Next-Gen Toyota Corolla Altis will take plenty of styling influence from the latest Corolla hatchback sold internationally
Toyota will be lifting cloaks off the next generation Corolla Altis sedan next month according to a report emerged on the Internet. It will be premiering at the upcoming Guangzhou International Motor Show in China that kicks off on November 16 and runs for the next 10 days.
The Japanese manufacturer introduced the latest Corolla hatchback earlier this year in Geneva and it was followed by the estate Touring Sports variant in September. Toyota had also revealed the plug-in hybrid version of Corolla Altis in China in April 2018 as it consistently explored the sedan’s potential in different avatars.
As the hatchback that comes in line with its European siblings courtesy of the sleeker exterior and sportier design elements, we can expect the new generation Corolla Altis to derive most of its influence from there. But expect it to be a bit conservative to appeal for every market including India.
It will be built on Toyota’s global TNGA platform and will have an aggressive stance than the existing model in all means judging by the spotted test mules. It will have a revised interior with less use of physical buttons and a new design for the dashboard and centre console to increase its premium status.
Some of the highlighting features expected on the 2019 Toyota Corolla Altis are an eight-inch touchscreen infotainment system with several connectivity options, seven-inch TFT multi-info display, power adjustable driver seat, two-zone automatic climate control system, improved driver assistance and safety equipment and so on.
As for the mechanicals, the new Corolla Altis will likely use a 2.0-litre hybrid system making 180 horsepower in the US amidst a range of other regular IC engines. Priced between Rs. 16.27 lakh and Rs. 20.01 lakh (ex-showroom) in India across six different variants, it has choice of 1.8-litre petrol or 1.4-litre diesel mill.
We can expect the next generation Corolla Altis to launch in India sometime in 2020 as the global sales will begin in the opening half of next year. However, the existing Corolla based Maruti Suzuki premium sedan could be introduced during the course of 2019.