2019 Toyota Corolla Altis launched in Thailand – new Hybrid and GR Sport, from RM114k to RM151k

After teasing the car last week, Toyota Motor Thailand has officially introduced the new Corolla Altis in the country. This 12th-generation version of Toyota’s stalwart family sedan arrives with an all-new platform and a smattering of new features.

As we’ve previously reported, the Altis for the ASEAN market essentially takes after the international Corolla Sedan, with a more conventional and less overtly sporty design compared to the one sold exclusively in the United States. By no means does this car look boring, however, as the styling is quite a bit more aggressive than the outgoing model, dominated by a massive lower grille.

Contributing to the sharp look are the slim headlights and upper grille, along with the chrome-trimmed slits that sit at the corners of the front bumper. At the rear, you’ll find broad two-piece tail lights joined by a chrome strip, as well as C-shaped contours in the bumper that mirror the front slits. The wheels measure up to 17 inches, and the top-spec two-tone design is similar (but not identical) to the pre-facelifted outgoing model.

Replacing the bodykit-equipped ESport model is the GR Sport, adopting the moniker used globally. While the basic design remains the same, there’s a black front grille garnish with a thick silver strip, giving it a look that’s reminiscent of the sportier Camry SE in the United States. There are also silver inserts in the lower grille, black and body colour skirts all around and a rear diffuser, plus 17-inch seven-spoke alloys.

The interior is again derived from other Corolla models sold elsewhere, with a layered dashboard design with a freestanding head unit. Aside from claims of improved perceived quality, Toyota has also added new features such as a large head-up display, a seven-inch digital speedometer display, rear air-con vents and an eight-inch infotainment touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity.

Measuring 4,640 mm long, 1,780 mm wide and 1,435 mm tall, the new Altis is 10 mm longer, five millimetres wider and 45 mm lower than the old car. The wheelbase, on the other hand, stays the same at 2,700 mm long, but despite this the car has migrated to the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) first seen on the new Prius, C-HR and now the new Camry.

The new Altis range consists of six variants, split equally into petrol and Hybrid power. Pricing starts at 829,000 baht (RM114,100) for the base 1.6 litre Limo, rising to 869,000 baht (RM119,600) for the 1.6G. The GR Sport is powered by a more powerful 1.8 litre engine and retails at 999,000 baht (RM137,500).

As for the Hybrid models, the self-explanatory Entry variant kicks things off at 939,000 baht (RM129,200), while the Mid is priced at 989,000 baht (RM136,100). The High tops the range at 1,099,000 baht (RM151,200).

The 1.6 litre 1ZR-FBE four-cylinder makes 125 PS at 6,050 rpm and 156 Nm of torque at 5,200 rpm, whereas the larger 1.8 litre 2ZR-FBE produces 140 PS at 6,000 rpm and 177 Nm at 4,000 rpm; both are linked to a CVT. The Hybrid utilises the 2ZR-FXE Atkinson-cycle version of the 1.8 litre mill that churns out 98 PS at 5,200 rpm and 142 Nm at 3,600 rpm, and is paired to a 72 PS/122 Nm electric motor for a total of 122 PS.

As standard, you get halogen headlights, LED tail lights, 15-inch alloys, manual fabric seats and Bluetooth, while the 1.6G and Hybrid Entry models add 16-inch wheels, keyless entry, push-button start, leather, auto air-con, rear air vents and reverse sensors. GR Sport and Hybrid Mid receive auto LED headlights, an acoustic glass windscreen, a powered driver’s seat, the eight-inch touchscreen and a reverse camera.

The Hybrid High gets the full complement of features, including 17-inch alloys, LED fog lights, navigation, T-connect telematics, the seven-inch digital speedo, a head-up display, a Nanoe ioniser, a powered passenger seat and a powered rear windscreen sunshade. Safety-wise, all models get seven airbags and stability control, with the GR Sport model also coming with blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert.

However, only the Hybrid High gets the full Toyota Safety Sense suite of driver assists, including autonomous emergency braking, all-speed adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist and auto high beam. It also offers a tyre pressure monitoring system.

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