Corolla Altis diesel launched in India, prices start at Rs 10.95 lakh

Corolla Altis diesel sedan priced to shock!

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Photo: Corolla Altis diesel

The much-anticipated Toyota Corolla Altis diesel variant is finally here. The base variant of the Corolla Altis diesel is priced at a super-low Rs 10.95 lakh. The price of the mid-range variant is Rs 12.73 lakh. The top-end variant is priced Rs 13.75 lakh.

The 1400 cc D-4D diesel motor in the Corolla Altis diesel produces 89 bhp at 3800 rpm and 20.9 kgm of torque at 1800-2800 rpm. With a variable nozzle turbo and intercooler, the car should provide adequate power and a smooth ride. 89 bhp may not seem all that great, but the diesel market in India is not performance-obsessed. And Corollas are often chauffeur-driven in India. The car comes with a first-in-segment six-speed manual transmission which would make it possible to eke out every last kilometer from the engine.

Toyota has been justifiably proud about the fuel efficiency figures of the Corolla Altis diesel. You get an ARAI-certified mileage of 21.43 kmpl – even with some hard driving, how much can it go down? The mileage-maniacs in India are going to be really happy with the Corolla Altis diesel for sure.

Toyota has been a bit late with the Corolla Altis diesel for sure. That is the market that general Motors managed to capture with its Chevrolet Cruze in the beginning of the year. Competition for the diesel sedan include the Cruze, Skoda Laura 2.0 TDI, the Volkswagen Jetta 2.0 TDI. The Corolla Altis will be followed by the launch of the Etios hatchback and sedan by the end of the year.

The new Altis diesel looks a bit better than the older petrol version. The new front grille is clearly better than the earlier one. Inside, nothing much has changed.

Colours

The colours available for the Corolla Altis diesel are: White Pearl Mica, Black Mica, Dark Red Mica Metallic, Super White II, Silver Mica Metallic, Light Blue Metallic, Champagne Mica Metallic.

Toyota Corolla Altis diesel launch photo gallery

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Earlier preview of the Toyota Corolla Altis continues below…

Toyota Corolla Altis Launching Tomorrow

(20 July 2010)
Toyota will be finally launching a diesel variant of its Corolla Altis sedan tomorrow. The diesel variant of the highly acclaimed Corolla Altis was always on the cards but was delayed due to some reason or other. Now finally Toyota is ready with the diesel variant as the Altis was feeling threatened by the likes of the Chevy Cruze and the Skoda Laura which are very good diesel options if you are looking for a car in the 12-15lakh segment. You can read out earlier story on the upcoming Corolla Altis diesel here.

The Corolla Altis diesel is expected to be powered by a 1.4-litre D-4D engine under its hood which is rumored to be highly efficient unit . This engine is already donning the duty in the Corollas abroad and this same 1.4 D4D unit also powers the Toyota Yaris in a few countries.

When the rivals of the Altis have a 2.0 litre diesel unit Toyota has chosen to go the efficient way by getting an diesel unit that is less powerful but would return efficiency levels that are unheard of in this segment. This D4D 1.4 engine is armored by a variable geometry turbocharger (VGT) that should make up for the smaller displacement. The D4D 1.4 VGT engine makes about 85bhp of power, but as we mentioned its real virtue or USP would be its fuel efficiency. With a claimed fuel efficiency of over 20 kmpl for the Corolla Altis diesel with the same D4D engine that’s been sold in other parts of the world should be the perfect take off for this car here in India.

The Toyota Corolla Altis Diesel would invariably shake up the segment and give the Skoda Laura and the Chevrolet Cruze the run for their money.

Just to refresh our readers memories the Toyota Corolla line of cars has been one of the best sellers from Toyota and has enjoyed a lot of popularity worldwide since it was first launched in 1966. It was the highest selling car globally in 1997 and has sold over 35 million units till 2007. The car was brought into the Indian car market five years ago and has already managed to sell more than 40,000 units.

After the Altis Diesel is launched tomorrow Toyota will gear itself for the launch of its much awaited hatchback and sedan variants of the Etios powered by petrol engines initially.

Keep watching this space for more on the Toyota Altis Diesel and then the Etios hatch and sedan cars.