Toyota has launched the Corolla Altis facelift at a starting price of Rs.15.87 lakh for the base petrol and going up to Rs.19.91 lakh for the highest trim. Excitingly, with the facelift, Toyota has discontinued the old base J trim along with reducing the number of diesel variants from 3 to 2. As before, there is no top trim diesel car. A rival to the likes of the Hyundai Elantra and Skoda Octavia, the Corolla gets sleeker styling with a revised front end and tweaked back. The interior too gets updates with a revised dashboard with new round side air-con vents, and the centre console featuring new air-con controls.
In terms of equipment, the face lifted Corolla Altis gets equipment such as new LED headlights with daytime running lamps, LED tail-lamps and new design alloy wheels. A touchscreen infotainment system is offered as standard on the petrol model but is available as an option on the diesel and it now features Mirror Link connectivity. On the safety front, the top petrol trim features seven airbags along with stability control and hill start assist. 5 airbags and ABS are presented as standard on the other petrol trims, while the diesel only gets 3 airbags across the range. The new Altis will continue to have the same underpinnings as the current one and will be mechanically equal. The petrol engine will be the same 1.8 litre unit that makes 138 bhp of peak power and 173 Nm of peak torque and will be mated to a 6 speed manual gear-box or a CVT auto. The diesel will continue to be the 1.4 litre 4-cylinder turbocharged unit that makes 87 bhp of peak power and 205 Nm of peak torque mated to a 6-speed manual gearbox.
The revised pricing positions the Corolla above its main enemy, the Hyundai Elantra which is priced from Rs.12.99 lakh. Since sales (April 16 to January 17) of the Corolla and the executive sedan segment on the whole have fallen significantly associated to the previous year, with this facelift, Toyota hopes to arrest this decline and stave off the competition. The segment is also probable to see the launch of new models in the form of the face lifted Octavia and the return of the Honda Civic.