It's been quite a while since the all-new 2020 Toyota Corolla made its worldwide debut. It's even arrived in Taiwan already, being our first neighbor with the all-new Altis. The ASEAN market has yet to get it, at least until next month.
Yes, after a rather lengthy wait, our region will finally get it and Thailand is up first. Our friends from Headlight Magazine have launch details, the look the region will get, and even the spec.
So, when it is coming out, you ask? It's not a long wait as it will make its ASEAN debut next month. A definite date has yet to be scooped out. However, Headlight Magazine says that the look we will get is similar to the one seen in Taiwan. That means we get the Prestige body, which is also sold in Europe, instead of the Sporty body, the one offered in the Americas and, come third quarter, Japan.
The 2020 Corolla Altis is slightly bigger than the soon to be outgoing model. It measures in at 4,630 mm long, 1,780 mm wide, and 1,435 mm tall. That makes the 11th-generation version 10 mm longer, and 5 mm wider. Curiously, the new one isn't as tall as the current model, which is 25 mm lower. Wheelbase has been retained at 2,700 mm. Cargo capacity has been rated at 470 mm.
And now, on to the engines. For the Thai market at least, there will be three options to choose from. It starts with a 1.6-liter, moving up to a 1.8-liter NA engine for the GR Sport variant, and rounded up by a 1.8-liter hybrid. The hybrid isn't likely to be offered here but there is a slim possibility nonetheless. Specs for the 1.6 and 1.8-liter aren't final yet, but it is possible it will be the same as the Euro-spec Corolla, at least for the 1.6. The base engine puts out 132 PS and 159 Nm of torque. That engine could also be the base engine for the Philippine-spec Corolla Altis.
On the other hand, the 1.8-liter is touted to make 140 PS and 173 Nm of torque. Both NA variants will be mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) with sequential shift, while the hybrid versions will be mated to eCVTs.
With Toyota pushing for more standard safety kit in their cars, we're expecting the all-new Altis to follow suit. There is a high probability of the sedan coming with seven airbags and stability control standard throughout the range, much like the Vios and Rush. As it is coming out in Thailand next month, there is a high probability of it coming to the Philippines either before the year ends or right at the start of the new decade.
Note: Taiwan, Euro, US-spec models shown