Toyota Corolla Altis 2014 India’s another Benchmark Topper – Overview

Toyota`s bestselling nameplate is like new again. After the facelift of 2007, the series was almost doomed if it wasn`t for the changes made in late 2009. Anyhow, India’s Toyota Corolla Altis 2014 still maintains its title as D Segment topper. But how the new modifications will stand out in market, let`s observe!

Introduction

Eleventh generation of Corolla ALTIS is here! After almost 5 years, the world got to enjoy a whole new generation of world`s best seller sedan.  The Corolla was among most anticipated launches of 2014. Installed with best in class features, the Toyota Corolla Altis 2014 now has it all to top the competition of D Segment Sedans. Introduced in both Diesel and Petrol Variants, there are a lot of interesting and new features in Toyota Corolla. Time to unfold them!

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Pros

  • Better Wheelbase improved cabin Space
  • Comfort features better than rivals
  • Performance of Petrol variants has been improved
  • Sleek and aerodynamic body design

Cons

  • Fuel economy of both Diesel and Petrol should be improved
  • No Updates for Engine
  • Ground clearance is low
  • Price tag is not competitive
  • Room for more improvements

Toyota Corolla Altis 2014 Interior

The internal part is designed in dual tones, Beige and Black. It is further complemented by chrome inserts. Sleek dashboard is installed with new features such as infotainment system, a large glove box, newly designed AC Vents and leather upholstered Steering Wheel. Toyota Corolla Altis 2014 interior also gets new modified instrument cluster which is completely different from the conventional. This houses the digital tachometer, multi trip meter and even the low fuel warning light.

The Seats of Grade JS and GL are covered in fabric Upholstery and top end trims get to enjoy premium leather seats. The cabin gets elegant appearance with introduction of new steering wheel, Gear Knob and Door Handles. At last, the Corolla is blessed with a couple of sophisticated features such as front personal lamp with storage space, the electric power steering and rear sunshade.

Toyota Corolla Altis

Toyota Corolla Altis

Petrol Variants

  • 8L J(S) 12.3 Lac
  • 8L G 14 Lac
  • 8L G CVT 15.4 Lac
  • 8L GL 15.6 Lac
  • 1.8L VL 16.7 Lac

Diesel Variants

  • D 4D J 13 Lac
  • D 4D J (S) 13.9 Lac
  • D 4D G 15.2 Lac
  • D 4D GL 16.6 Lac

Altis Engine

Offered in both Altis Petrol and Diesel Variants, The petrol variants are installed with 1.8L engine based on Dual VVT-I tech. it is integrated with 4 cylinders and 16 valves using DOHC. This engine has displacement of 1798 cc and is capable of churning 138 BHP with max torque 173 NM at 4000 Rpm.  Petrol motor is mated with 5 speed manual and 7 speed super CVT-I shift-matic gearbox. Diesel trim is powered by sophisticated 1.4 L D4D engine 1364 cc. its mated with a turbocharging unit along win an inter-cooler. This improves the durability. This unit can generate 87 BHP power at 3800 rpm and torque of 205 nm at 2500 rpm.

Acceleration

The 1.8 L petrol engine is combined with six speed manual gearbox which helps the car to reach top speed of 160 km/H. this variant can reach 0-100 km speed in 12 seconds. The automatic variants with 7 speed gearbox can reach 0-100 in 10 seconds with max speed of 205 km/H. this is remarkable for this class.  The diesel version are powered with 1.4 liter engine and is combined with same six speed manual gearbox. This makes the car accelerate from 0-100 in 13 seconds. While at it, the sedan is capable of reaching top speed of 165 km/H.

Mileage

As told before, the petrol variants are equipped 1798 cc engine with Electronic Fuel Injection.This system makes the car capable of reaching 9.5 KM/L in city streets while 14.5 Km/L on highways. The automatic trims of new Corolla can now generate max mileage 13.5 Km/L.

On Contrary, diesel versions powered by 1365 cc engine is combined with railed direct injection fuel supply system which enables this sedan to generate max mileage of 18.5 Km/L within the city while making 21 Km/L on the highway. This average has been approved by Automotive Research Association of India. Fuel tank capacity of Toyota Altis petrol and diesel is 55 L and 50 L which helps for longer journeys.

The Beast

The 1.8 L petrol variants are capable of generating max power of 138 BHP at 6400 rpm with 173 NM max torque at 4000 rpm. On other hand, Corolla Altis 2014 diesel variant 1.4 L D4D is combined with a turbocharger.  This variant is capable of producing 87 BHP at 3800 rpm with peak torque of 205 NM at 2500 rpm. This make the car ideal for in city use.

Exterior

The 2014 version of Corolla enjoyed a whole new look with aerodynamic body and stylish features. Most attractive part of this sedan is its lustrously front facade which comes with large windscreen which comes with intermittent wipers. The bold radiator grill is installed with a couple of chrome slats with prominent company logo at its heart. The grill is flanked by newly designed headlamps and indicators.  The high end variants get a treatment of automatic LED lamps with day running lights. Toyota Corolla Altis 2014 Bumper is garnished in body color and it now holds a wider air intake too cool the engine.

Air dam is now surrounded by bright fog lamps however the base variant of Toyota Corolla 2014 lacks this feature. Front has a lot of chrome inserted which gives it a decent appearance.  Side character is defined by lines and black finished window sill. Door handle and outside rear view mirror both are painted in body color. These wings can be adjusted automatically and they are installed with a side turn blinker. To keep it simple, I will just add the new Toyota ALTIS Corolla exterior was better than our expectations!

Rivals

Final Take

Corolla is not as much fun as its rival to drive buts without a doubt; it’s the most comfortable car in its section.  The top marks of this ride is its new bold design while inheriting the well reputed and praised Toyota quality and reliability. Although the diesel versions grasp all the power. The exclusive built of these car offers comfort and spacious interior.  Therefore, in the end it’s a thumbs up!

 

 

 

 

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