CAR TECH | Toyota brings all-new hybrid Corolla Altis to PH
MANILA, PHILIPPINES — A new hybrid era begins as Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) announces the full model change of its longest-running model. The launch of the All-New Corolla Altis marks another milestone in TMP history as the model is the first in its lineup to feature three of Toyota’s latest technologies in one variant.
“The All-New Toyota Corolla is the first-ever model to be launched in the Philippines that completely embodies our philosophy of EVER BETTER CARS,” says Satoru Suzuki, TMP president. “With Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) which is the new standard of design and engineering, it provides EVER BETTER PERFORMANCE. With Toyota Safety Sense (TSS), it offers customers EVER BETTER LIVES. And with Hybrid Technology, it helps create an EVER BETTER WORLD.”
The All-New Corolla Altis lineup is headlined by a hybrid electric variant, marking the first time that the Toyota Hybrid technology is made available in a mainstream, high-volume model. This further boosts Toyota’s push to provide technologically-advanced and sustainable mobility options to more Filipinos.
This new generation of the Corolla Altis is redesigned with improved performance and accentuated appeal, all while retaining its timeless legacy. The classic model well-loved by Filipinos further elevates its image by enhancing performance, comfort and convenience, while providing peace of mind with its advanced safety features.
Making hybrid technology more accessible
In line with the Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050, environment-friendly technology is made more accessible with the introduction of the All-New Corolla Altis 1.8V HV variant. Competitively priced at Php1.58M, and backed by its loyal brand following and established legacy, the All-New Corolla Altis is a perfect entry-point for Filipino customers wanting to shift to HEV technology.
The 1.8V HV variant is powered by a VVT-I, 4-Cylinder In-Line DOHC, 16 Valve engine with 1,798cc displacement and electric motor, 121hp total system maximum output, and 142Nm maximum torque @ 3,600 rpm. Drivers can experience a smooth and quiet ride with better fuel efficiency while the battery self-charges during the drive. Three driving modes are available (Sport, Eco, Normal), giving the driver more control.
Toyota’s new global architecture
Having been developed under the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform, the All-New Corolla Altis has significantly improved its Agility, Stability, and Visibility. The driver feels more in control as the lower center of gravity and improved suspension provide less roll and sharper vehicle response. Visibility is better due to the reduced cowl height, thinner instrument panel, and repositioned mirrors. Both the driver and passengers feel at ease all throughout the ride with improved sound insulation that provides quiet cabin and comfortable ride. Staying true to TNGA’s pillars – Core Strength and Emphasized Personality, the vehicle’s overall drive quality and appeal is elevated in pursuit of making “Ever-Better Cars”.
Safety and peace of mind
The All-New Corolla Altis provides reassuring sense of security with safety features incorporated in the overall development of the vehicle.
All variants are equipped with 7 SRS airbags, Anti-Lock Brake System with Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Vehicle Stability Control, Hill Start Assist, and 3-point Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR) seatbelts for the driver and all passengers.
The high-strength frame of the vehicle adopts a body structure that is designed to absorb impact and disperse the collision energy to minimize cabin deformation in the event of a collision. Structure of the engine hood and cowl louver has also been developed to reduce impact energy to a pedestrian in the unlikely event of a collision.
The 1.8V HV is the second variant in the TMP’s official lineup to feature Toyota Safety Sense (TSS). While some available features were already introduced in the Hiace Super Grandia Elite, such as the Pre-Collision System (PCS), Lane Departure Alert (LDA), and Automatic High Beam (AHB), several new features are introduced in the All-New Corolla Altis 1.8V HV, such as the Lane Tracing Assist (LTA) and the Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC).
Lane Tracing Assist (LTA) – helps keep the vehicle centered while using Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC). This function applies force on the steering to assist the driver in avoiding lane departure.
Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) – when driving at cruise control, the vehicle drives at constant preset speed and will adjust within the set cruise speed upon detection of another vehicle in front to maintain appropriate distance.
Full speed range following function enables the vehicle to decelerate to 0km/h when the vehicle in front comes to a full stop. This is a variation of the Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC) which is included in the Hiace Super Grandia Elite.
Prestigious design, interiors
The prestigious look starts with the signature Toyota trapezoidal lower grille that shows off the strong and wide stance of the All-New Corolla Altis. Above it is the Toyota emblem, centered at one sharp character line formed by the upper grille and headlamps.
The 1.8 V HV and 1.6V CVT variants give off an even more striking impression with the defined bi-beam LED headlamps and LED line guide DRL. The vehicle’s side view silhouette has a dynamic and active look, further emphasizing the low center-of-gravity with the voluminous front and rear bumpers. Sleek defined lines are consistent up to the rear, with full LED rear combination lamps that complement the striking look of the headlamps. 17” alloy wheels (for 1.8 V HV and 1.6V CVT) add sportiness to the overall look of the vehicle.
Consistent with the sleek exterior, the interior adopts a minimalistic design that gives off a sophisticated and classy atmosphere. The simple and spacious cabin doesn’t compromise functionality and guarantees driver and passenger comfort, making the All-New Corolla Altis drive experience truly exquisite.
Improved ride experience, performance
The regular variants of the All-New Corolla Altis are powered by a Dual VVT-I, 4-Cylinder In-Line DOHC, 16 Valve engine which ensures smooth acceleration, minimal noise, and better fuel efficiency. Displacement is at 1,598cc, with 121hp maximum output, and 153Nm maximum torque @5,200 rpm.
All variants have MacPherson Strut/Double Wishbone Type suspension, providing excellent handling and a more stable and comfortable ride.