Toyota has officially introduced the all new 12th generation Corolla Altis sedan in Thailand. Based on the TNGA platform, the Thai-spec Corolla gets the styling that’s similar to that of European-spec models.
In addition to the standard model, there is a GR Sport trim on offer– a moniker for sportier variants that’s being used globally by Toyota. While the basic design remains the same, the GR Sport gets a black front grille garnish with a thick silver strip. There are also silver inserts in the lower grille, black and body color skirts all around and a rear diffuser, plus 17-inch seven-spoke alloys.
The interior remains pretty much the same as other Corolla models sold elsewhere, with a layered dashboard design and a freestanding head unit. Toyota has also added new features such as a large head-up display, a 7-inch digital speedometer display, rear air-condition vents and an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.
Measuring 4,640 mm long, 1,780 mm wide and 1,435 mm tall, the new Corolla is 10 mm longer, 5 mm wider and 45 mm lower than the outgoing model, however the 2,700 mm wheelbase remains unchanged.
The new Corolla Altis in Thailand comes available in 6 variants distributed evenly among petrol and hybrid models. There is base petrol, G and GR Sport variant and Hybrid, Hybrid Mid and Hybrid High variant.
Petrol engine options comprise of 1.6 liter 1ZR-FBE 4-cylinder unit with 125 hp and 156 Nm, and a larger 1.8 liter 2ZR-FBE producing 140 hp and 177 Nm; both linked to a CVT gearbox. The Hybrid utilizes the 2ZR-FXE Atkinson-cycle version of the 1.8 liter engine that churns out 98 hp and 142 Nm, and is paired to a 72 hp/122 Nm electric motor.
Standard features include halogen headlights, LED tail lights, 15-inch alloys, manual fabric seats and Bluetooth, while the 1.6G and Hybrid Entry models add 16-inch wheels, keyless entry, push-button start, leather, automatic air-condition, rear air vents and reverse sensors. GR Sport and Hybrid Mid receive auto LED headlights, an acoustic glass windscreen, a powered driver’s seat, the 8-inch touchscreen and a reverse camera.
The Hybrid High gets the full complement of features, including 17-inch alloys, LED fog lights, navigation, T-connect telematics, the 7-inch digital speedometer, a head-up display, a Nanoe ionizer, powered passenger seat and a powered rear windscreen sunshade.
In terms of safety, all models get 7 airbags and stability control, with the GR Sport model also coming with blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert. However, only the Hybrid High gets the full Toyota Safety Sense suite of driver assists, including autonomous emergency braking, all-speed adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist and auto high beam.
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