Ever since the Toyota Corolla sedan made its debut in November of 2018, the Toyota Corolla Altis has now officially made its way into the Philippines. The all-new, 12th generation Corolla carries with it a sportier, more dynamic design, improved driving dynamics, and for the first time ever, a new hybrid powertrain. Toyota aims to make the Corolla Altis the main driver of hybrids in the Philippines.
1.8 V Hybrid
1.6 G CVT
The exterior is more dynamic than ever. While it carries a more conservative exterior design than the North American market Corolla sedan, the all-new Corolla Altis still looks more stylish and more dynamic than ever. All variants have alloy wheels, projector headlights with LED daytime running lights with a coming home/leaving home function, and LED taillights. Moving up to the 1.6 G adds a gloss black lower grille treatment and power-folding mirrors. The 1.6 V and 1.8 V Hybrid adds 17-inch two-tone machine finish alloy wheels, automatic LED headlights, LED foglights, rain-sensing wipers, as well as splashes of chrome trims on the door handles and window lining.
Underneath the skin of the new Corolla is the brand’s TNGA C platform. As a result, the new Corolla is 60% stiffer and has a 2 cm low center of gravity than before. While that may not sound like much, it pays dividends to the car’s newfound sporty handling, aided by the fact that it now uses an independent double-wishbone rear suspension, replacing the torsion beam rear suspension found in current Corollas.
1.8 V Hybrid
1.6 G CVT
Inside, the Corolla features the same stylistic and dynamic interior design. A mix of matte and shiny finishes, combined with soft padded surfaces and contrast stitching details do help in uplifting the interior ambiance of the Corolla.
The Toyota Corolla comes well-equipped in interior features. All variants including the base 1.6 E have a 7-inch touch screen infotainment system, 6-speaker sound system, and one-touch up/down on all four power windows. Moving up to the 1.6 G adds steering wheel controls, 4.2-inch color multi-information display, gloss black and satin silver interior trims, as well as automatic climate control. Lastly, the 1.6 V and 1.8 V Hybrid adds a synthetic leather interior, passive entry with push-button start, electronic parking brake with auto hold, as well as cruise control.
In terms of safety, the Corolla Altis is equipped as standard with 7 airbags, electronic stability control, while the V variants get the benefit of a rearview camera and rear parking sensors. Also, Toyota Safety Sense is equipped on the top trim 1.8 V Hybrid, which includes the usual automatic emergency braking, full-speed adaptive radar cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, as well as lane tracing assist, which locks the Corolla Altis right on the center of the lane all the time.
As mentioned, there are two powertrain options. All but the highest variant is powered by a 1.6-liter inline-4 1ZR-FE petrol engine, producing 121 hp and 153 Nm of torque. This is mated to either a 6-speed manual or CVT.
The top trim variant, meanwhile, is actually a hybrid and it uses the exact same powertrain as the Prius. The hybrid system consists of a 1.8-liter 2ZR-FXE Atkinson cycle petrol engine, producing 98 hp and 142 Nm, of torque. This is mated to a 600-volt electric motor that provides another 72 hp and 163 Nm of torque. In total, the whole system produces 121 hp. Do note that the total hybrid system output is simply not a matter of adding the two power sources.
Nevertheless, the hybrid system uses a nickel-metal hydride battery unit which will be charged by the gasoline engine and regenerative braking.
Here are the following prices of the all-new Toyota Corolla Altis. As usual, there is an additional P15,000 for the V variants for the White Pearl paint.
Corolla Altis 1.6E MT: P999,000
Corolla Altis 1.6G MT: P1,045,000
Corolla Altis 1.6G CVT: P1,115,000
Corolla Altis 1.6V CVT: P1,185,000
Corolla Altis 1.8V Hybrid: P1,580,000