Toyota has launched the diesel variant of its Corolla sedan in India. The global auto giant, known as Toyota Kirloskar Motors Limited in India announced the launch of the highly anticipated car todayi. The Corolla Altis diesel has been priced at Rs 10.95 lakh for the base variant, Rs 12.73 lakh for the middle variant and Rs 13.75 lakh for the top end variant, ex-showroom, New Delhi. The Corolla Altis diesel is the first diesel saloon car by Toyota in India. Bookings for the car have started immediately, and the company plans to sell about 800 units per month after the launch.
The newly introduced diesel engine on the car is a 1.4-litre D-4D unit. The new engine produces 88.4PS of peak power and around 205Nm of peak torque. While we don’t expect much from this new car in terms of outright performance, the headline news is its incredible fuel efficiency of 21.43kmpl, announced officially by ARAI. The engine of the car is mated to a six-speed manual transmission.
There hardly have been any changes to the diesel variant over its petrol sibling except the relatively sporty mesh grille. Toyota claims to have made some changes to the car’s exterior in a bid to improve aerodynamic efficiency though. The new car will be available in seven colours.
The Corolla brand, like everywhere else in the world has a great fan following in India, and the addition of a diesel option should increase it further. Armed with a diesel mill, the Corolla should be able to take the fight to the likes of the Chevrolet Cruze and the Skoda Laura.
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OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE:
Toyota Launches the Corolla Altis Diesel in India
Optimum balance of performance and economy
- World Class D-4D Common Rail Diesel technology
- First in segment, newly developed 6-speed Manual Transmission
- Best-in class mileage of 21.43kpl as certified by an accredited Testing Agency
- Flat Torque and low NVH
- Competitively prices between Rs.10,95,000 lakhs and Rs.13,75,000 lakhs (Ex-S/R, Delhi)
Delhi, July 21, 2010 – Toyota Kirloskar Motor Pvt. Ltd. (TKM) today announced the launch of the Corolla Altis Diesel in India. The latest offering from TKM has been developed keeping in mind the distinctive requirements of the Indian customer with the basic concept of ‘optimum balance of performance and economy’. India is the first Asian country to get the BSIV Corolla Altis Diesel.
The Corolla Altis is available with a newly developed 1.4L in-line 4-cylinder D-4D Common Rail Diesel Engine that generates a peak power of 88.4 PS and a peak torque of 205 Nm. Toyota’s D-4D technology also used in the Innova, Fortuner, Prado and Land Cruiser 200 has earned a reputation the world-over for its high quality, durability and reliability.
The D-4D engine in the Corolla Altis is complemented by a 6-Speed Manual Transmission – a ‘first-in-segment’ offering – to provide flat torque that would mean lesser gear shifting, leading to better fuel efficiency. The car has registered a best-in-class mileage of 21.43 km/l as certified by a test agency.
The Corolla Altis Diesel gets a differentiating sporty mesh grille, better aerodynamic characteristics, and the lowest NVH and best ground clearance in its segment. The car is available in seven colours – Silver Mica Metallic, Champagne Mica Metallic, Dark Red Mica Metallic, White Pearl Mica, Light Blue Mica Metallic, Super White and Black Mica.
The Corolla Altis Diesel comes in three manual transmission grades D-4D J, D-4D G and D-4D GL with competitive price tags between Rs.10,95,000 lakhs and Rs.13,75,000 lakhs, ex-showroom Delhi. Bookings open today.
Speaking at the launch, Mr. Nakagawa (MD, TKM) said, “The Corolla DNA that has been handed down for 40 years is now in its 10th Generation with over 35 million happy customers worldwide. The car made its debut in India in 2003, and now has more than 60,000 satisfied owners in the country. As part of our long-term commitment to bring the best of Toyota’s technology to India, we are very proud to introduce the Corolla Altis Diesel. The Corolla Altis Diesel has Toyota’s proven D-4D technology, and I am happy to say will have the best fuel efficiency in its segment. ”
Mr. Sandeep Singh (Deputy Managing Director-Marketing, TKM) said, “Apart from the spacious interiors and luxury features of the Corolla Altis, the diesel variant has the best fuel efficiency, lowest NVH and the best ground clearance in its segment. Our target customers are individuals who are business professionals, in the 35 to 45 age group looking for a perfect balance of performance and economy. The launch of the Corolla Altis Diesel has enhanced Toyota’s line-up in India, and we are looking at consolidating our leadership position in the C-segment with a sales target of 10,500 units for the Corolla Altis in 2010.”