The heavily teased 11th generation Toyota Corolla is now official.
The facelift-ed version of the Altis, Indus Motor Company (IMC) is targeting the Honda Civic X which has been gaining popularity recently.
New quality of life and design changes are included in the new Corolla although no performance upgrades or additions have been added.
Lets take a look at the new Corolla Facelift model.
The overall profile of the car is pretty much the same. However the redesigned headlamps and front grille give it a sportier and svelte look.
The grille meshes together with the daylight running lamps, giving the Altis a streamlined front.
New features include bi-beam LED headlamps replacing the halogen lights on the current model.
Sides on the Altis remain mostly unchanged. New 16 inch Aluminium rims replace the 15 inch wheel caps for the Altis variants. The wheel cap stays for the XLi and GLi.
The side mirrors will now tilt downwards when you put the car in reverse to help you navigate narrow parking spaces easily.
The rear lamps look similar to the Altis of old. Chrome detailing on the rear lights was added in addition to a redesigned LED lamp to give a 3D look for the outer lens.
A new “Phantom Brown” color has been added to the available options. The list of colors include:
- Super White
- Attitude Black
- Graphite Gray
- Phantom Brown
- Dorado Gold
- Strong Blue
Moving towards the inside you’ll notice that the dashboard looks the same as before. Toyota points out that the soft textured material uses a double layered design. The joints and parting lines are hidden from view to give it a seamless feel.
The infotainment system has been upgraded with a 9″ TFT touchscreen complete with 3G/4G and a WiFi hotspot. It includes a front and rear camera and a web cam.
USB ports are available on the front and back seats both to let you charge your phone on the go.
The air conditioner controls have been refined as well. Frequently used switches have been replaced with toggle switches for easier operation. A high contrast LCD display has been used for the climate control display for better visibility.
Engine and Drivetrain
A total of 5 versions will be launched:
- 1.3L XLi Manual
- 1.3L GLi Manual/Automatic
- 1.6L Altis Automatic
- 1.8L Altis CVT-i/Manual
- 1.8L Altis Grande CVT-i/Manual
Although the engine variants are the same as before, drivetrain has been altered for most of the Corolla models. A new sport mode has been added which emphasizes responsiveness and acceleration over comfort.
New linear start assist (not available for 1.3L models) determines the drivers’ intentions by how hard they push the accelerator and switches the sensitivity of the pedal accordingly.
Safety Features and Price Estimate
Toyota has slightly upgraded the suite of safety features included in the Corolla models. These include:
- Dual SRS bags
- Front Seatbelts: 3-Point ELR with Pretensioner and Force Limiter
- GOA Body with Reinforcement
- ISOFIX Child Seat Anchors
Official prices for the cars haven’t been revealed yet, however the price tags are expected to be Rs. 90,000 to Rs. 150,000 above the base price.