The existing generation of the Toyota Corolla Altis has been on sale in India since 2014. While it had been able to hold on to the top spot in the D1 sedan segment for a long time, increased race has eaten into its share. While the new Hyundai Elantra has definitely affected the sales of the Corolla Altis, the launch of a similarly priced Hyundai Tucson SUV has served as a dual whammy. And this is evident in the sales numbers released in January 2017, which reflect that the Corolla Altis has slid down to being the fourth most general car in the segment. On one hand, it is certain that Toyota is going to launch the modernized Corolla Altis in the first week of March 2017 since some dealers across the country have already start accepting pre-bookings for the car at a quoted amount of Rs.100000. On the other hand, what is not confirmed is what changes Toyota Corolla Altis will make to help the Corolla recover lost ground. Toyota had revealed a facelift of the Corolla for select markets globally in 2016, which is also expected to make its way to India, but there isn’t any confirmation about it from the company.
If Toyota does bring in the facelift, it will adhere to the business’s new exciting design language seen globally. The basic silhouette of the car will remain the same, though it will receive new LED headlights, a narrower grille and a new LED tail lamp. Inside, the changes could include a reviewed dashboard design and the use of new soft-touch resources. Toyota could also include a larger infotainment system to make the Corolla Altis feel more premium than the competition, mainly since the Hyundai Elantra has already been lauded for the unit it has. Otherwise, Toyota could similarly opt to update the design slightly rather than introducing the facelift, to save on costs. The powertrain options in the new Toyota Corolla Altis are probable to remain the same. First, a 1.8-litre, naturally aspirated, four cylinder petrol motor, developing 140 – PS of maximum power and 173- Nm of highest torque, paired to either a 6 – speed manual or a 7 – speed automatic transmission and second, a 1.4-litre, turbocharged, four-cylinder diesel motor, developing 88-PS of highest power and 205-Nm of peak torque, paired to a 6-speed manual transmission. There are also reports online suggesting that the Corolla Altis facelift in India might also be offered with a cross powertrain. Company has already refreshed the Camry Hybrid for the 2017 model – year, and also launched the all – new Prius hybrid in the country and the introduction of the Corolla Altis hybrid could give the model and benefit over the competition.
If Toyota does launch the Corolla Altis hybrid in India, it will be powered by a 1.8-litre, naturally aspirated, 4-cylinder petrol motor, combined with an electric motor, with a joint maximum power output of 128PS of maximum power and a claimed fuel proficiency of 23kmpl. We will keep you posted as and when Toyota formally releases any information on the upcoming Corolla Altis. Stay tuned.