Marcus De Guzman / Daihatsu | July 12, 2017 06:25
Daihatsu badge engineers all-new Camry as 2018 Altis
A Daihatsu Altis? Yes, Toyota's small car brand has been selling a rebadged version of the Camry as the Altis in its home market of Japan. With Toyota recently releasing the new-generation model in Japan (code named XV70), it was only a matter of time before Daihatsu decided it was time to launch their own version of the sedan too.
Like all previous models of the Altis (which first started with the XV40 Camry), the 'badge engineered' Daihatsu pretty much retains the same exterior styling of the all-new Camry. The front gets Toyota's 'Keen Look' design that is dominated by sleek headlights along with a prominent upper and lower grill.
Compared to the Camry which gets a set of stylish alloy wheels, the Altis gets a simpler ten-spoke set. The rear also retains the distinct design which is comprised of quarter-flanking taillights, deck-lid spoiler and chrome trim.
Despite being more affordable, the 2018 Daihatsu Altis comes standard with the following: LED headlights, taillights and foglights, smart keyless entry, push-button start, 7-inch multi-info display, eight-way power adjustable driver's seat, dual-zone automatic climate control and a six-speaker audio system. Replacing the leather interior is a fabric upholstery, however.
The sole powertrain option available for the Altis is a hybrid. It is comprised of a 2.5-liter inline-four with D-4S direct injection (178 PS with 221 Nm), along with an electric motor which produces 120 PS and 202 Nm. Total system output is rated at 221 PS. Power is then sent to the front wheels via a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
Available with Toyota Safety Sense P as standard, the 2018 Daihatsu Altis can come with the following safety systems: autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, active cruise control, lane departure warning, rear cross traffic alert and blind spot monitoring.