Toyota Corolla Altis: Old vs Facelift
2017 Toyota Corolla Altis facelift looks more stylish and upmarket compare to the outgoing model
Toyota is the largest automaker of the world surpassing the Volkswagen in recent times. In India the Japanese auto manufacturer has a strong presence in the SUV segment, MUV segment as well as in the sedan segment also. Although the Toyota is mostly known for its Toyota Fortuner SUV and Toyota Innova MPV, which has recently received the new generation model in form of Toyota Innova Crysta, but the Toyota Corolla Altis sedan also has a strong presence in Indian market.
The Toyota Corolla is one of the longest serving global models from the Japanese auto manufacturer around the world, which was first introduced in 1966, and in 1974 the Corolla became the bestselling car of the world, which surpassed the Volkswagen Beetle as well.
Now after so many changes and facelifts incorporated to the Toyota Corolla sedan, another facelift model is due to hit the markets, which has been unveiled in Russia few days back. The new facelifted Toyota Corolla will be christened as the Toyota Corolla Altis in Indian market, just like its predecessor.
Here let’s take a close look what are the differences and changes incorporated to the new Toyota Corolla Facelift compare to the old model.
The most changes took place at exterior of the Toyota Corolla Altis facelift. At the front fascia the headlamps look trimmed and sharper compare to the outgoing model, while LED daytime running lights integrated to it. The front grille looks new as well with sleeker and trimmed slats running between the two headlamps and meeting the far ends of the headlamp clusters. The front grille in the new Toyota Corolla facelift model gets two bars instead of a three slated appearance. At the lower fascia the front bumper has been redesigned with wider air intake and more aggressive looking slats, while the fog lamp clusters also come slated unlike the old model. Moreover, the front fascia looks sharper, aggressive and sculpted compare to the outgoing model.
The side profile also looks stylish with the new design alloy wheels, sharper character lines running between the fenders through the doors, flared wheel arches, nicely curved roofline, while the side view mirrors also look sharper compare to the outgoing model. Moving to the rear profile of the car the Toyota Corolla Altis facelift looks different as well. The tail lamp clusters remain same, look a bit wider although, and the new facelift model comes sporting LED units, which were not available in the old model. The chrome strip between the tail lights look trimmed as well.
Dimensionally the facelift model of the Toyota Corolla is unlikely to come different than the outgoing model, but the ground clearance has been increased from 135 mm to 150 mm as the Japanese auto manufacturer claims.
The interior of the facelifted Toyota Corolla Altis has also received changes, which are visible up front at the multifunction steering wheel, instrument cluster with updated software for the MID, and of course the centre console which looks suave compare to the outgoing model. The centre console gets a new touchscreen infotainment system, which comes with minimal buttons, and more pro touch capability. Among other features introduced to the facelifted Toyota Corolla Altis are the Pre-Collision System (PCS), Lane Departure Alert (LDA), Automatic High Beam (AHB) and Road Side Assist (RSA). Altogether, the new facelifted Toyota Corolla Altis comes with better and improved safety than the outgoing model.
Toyota has not revealed anything about the powertrain of the upcoming facelifted Toyota Corolla Altis, but the auto major has revealed that the new engines will produce more power compare to the outgoing models and the new sedan will be more fuel efficient as well. It is very likely that the new facelifted sedan will come bearing the same engine options, which include a 1.8 litre petrol engine mated to a 7 speed CVT gearbox, churning out 139 bhp of peak power and 173 Nm of peak torque with 16.07 kmpl of fuel efficiency. On the other hand, the diesel engine will be a 1.4 litre turbocharged unit which is capable to generate 87 bhp of peak power and 205 Nm of peak torque with 21.03 kmpl of fuel economy. So far, the only different we are about to experience from the upcoming facelifted Toyota Corolla Altis sedan, will be the power outputs and better fuel economy.
The new facelifted Toyota Corolla which will get the name Corolla Altis in India looks absolutely stylish and premium compare to the outgoing model. The exterior looks very much suave and upmarket with sharp styling and futuristic design, while putting the old model beside the facelifted model makes the outgoing Toyota Corolla Altis look dull and blunt. The new facelifted Toyota Corolla looks premium and upmarket inside the cabin as well.