After showcasing the 11th generation, all-new 2014 Corolla Altis D-Segment sedan at the Auto Expo, Toyota has opened pre-bookings of the car. The launch is scheduled for the 27th of May, 2014 even as labour unrest at Toyota Kirloskar’s Bidadi factory has caused the management to go into lockout mode.
The Corolla Altis will be sold with petrol and turbo diesel engine options, with the engines from the outgoing model being retained. The petrol powered 2014 Corolla Altis will be powered by a 1.8 liter engine that outputs 138 Bhp-173 Nm. A 6 speed manual and a CVT automatic gearbox with 7 stepped shifts are the two transmissions offered with this engine.
The diesel motor is a 1.4 liter D-4D turbocharged unit that outputs 88 Bhp-205 Nm. This diesel engine – a variable geometry equipped version that is similar to the ones outfitted on the Liva and Etios – makes do with a 6 speed manual gearbox. The petrol engine is likely to feature better fuel efficiency given the new, fine tuned CVT automatic gearbox. The Altis will take on the likes of the Chevrolet Cruze and the Volkswagen Jetta.
The all-new Corolla Altis comes with a new design, replete with LED headlamps and tail lamps. The revised design ditches curves for an approach that adds more straight lines. The result is a more Euro-like design. Also, the new car is larger than the outgoing Corolla Altis with its wheelbase a full 100 mm longer.
The car also features revamped interiors with new features such as reclining rear seats, reversing camera with sensor, start-stop button, a 7.1-inch touchscreen audio system with navigation, rain sensing wipers and an 8 way adjustable driver seat. 2014 Corolla Altis bookings are open at Toyota dealerships across the country. The new car is likely to be priced about 50,000 rupees higher than the outgoing variants. Prices are likely to start at 12.5 lakh rupees, ex-showroom Delhi.