the world’s No.1 sedan and it’s going to be launched in India by the end of May
2014. Yes, the 11th generation Toyota Corolla Altis comes with
several refreshing changes and it drives even better and offers not only cabin comfort
but also more room and improved ride quality.
India correspondents drove the car, both in its diesel as well as petrol
avatars in the tech city of Bengaluru in Karnataka. Though no changes have been
made in the engine and transmissions, the car now offers a whole host of new
and improved features. The 1800cc petrol
version even offers an automatic in the form of a Super CVT-i7 speed
transmission with paddle shift. The Altis now comes with improved rear seat
space and also improved NV value.
the rear as well as the front of the vehicle has undergone subtle design
changes. As for the interior, the rear
seats come with reclining seats, rear
reading lamp and cup holder illumination. The wheel base of the vehicle has
been increased marginally by 100mm resulting in more cabin space and an extra
35 litres of boot space.
top end variants of the car boast of dual front SRS airbags. The car offers ABS
with EBD and brak assist.
petrol version will come in both a 6 speed manual option as well as a super
cvt-i with 7 speed sequential shiftmatic transmission. Variants in petrol will
include 1.8 JS, 1.8G and 1.8V. The diesel car has a D-4D diesel engine with a
displacement of 1364cc. While the diesel showed symtoms of a turbo lag which
disappeared when one accelerated and moved on the higher gears, the petrol was
a rocket on four wheels. Extremely responsive and fast paced, the Corolla Altis
petrol has a great suspension with excellent ride quality and handling.
Photography Mohd. Nasir
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