The 10th generation of one of the world’s best-selling model lines which is Toyota Corolla Altis has been launched in Malaysia last week.With its impressive features, UMW Toyota Motors expects to sell 800 units of the new Corolla Altis per month. The new Corolla Altis is a completely built-up (CBU) unit, manufactured in Thailand and is available in four variants such as the Altis 1.6E (RM105,990), Altis 1.8E (RM112,990), Altis 1.8G (RM122,990) and the new variant – Altis 2.0V (RM131,990).Prices are on the road including insurance.
The new Corolla Altis is equipped with newly designed exterior for a more dynamic and sporty look with new headlamps, front grille and rear tail lamps that present a sporty style sedan. The interior is further enhanced presenting a luxurious image with a combination of leather and wood on the steering and gear knob as well as the perforated leather seats that offers comfort.
The ZZ series of engines have been replaced by the ZR range, which have twin cams, 16 valves and most significantly, Dual VVT-i. Compared to the ZZ series, the new engines feature, among other things, a roller rocker arm for the valve mechanism, diagonal squish combustion chamber, thin and long reach spark plugs, shell type exhaust manifold, resin long port intake manifold and much reduced friction.
NEW COROLLA ALTIS ENGINE SPECS.
3ZR-FE (1987 cc)
Maximum power: 107 kW/147 ps at 6,200 rpm
Maximum torque: 187 Nm at 3,600 rpm
2ZR-FE (1798 cc)
Maximum power: 103 kW/140 ps at 6,400 rpm
Maximum torque: 173 Nm at 4,000 rpm
1ZR-FE (1598 cc)
Maximum power: 90 kW/120 ps at 6,000 rpm
Maximum torque: 154 Nm at 5,200 rpm
Transmission options have also received a much welcomed improvement. While the 1.6 soldiers on with a 4-speed auto gearbox, the 1.8 and 2.0-litre models get Toyota’s new Super CVT-i (Continuously Variable Transmission with intelligence). Toyota has programmed the transmission with seven virtual ratios for manual selection should the driver decides to indulge in some sportier driving. The 2.0V even throws in paddle shifters for good measure.
Equipment-wise, the facelifted Corolla Altis comes standard with front fog lamps, LED tail lights, side-mirror mounted blinkers, trip computer, ABS, EBD, BA, dual airbags, front and rear parking sensors. The 1.8G and 2.0V gets Optitron meters, 8-way power adjusting driver’s seat, and VSC among others.