This year marks 50 years since the first Toyota Corolla rolled off the production line, and yet here we are, the world’s best selling car continues to be revamped and refreshed to meet the ever changing demands of customers.
One of those demands is a better looking car, and it’s no question that many want a great looking car. This facelift has brought in some major changes in the car’s front fascia, notably, the addition of project-type headlamps with LED daytime running lights across the entire line-up, a redesigned front bumper with faux vents on the sides, and a slightly redesigned LED rear combination lights. The 2.0 V meanwhile gets full-LED automatic headlights, a bodykit, and newly designed 17 inch alloy wheels.
Another changing consumer demand is a quest for a more opulent and premium cabin experience. Inside, plenty of effort has been made to uplift the cabin ambience. The materials have been improved to make the Corolla Altis feel less utilitarian and more upscale. A leather padded areas has been added in the dashboard to further make the interior a nice place to be in. The most noticeable addition perhaps is the new Toyota touch screen infotainment system with Bluetooth connectivity. 8-way power adjustable seats are adorned by the 2.0 V variants.
Mechanically, the Corolla Altis is unchanged, still powered by a 1.6 liter 1ZR-FE Dual VVT-i petrol engine that produces 122 hp @ 6,000 rpm and 154 Nm of torque @ 5,200 rpm, or a 2.0 liter Dual VVT-i 3ZR-FE petrol engine, which produces 145 hp @ 6,200 rpm and 187 Nm of torque @ 3,600 rpm. The 1.6 liter is can be mated to a 6-Speed manual or a CVT, while the 2.0 liter is only available with a CVT equipped with paddle shifters.
One of the biggest changes that Toyota Motor Philippines touts it has made in the new Corolla Altis is in the area of safety, and we at Go Flat Out highly admire this move for a push in the country’s improvement of its safety standards. All variants now come with 7 airbags, which includes one for the driver’s knee, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX child seat mounts, and Vehicle Stability Control.
1.6 E MT: P894,000
1.6 G MT: P934,000
1.6 G AT: P990,000
1.6 V AT: P1,074,000 (White Pearl +P15,000)
2.0 V AT: P1,318,000 (White Pearl +P15,000)