The next-generation Toyota Corolla Altis will make its global debut tomorrow, at Carmel, California. The unveil will be followed by showcasing at the 2018 Guangzhou Motor Show on the 16th of November. Ahead of the official reveal, here’s a render that shows what the next-gen Corolla Altis could look like.
Render courtesy IAB
As the render suggests, the 2019 Toyota Corolla Altis promises to look quite futuristic. In a major departure from conservative styling that the Corolla has featured for most part of its 12 generations. The 12th generation sedan variant (Corolla Altis) will derive styling cues from its hatchback sibling, which has already been unveiled and is even on sale internationally. The front end will get sharp LED wraparound headlamps with distinctive LED daytime running light around the headlamps.
The new car will be longer, lower and wider than the version it replaces and is expected to arrive into India sometime next year. Interestingly, the 12th generation Toyota Corolla Altis will also wear Maruti badges as Toyota and Maruti Suzuki are in a badge-engineering agreement.
The Corolla Altis with Maruti badges is expected to get stylistic changes. However, the car is expected to mechanically similar to the one that Toyota sells. Notably, the Maruti-badged Corolla Altis will be the range topping model sold from the NEXA chain of dealerships.
The all-new Toyota Corolla Altis is based on the TNGA C platform. The TNGA C platform is based on heavy-parts sharing, and cars based on this platform are also sharply styled. The all-new Corolla Altis will get 1.2 liter turbo petrol, 2 liter naturally aspirated petrol and 2 liter hybrid petrol engines. A diesel engine will not be offered in any market. Both manual and CVT automatic gearboxes are expected to be offered.
It remains to be seen what Toyota Kirloskar Motors Limited offers with the all-new Corolla Altis in India. It’s likely that the car will get the 2 liter petrol engine as standard, with both manual and CVT automatic gearbox option. The hybrid powertrain could also be brought in to replace the diesel engines model of the previous generation Corolla Altis.
The all-new Toyota Corolla Altis will continue to sit in the D-Segment sedan space in India, rivaling the likes of the Hyundai Elantra and the Skoda Octavia. As for pricing, expect it to be similar to the outgoing model, with prices starting from about Rs. 16.25 lakhs.