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.

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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