Toyota has finally unveiled the 2020 version of the Corolla Altis at the 2018 Guangzhou International Auto Show, China that commenced today. Being Toyota’s one of the best selling model, the new Corolla is said to go on sale in more than 150 countries, starting with its first launch in the Chinese market in the second half of 2019. Nonetheless, the company has already sold more than 46 million units of the model globally, since its first inception back in 1966.
The exterior design of the new Corolla will boast of sleek headlamps along with bigger air inlets compared to the ongoing model and at the same time seem docile. Going by the side, the doors get indented curves at the bottom. The rear too is attractive with the proportion it has and new LED taillamps. The new Toyota Corolla sedan is based on TNGA platform that offers improved driving performance with a low centre of gravity, ride comfort, good NVH levels as well as safety. On the inside, the new sedan gets a contemporary styling, where the interior is based on a ‘Sensuous Minimalism concept’. The floating Infotainment system is placed over the sleekly designed dashboard in the centre.
During the unveiling of the new Toyota Corolla, Yoshiki Konishi, chief engineer of the models said, "We have striven to design new models that are eye-catching, and fun to both ride in and drive. By enhancing not just the fun factors that are unique to cars, but "connectivity" functions to create new value, I wanted to make this new model a car that enriches mobility for customers around the world. I believe the Corolla series, with its millions of customers around the world, is a key touchstone model for gauging the success of Toyota's "making ever-better cars" philosophy carried out through TNGA. I am confident that customers will see that Toyota's car-making has changed significantly."
Speaking of the engine specification, the new Corolla in China is offered with a 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine that develops 115bhp of power, a 1.8-litre hybrid setup that makes 121bhp and a 2.0-litre hybrid unit that produces 178bhp. However, the 2017 model of the Corolla Altis in India is offered with a 1.8-litre petrol engine that generates 138bhp and a 1.4-litre diesel engine that belts out 87 bhp of max power. The transmission duties are carried out with a 6-speed manual as a standard for both petrol and diesel variants, while a super CVT-i with 7 Speed sequential shiftmatic is also offered as optional for the petrol variant.
In the Indian market, the Toyota Corolla Altis rivals with Skoda Octavia, Hyundai Elantra and the upcoming Honda Civic and this one is slated to launch in early 2019. The present version of the Corolla Altis is priced in a range of Rs 16.27 lakh to Rs 20.01 lakh (all prices, ex-showroom), whereas the Skoda Octavia falls in the range of Rs 15.99 to Rs 25.75 lakh, while the Hyundai Elantra starts with a price tag of Rs 13.71 and goes up to a Rs 19.94 lakh for the top-end variant.