On September 9, 2019, the Toyota Corolla Altis was launched. That same event marked the first time this nameplate got a hybrid version in the Philippines.
Car buyers can still choose a gasoline type of the E, G, and V variants, but the top-range trim level will no longer have the 2.0-liter unit that the previous generation Corolla Altis used to offer. Instead, the top-spec is equipped with a 1.8-liter hybrid motor, and 1.6-liter gasoline remains on non-hybrid models.
The Toyota Corolla Altis is sleek and very high-tech
The redesigned Corolla Altis got sleek lines and an aggressive swept-back headlight. It is one of the most attractive redesigns ever made in this compact sedan.
The sharp headlights of the Toyota Corolla Altis are more focused and aggressive than its predecessors. This sedan also features a trendy large grille. The large opening in the bumper's bottom half occupies most of the front fascia.
The exterior's side details feature the same shape as its previous iterations. It has a low-profile hood and a high trunk line. The redesigned sedan also features more distinct and intentional lines that differentiate the current generation from the previous ones.
Inside the Corolla Altis are fabric or leather seats, depending on the variant. A mix of hard, glossy black-colored plastic surfaces, soft-touch material, and a touchscreen infotainment system are found in the rather-high dashboard. The head unit is high-mounted and framed with a piano gloss border.
The cabin has an ergonomic layout and ample amount of space. There is also a decent headroom inside. The Toyota Corolla Altis also features a fine-sized steering wheel with a telescopic adjustment and good leather-feel. It also features a nice instrument cluster boasting a multi-information display and a low seating position.
Technology & Safety feature
The radar cruise control system called the Toyota Safety Sense is the headlining feature of the Corolla Altis. This technology enables drivers to use the cruise control feature to almost an autonomous level. It allows a safe following speed and distance.
In terms of infotainment, the base trims get the standard non-touchscreen unit while high trims have a touchscreen display head unit. It also supports USB, AUX, and Bluetooth connectivity. The infotainment system of top variants can output up to six speakers.
The driver and passenger airbag come as a standard in the Corolla Altis. It is also equipped with ABS, brake assists, child safety locks, VSC system, day and night rearview mirror, parking sensors, rear camera, crash sensor, front and side-impact beams, and door ajar warning.
Platform & Chassis
The new-generation Toyota Corolla Altis is a five-seater sedan. It rides on the Toyota New Global Architecture or TNGA platform.
All models of the Toyota Corolla Altis feature a MacPherson strut for the front suspension and double-wishbone for the rear setup.
This sedan has a length of 4,630 mm, a height of 1,435 mm, a width of 1,780, and a wheelbase of 2,700 mm. The hybrid version is slightly taller by 20 mm with 1,455 mm.
The all-new Toyota Corolla Altis sets on 16- or 17-inch alloys. The larger wheels get a two-tone finish for additional visual appeal.
Engine & Drivetrain
Just like the previous iterations of Toyota Corolla Altis, the current-generation remains a front-wheel-drive and front-engined layout.
There are two powertrain options available for this compact sedan. The first one is the conventional 1.6-liter gasoline engine that generates 121 horsepower and torque of 153 Newton-meter.
The second option is the 1.8-liter hybrid unit that makes an output of 121 horsepower and torque of 207 Nm – with the help of the hybrid system. The electric motor is powered by a battery that is charged through regenerative braking. The Corolla Altis can be bought with either a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) or 6-speed manual transmission.