The updated, 2017 Toyota Corolla Altis has been unveiled in Russia. Essentially a mid-cycle refresh, a significant one at that, the Corolla gets a host of changes, both inside and on the outside. Exterior changes revolve around a couple of newly forged full LED headlights underlined with DRL strips, while the new front bumper makes for a protruding jaw line. The aggressive front bumper also comes with chrome inserts and round fog lamps at either ends.
The new bonnet’s contours follow the revised fascia, which also benefits from a new grille that’s mostly a strip of chrome. The sides continue unchanged, apart from a new set of wheels. The rear gets new tail lamps are now LED powered and “faceted” with aerodynamic ridges, while thinner chrome strip bridges them. Toyota has also increased the ground clearance of the Corolla from 135 mm to 150 mm.
The interiors get a new dashboard design, along with new trim materials that are claimed to be softer and more pleasant to the touch. The dashboard now features round air vents on both ends, apart from full-length inserts which depend on the trim level. The centre console now hosts a Toyota Touch 2 infotainment system with navigation and a 7-inch touchscreen, while the updated instrument cluster now features a 4.2 inch MID display between its dials.
Other new features include cruise control, automatic headlamps, a keyless entry system, a heated steering wheel, leather upholstery and a security pack that includes a marking control system, lane departure alert (LDA), automatic high beam (AHB), as well as a radar based pre-collision system (PCS) with Auto Brake. The rear seat gets a folding armrest with cup holders designed for a large mug of coffee or 500-ml bottles. In addition, the rear also gets a 12-volt outlet, a compartment for small items in place of air ducts and pockets on the front seat backrests. Boot space remains the same at 452 liters.
Toyota will reveal the engine options of the new Corolla closer to its launch this summer. They claim refinements have been made to the ride quality, electric power steering, and noise insulation in the cabin. In India, the Corolla Altis is currently offered with a 1.8 litre petrol and a 1.4-litre diesel engine, with the former available with an optional 7 CVT. It is expected that the new engines will merely be more refined and efficient versions of the existing ones, apart from being a smidgen more powerful.
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