Text: Vince Pornelos / Photos: Vince Pornelos | posted January 12, 2014 16:46
Previewed at dealers
So the official launch of the next generation Toyota Corolla Altis is just around the corner, but apparently, early examples of the car have already made their way to dealerships for eager customers to view.
We paid a visit to our friendly neighborhood Toyota Pasig dealership to take a look at the all new Corolla Altis and see what it has to offer customers.
The fully redesigned exterior follows the same look as the European market version and not the U.S. version. There were two variants on display, the first being a white 2014 Corolla Altis 1.6V, and had on a set of 16-inch alloy wheels with Dunlop Enasave EC300 tires.
The black 2.0V Altis on display had on an aggressive bolt-on body kit that, quite frankly, give the car a very sporty look. The 2.0V was finished off with a 17-inch set of alloy wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport 3 tires.
The black Altis 2.0V had a black interior but with leather seats while the interior of the Altis 1.6V had a beige/cream and black color combination. The seats on the 1.6V are fabric.
Both top spec cars had the full suite of power features including push button ignition with a smartkey, Bluetooth handsfree, USB input, Aux input, automatic climate control, parking sensors, a large multi info display in the middle of the dual gauge bezels as well as a pull up rear sunshade.
UPDATE: It appears the 2.0V has HID projector headlamps while the 1.6V has multi-reflector halogen headlamps.
Both cars will carryover the same engines from before, and both will have dual VVT-i, twin cams and 16-valves. The 1.6 liter version makes 122 PS while the 2.0 liter version makes 145 PS.
The 2.0V gets a 7-speed CVT. The 1.6V also gets a 7-speed CVT, an upgrade over the previous generation wherein the 1.6V and 1.6G had just 4-speed automatics. Manual versions of the 2014 Altis 1.6G and 1.6E will have a 6-speed gearbox.
The prices are as follows:
2014 Toyota Corolla Altis 2.0V 7-speed CVT - Php 1,201,000
2014 Toyota Corolla Altis 1.6V 7-speed CVT - Php 999,000
2014 Toyota Corolla Altis 1.6G 7-speed CVT Php 935,000
2014 Toyota Corolla Altis 1.6G 6-speed M/T - Php 879,000
2014 Toyota Corolla Altis 1.6E 6-speed M/T - Php 836,000
What do you think of the all new Altis?