A 2020 Toyota Corolla Altis has been spotted in Laguna

This is what the carmaker might be launching next month
by Drei Laurel | Aug 15, 2019
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It looks like we finally have an idea of what Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) is launching next month.

Images of what might possibly be an all-new Toyota Corolla Altis have surfaced online. According to a reader who sent us the photos, they were taken along a highway in Santa Rosa, Laguna—where TMP’s factory and technical school are located.

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The vehicle is the same unit revealed in China during last year’s Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition (albeit that one packed a hybrid powertrain). It appears we will not be getting the angrier-looking model currently available in markets like the US, Europe, and Japan. Tough luck, but the one spotted locally looks very nice, too.

There’s a large lower grille, stylish headlights flanking an ultra-slim chrome and plastic upper grille, and some minimalist foglights. Character lines look pronounced, and the rear end features simple taillights and a snazzy chrome accent. A feature line runs straight across the front wheel well all the way to the trunk; this reminds us of the current Lexus IS.

It’s a handsome compact sedan, and we like it—though we aren’t digging the wheels at the moment, as the ones revealed in China look much more attractive.

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Of course, there’s no word regarding specs or what’s under the hood. We’ll have to wait until the vehicle’s September launch to find out more—if, indeed, this is what TMP has in store for the market. We do know this version runs on Toyota’s New Global Architecture, which the carmaker claims provides its products with more comfort and better driving dynamics compared with previous generations.

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