into greater interior space. Measuring 2,700 mm, the new Corolla has one of the longest wheelbase lengths in its class, matched by the new Nissan Sylphy and the Elantra/Cerato.


    In Turkey, the new Toyota Corolla is available with three different engines – a 1.33 litre Dual-VVT-i unit making 99 hp/128 Nm, a 1.6 litre Valvematic making 132 hp/160 Nm or a 1.4 litre D-4D diesel making 90 hp and 205 Nm of torque. Engines available in other markets include a 122 hp 1.6 Dual-VVT-i, a 132 hp 1.8 Dual-VVT-i and a 140 hp 1.8 Valvematic. No 2.0 litre sighted so far.

    The new Corolla is available with various transmissions – a six-speed manual, four-speed auto as well as a CVT transmissions. The four-speed auto is even employed in the US market car. In Malaysia, our current Corolla line-up uses CVT on all models save for the basic 1.6 litre, which uses a four-speeder.

    From the images that we’ve seen so far, the Corolla comes with both reflector lens and projector lens headlamp options, similiar to what Toyota did for the Vios, which reserves the projector headlamps for the highest spec models only. We expect UMW Toyota to do the same with the Malaysian Corolla.

    Built in daytime running lights mean UMW Toyota doesn’t have to resort to tacky aftermarket-looking daytime running lights positioned low on their ‘stick on’ bodykit bumper bits. There’s already a bodykitted Corolla Altis in Taiwan called the Corolla Altis Z.


    The new larger interior is also new, with minor differences between US and Euro cars. The Taiwanese car follows the US car’s interior in terms of digital clock and air cond vent positioning although it follows the Euro car’s exterior.

    Since UMW Toyota has already found it necessary to tease the car, it could mean the new car is coming very soon. Could we be looking at a January 2014 launch just in time to capture the Chinese New Year sales period? It does seem a little fast, considering it hasn’t been introduced in any other ASEAN country.

    Thanks CW Yoong for the tip!

  • 2014 Toyota Corolla – European production starts in Turkey, new batch of images released


    The European version of the 2014 Toyota Corolla, which ASEAN will also get from Thailand at a later date (not to be confused with the sportier US-market Corolla) has started production at Toyota Motor Manufacturing Turkey (TMMT). The new Corolla sedan joins the new Verso on the production line at TMMT, which exports to more than 50 countries.

    With the new Corolla, next year will see total production at TMMT reach 150,000 units, its full capacity. Over 85% of output will be exported to European markets, Russia, North Africa, the Middle East and Central Asian countries. For this project, Toyota invested 150 million euros and hired 900 new people.

    Toyota’s Turkish plant has been making Corollas since 1994 with the seventh generation model, right until the end of 2006. The Verso joined the production line in 2004. From 2007 to 2012, TMMT produced the Toyota Auris hatchback in place of the Corolla sedan.

    In line with Toyota’s pan-European optimisation and localisation strategy of C-segment production in Europe, Auris production was consolidated at Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK at the end of 2012, making room for the reintroduction of the Corolla sedan at TMMT. This move allows both plants to operate at full capacity.

    This Corolla differs from the US version in both front and rear treatments – headlamps, grille, front and rear bumper and tail lamps – but otherwise, it’s pretty much the same car, with an identical side profile and dimensions, including the 2.7 metre-long wheelbase. Here, the bigger front grille’s triple bars intrude into the headlamps, which are wider and stretch further back into the front fenders.

    There are also very minor variations to the interior. The dashboard layout is largely similar to that on the US car, with the same increased space and legroom, although the digital clock position has been moved to the right from dead centre. We also observed some minor differences in trim and the dial face design. Small things, but there nonetheless.


    The European line-up offers a choice of a 1.4 litre D-4D turbodiesel (90 hp/205 Nm) and four petrol engines; a 1.33 litre Dual VVT-i unit (99 hp/128 Nm), a 1.6 litre engine available with Dual VVT-i (122 hp/154 Nm) and Valvematic (132 hp/160 Nm) systems, and a new 140 hp/173 Nm 1.8 litre Dual VVT-i.

    The latter is paired to a new Multidrive S transmission (CVT with seven-speed mode), which is an option on the 1.6. All other engines come with a six-speed manual as standard, but the 1.4 D-4D can also be had with Toyota’s MultiMode automated manual transmission (AMT).

    So far, we’ve seen the “rest of the world” Corolla in rather “cold” settings. The gallery below is a new batch of pics with sunlight and gorgeous scenery as background. Nice? It has to be to take on the new Mazda 3 sedan, Kia Cerato and Honda Civic, among others.

  • VIDEO: Close-up view of the new 2014 Toyota Corolla

    This white 2014 Toyota Corolla is currently on the losing side in our ASEAN vs US Corolla face-off poll (submit your vote here if you haven’t already). Looks like most of you readers are in favour of the American model’s sleeker and sportier styling, even if doesn’t necessarily look like a Corolla in the most traditional sense.

    Perhaps this video will change your mind. It shows the European/ASEAN Corolla from all angles (which is identical to the renderings we showed earlier, if we may say so), plus detailed close-ups of the light clusters, wheels and interior.

    You can see the LED DRLs in action here, and the headlamps appear to be xenon units, even if they are of the reflector, not projector type. The US model does one better with full LED headlights, though it does not have a distinctive DRL pattern during the day. A good trade-off?

    You’ve studied the hi-res pictures, now it’s time to see the 2014 Toyota Corolla in video form. Enjoy.

  • GALLERY: 2014 Toyota Corolla face-off: ASEAN vs US

    We now have complete galleries and details on both the European 2014 Toyota Corolla (which will most likely be our ASEAN Corolla Altis next year) and the sportier looking US-specific model. Given a choice, which one would you prefer? We’ve put them side-by-side to help you make your decision.

    From the front, the only thing these two models have in common is the Toyota badge. The Euro/ASEAN model on the left takes a more traditional route and is instantly recognisable as a Corolla while the American version is significantly more modern but at the cost of originality and character.

    It’s so anonymous and generic in fact, that it could easily be mistaken for a car from a different brand. One of a Korean origin particularly comes to mind. Sleeker, sportier and more fashionable it may be over the white car on the left, yet it’s not what comes to mind when you think of a Corolla, is it?

    Most would agree though, that the nameplate is in dire need of an image rebuild and this Corolla re-imagination could well be the change it’s been asking for. Traditionalists however may prefer the bolder look of the ASEAN-bound car with its larger, chromed and more prominent grille.

    It’s a similar story round the back. One is a safer take of a modern Corolla; the other a wildly abstract design that puts style over heritage. Is it class or crass? You decide.

    Put yourself in the shoes of a typical Toyota Corolla buyer for a minute. Which look would you prefer? Vote in the poll below and drop us a comment with your thoughts!

  • 2014 Toyota Corolla – will this be the ASEAN car?

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    Now it’s Europe’s turn – following the unveiling of the US-market 2014 Toyota Corolla, its European sibling has surfaced at an event in Istanbul. You’ve seen this very car here before – it’s virtually identical to the 3D renderings and leaked spyshots as early as February.

    Reports indicate that right-hand drive versions will enter South Africa and Australia sometime in the first quarter of 2014 – the question is, will the ASEAN market get this particular car?

    The new European Corolla differs from the US version in both front and rear treatments – headlamps, grille, front and rear bumper and tail lamps – but otherwise, it’s pretty much the same car, with an identical side profile and dimensions, including the 2.7 metre-long wheelbase.

    Toyota Corolla

    Here, the bigger front grille’s triple bars intrude into the headlamps, which are wider and stretch further back into the front fenders. The squared-off shape and horizontal lines give the car a much wider stance. All things considered, it’s a comparatively sedate affair; certainly less aggressive-looking than the American model.

    We can see elements of the Auto Shanghai-debuting Toyota Yundong Shuangqing II concept (down to the headlamp/grille assembly) here, whereas the American-market car is an evolution of the Corolla Furia concept that premiered in Detroit.

    Meanwhile, there are also very minor variations to the interior. The dashboard layout is largely similar to that on the US car, with the same increased space and legroom, although the digital clock position has been moved to the right from dead centre. We also observed some minor differences in trim and the dial face design. Small things, but there nonetheless.

    What do you think? Do you prefer this, or the US car?

  • 2014 Toyota Corolla – US-market 11th-gen revealed

    Toyota Corolla

    The all-new 2014 Toyota Corolla has been officially unveiled in the USA, with the world’s largest carmaker aiming to inject edgy design and more space to the usual Corolla qualities that has made it the world’s best selling nameplate – this is the Corolla’s 47th year in the market, with nearly 40 million units sold worldwide.

    The car you see here is the E160, the 11th-gen US-market version, which should differ in looks from the 2014 Toyota Corolla Altis that ASEAN will get. Prior to this, we’ve seen leaked shots of a white example, and highly realistic 3D renderings of what should be the upcoming ASEAN version. Previously, the North American Corolla looked identical to our Corolla Altis, but it looks like there will be a difference now, as per the Camry that looks different in the US than it does here.

    UPDATE: The European (and ASEAN too?) 2014 Toyota Corolla has been revealed sporting a completely different appearance. Check it out here: 2014 Toyota Corolla for ASEAN.

    The US gets four variants: L, LE, LE Eco and S. The main difference is in the face – the S-grade North American Corolla gets an aggressive front end design with a wide lower intake and honeycomb grille, inspired by the Toyota Corolla Furia Concept seen in Detroit 2013. It’s a similar story at the back, where the Furia-inspired tail lamps are slimmer and sharper than what we saw from the leaked shots/3D renderings. The sportier US version also lacks the chrome trim above the license plate.

    The LE Eco (and presumably also the L and LE), however, has a slightly different front end – the grille is slatted and the front bumper is different to that of the S-grade, incorporating a trapezoidal lower intake and differently-shaped fog lamp cut-outs. It doesn’t have the S-grade’s wing mirror indicators, too.

    Toyota Corolla

    The dashboard design is a departure from Toyota norm, with a cliff-face centre console that is clustered around the driver, as opposed to the traditional layout. The slim AC vents are similar in look to those on the 86 sports car and second-gen JDM Mark X. Stitching can be seen on the steering wheel hub and dash top.

    For instrumentation, S-grade variants get a 3.5-inch TFT display flanked by two dials; the rest have three chrome-surround dials and a multi-info display within the speedometer (see second-last image in gallery).

    The new Corolla is 4.64 metres long (S-grade 4.65 metres), 1.776 metres wide and 1.455 metres tall, with a 2.7 metre wheelbase, and is offered with a range of wheels from 15-inch steel to 17-inch alloy jobs (see last image in gallery). It tips the scales at under 1.32 tonnes thanks to extensive use of lightweight, high-strength steel that also increases rigidity.

    L, LE and S cars are powered by a 1.8 litre VVT-i four-cylinder with 132 hp and 171 Nm of torque, while the LE Eco’s engine, also displacing 1.8 litres, interestingly has the highest horsepower as it features Valvematic technology to result in 140 hp, 174 Nm and over 5.9 litres per 100 km. The LE Eco also gets improved aerodynamics and low rolling resistance tyres

    C-segment comparison table: All dimensions expressed in millimetres (mm)

    In terms of transmissions, LE and S get a new CVTi-S ‘box with seven virtual ratios that replaces the four-speed auto, promoting economy and reducing the ‘rubber band’ feeling associated with CVTs. We’ve already made the move from auto to CVT in Malaysia with the Altis facelift in 2010. A six-speed manual is available with the non-Valvematic engines, an upgrade from the previous five-speed, while the old four-speed auto remains an option on the base L-grade.

    The S-grade has a manual-mode shift gate and steering wheel shift paddles. LE Eco and S cars get drive modes that offer recalibrated throttle, gearbox and steering responses – ECO for the former and SPORT for the latter.

    LED headlamps are standard across the range, as are eight airbags, Bluetooth and a tyre pressure monitoring system. Optional equipment includes touch-screen audio with apps, keyless entry and start, power moonroof, reverse camera and a rear spoiler.

    Click here for a big gallery and videos of the 2014 Corolla.

  • See the next-gen Toyota Corolla Altis from all angles!


    These aren’t quite the official pictures of the next-generation Toyota Corolla Altis, but they could have fooled you, couldn’t they? Highly detailed and photo-realistic as they are, these are 3D renderings of the car by Humster3D. Here are the renderings for you to see.

    It’s still unclear whether the model is based on leaked or official data, but the last time we featured a rendering by the same source, the W222 Mercedes S-Class digital images turned out to be nigh on identical to the real thing. We could well be looking at the 2013 Toyota Corolla Altis, which is due later this year.

    Compared to the leaked spyshots of the production car we published in February, these renderings are accurate down to the smallest details. The front face carries a heavy resemblance to the new Vios, albeit with a lot more flair infused into it. Those are LED DRLs flanking the bold new grille.

    The side profile follows that of the Toyota Furia Concept from the 2013 Detroit show, and the rear lights appear simple, yet shapely enough to be universally attractive. It’s a big step forward from the existing Corolla Altis, that’s for sure. So how about it, like what you see here?


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