Toyota is planning to launch a face-lifted Altis with a 1.6-litre petrol engine (instead of the present 1.8-litre engine) in April 2011. The face-lifts also include a new front bumper, larger grille and redesigned tail lamps. The new Toyota Corolla Altis with the 1.6-litre petrol engine will likely be priced in Honda City territory of Rs. 8.5 lakh – Rs. 10 lakh.
According to CarIndia, the 2011 Toyota Corolla Altis has already been prepared for launch. The spy photos of test mules of the 2011 Corolla Altis surfaced on the Internet last month. The test cars were camouflaged only at the front bumper and rear tail lamps, confirming doubts about the upcoming model.
The 1.6-litre petrol engine that Toyota will introduce in the new Corolla Altis will produce 120 bhp of maximum power and will sell alongside the existing variants with a 1.8-litre petrol and 1.4 litre diesel engine. It must be noted that the Toyota Corolla Altis, with the 1.6-litre petrol engine, is the most sold variant in markets abroad. Related story: Toyota Corolla Altis diesel road test
Toyota Corolla Altis vs Honda City
|Specifications||Toyota Corolla Altis Petrol||Honda City Petrol|
|Engine||1.6 litre petrol*||1.5 litre petrol|
|Power||120 hp*||116.3 bhp|
|Torque||157 Nm*||146 Nm|
|Dimension (length x width x height)||4,540 mm x 1,760 mm x 1,480 mm||4,420 mm x 1,695 mm x 1,480 mm|
|Wheelbase||2,600 mm||2,550 mm|
|Boot space||475 litres||506 litres|
|Price Range||Rs. 8.5 lakh – Rs. 10.5 lakh*||Rs. 8.3 lakh – Rs. 10.43 lakh*|
* may vary
The Toyota Corolla has been very popular in India over the years and continues to sell well in its new avatar, the Corolla Altis. The company launched the Corolla Altis diesel last year which also has been reasonable sales. However the car is now a bit long in the tooth. The all-new Honda City has been attracting a lot of buyers, and the introduction of a 1600 cc variant of the Corolla might make buyers look at the car again.