PIMS 2010: Toyota launches facelifted Corolla Altis


TopGear.com.ph Philippine Car News - Toyota Altis launched at the 3rd PIMS

The new Toyota Corolla Altis has been unveiled at the 3rd Philippine International Motor Show where Toyota Motor Philippines is now showing off the sedan’s much-needed facelift aimed at keeping the model looking fresh.

Noticeable changes are found in the Corolla Altis’ front exterior, which now has smoked headlamps and a pair of foglamps. Emphasizing its sporty nature of the Altis is the bar type front grille lined with mesh on the inside. The rear and side also get slightly reworked via the smoked rear combination lamps, side spoilers and the five-spoke 16-inch alloy wheels.

The Corolla Altis’ interior also gets retouched as it now sports a new dark gray upper interior color. The gauges are now rendered as optitron meters, the integrated 2-DIN In-Dash sound system comes with six speakers and has an auxiliary input while the automatic climate control comes with a digital push-type control panel with clean air filter.

The Corolla Altis is still powered by a 2-liter engine though this is now equipped with an Acoustic Control Induction System that increases the engine’s air intake for better fuel combustion. This engine puts out 145 horsepower and 187 Newton meters of torque. The still-available 1.6-liter engine produces 120hp and 154Nm of torque.

Paired to the 2-liter engine is the Super Continuously Variable Transmission-intelligent system which promises smooth acceleration while achieving maximum fuel efficiency. It also comes with paddle shifts that offer seamless shifting and reduced noise and vibrations. A six-speed manual transmission is still available for the 1.6-liter variant.

The refreshed Corolla Altis will be available by September with the 2-liter variant at P1,135,000 while the 1.6-liter variants will be price at P955,000 for the AT-equipped V variant, P894,000 for the AT-equipped G variant, P858,000 for the MT-equipped G variant, and P804,000 for the base MT-equipped E variant.


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  • v!nci Aug 19 2010 @ 03:45pm
    front looks good. not sure about its back.
  • rupert Aug 19 2010 @ 06:32pm
  • maranello_5775 Aug 19 2010 @ 06:43pm
    it looks sad on personal. The 1.6li variants get the dual vvti technology
  • hello Aug 19 2010 @ 09:04pm
    Saw this personally during the PIMS, and I think it's too much. The tackiness killed a somehow good product. The lines and angles just don't go together that well.
  • feeter Aug 19 2010 @ 09:46pm
    Looks good for me, everything in this car looks serious, including the lines added by its architects. Drive it and you'll discover the fun!
  • [email protected] Aug 19 2010 @ 10:27pm
    Mas maganda dating, sporty na talaga. At least di nahuhuli Pinas in terms of Toyota, updated sa design. Kasi yung ibang brands like Mazda, bago na yung Mazda 3 nila dito sa Australia, diyan sa atin luma pa din. Hyundai din, may mga bago na sila dito, diyan sa atin ala pa rin.
  • feeter Aug 20 2010 @ 07:07am
    Sir Nell in fairness, updated po ang Hyundai dito sa Pinas, although not the entire line-up.
  • hopeless Aug 21 2010 @ 05:21pm
    Bagong itsura, bagong presyo. As usual, pamahal ng pamahal ang prices. Sana hindi umabot sa punto na pulitiko na lang ang makakabili ng sasakyan at tayo ay motor lang ang makakayanan. Buti dinala na ng Toyota yan. More sales nanaman 'to.
  • JoeyBoy Aug 21 2010 @ 11:16pm
    @nell2ramos- How much is the Nexgen Mazda 3 over there? Also which Hyundai model are refering to? TY
  • southboy Aug 22 2010 @ 12:53am
    much much better if you see it at PIMS!!
  • mico23 Aug 22 2010 @ 09:51am
    I saw the rear of the new Altis. Think about the last-gen Altis' rear lamps and you're not far off.
  • southboy Aug 22 2010 @ 11:03am
    that's why it is just a facelift. but the front became more aggressive.. and the 6-speed M/T for their 1.6 variant is a sure hit!
  • joelklim Aug 24 2010 @ 10:26pm
    im inlove with this car!!
  • joelklim Aug 24 2010 @ 10:26pm
    im inlove with this car!!
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