The Toyota Corolla is the flagship vehicle of the Japanese automobile manufacturer the Toyota Motors. More than 40 million units of this sedan have been sold in the international market since its launching in 1997. The sedan launched in 2002 is now known as the Corolla Altis in India. The Toyota Kirloskar Motors Private Limited (TKMPL), the Indian subsidiary of the Japanese firm has launched a refreshed model of the Corolla Altis on 27th May 2014.
This entry level premium sedan Toyota Corolla Altis comes in 4 diesel and 5 petrol variants. The Altis Diesel variants are D4-DJ, D4-DJ(S), D-4DG and D4-DG(L). The petrol variants are J(S), G G(L), GAT and VLAT. Two of the petrol variants the GAT and VLAT will have 6 speed CVT type automatic transmissions. Corolla Altis is priced Rupees 13.16 to 17.73lakh.
The Corolla Altis comes in 7 beautiful shades of white pearl, crystal shine, celestial black, silver mica metallic, grey metallic, blue metallic, champagne mica metallic and super white. The stylish Corolla Altis has large swept back double barrel head lights with LED lamps, a modern chrome grille, a well contoured rear design, a long and wide bonnet, a wind screen with acute angle, fog lights on the body coloured bumpers, the body coloured electrically operable ORVMs with turn indicators, reflectors on the rear bumper and body coloured door handles. Special accessory package named ‘Benchmark collection’ consists of daytime running lamps and chrome supplements.
The standard features of the cabin of the Altis include 2 air bags, middle row 3 point seat belt, ABS, EBD, Brake Assist, an engine immobiliser, child lock and central lock facilities, a tilt and telescopic power steering, leather wrapped steering wheel, externally operated body coloured ORVMs with turn indicators, full folding rear seat and a 2 Din music system with touch screen controls and Bluetooth connectivity for audio controls and telephony. The variant G onwards an automatic AC and rear parking sensors are added. The top variants have Electronic Stability Programme, a keyless start, rear parking sensors with camera, leather seats, electric ORVMs, projector type head lamps and GPS navigation system.
The 1364 cc, 87 bhp diesel engines give mileages of 21 kmpl and the petrol variants with 1798 cc and 138 bhp engines give mileages of 14.5 kmpl approximately. The car takes 10.42 sec for 0 to 100 kmph acceleration and the top speed is 205 kmph.The 4620 mm long car has a ground clearance of 175 mm.
The Corolla Altis has segmental best cabin spaces, good mileagesand modern looks. Te competition for the car comes from the sedans like Volkswagen Jetta the Hyundai 4S Verna, the Ford Fiesta and the Chevrolet Cruze.