Toyota unleashes the hybrid Corolla Altis GR Sport in Taiwan

Is this something you’d buy if made available?
by Drei Laurel | May 5, 2020
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The Toyota Corolla Altis is undoubtedly a classy and stylish-looking car. But sporty? There’s some room for debate there, especially when you put the compact sedan beside more aggressively styled competition like the Mazda 3 or the Honda Civic.

So, in normal trim, ‘sporty’ isn’t the aptest word to use in describing the Corolla Altis. The Corolla Altis GR Sport in Taiwan, though, shows a more athletic appearance can indeed be achieved. With some help, of course.

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Help here comes in the form of add-ons like 17-inch GR Sport aluminum wheels, blacked-out taillights, wheel deflectors, piano-black air intakes, diffusers, and other additional aerodynamic bits courtesy of Toyota’s GR Sport Appearance Kit.

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Inside, you’ll find leather seats with red accents featuring ‘GR Sport’ headrests. There’s more to this package than just appearances, however, as it runs on a GR Sport-tuned suspension with anti-roll bars for improved body roll and cornering performance.

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Powering this sedan is a hybrid system featuring a 1.8-liter 2ZR-FXE Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine capable of 97hp and 142Nm of torque and a 600V electric motor with 120hp and 163Nm. Shifting is handled by an E-CVT. Oh, and this thing’s supposedly capable of 23.6km/L.

So, safe to say the Corolla Altis GR Sport is a sporty-looking, car then? We think so, and it’s efficient, too! Is a sportier-looking Toyota Corolla Altis something you’d find appealing, or are you satisfied with the local version’s current appearance? Let us know in the comments.

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