Facelifted Dual VVTi Toyota Corolla Altis tested at Sepang!

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The Toyota Corolla Altis has had its facelift, and the C-segment stalwart is soon to Malaysia, as those who our post last week have known. UMW Toyota is accepting bookings, and we now know the Altis will be officially on the 23rd of September, which is three weeks from

Toyota Motor Asia had a regional test drive at Sepang International Circuit and we were there to sample the that has more than skin deep improvements. will get what our neighbours get the ZR of engines with Dual paired to a CVT gearbox that has virtual ratios.

Continue the report after the jump.

drivetrains will be available for our a 1.6-litre (120 PS/154 Nm) auto, a 1.8-litre (140 Nm) with a Super CVT-i and a 2.0-litre (147 PS/187 Nm) to the CVT. All three engines to the ZR series and have four 16 valves, twin overhead and Dual VVT-i, the latter on intake and exhaust. The 1.8 and 2.0 have Control Induction System which is essentially a variable manifold system that to optimise power/torque at low/high

Thailand, which produces the for our region, has a low spec model as Bangkok taxis) pairing the 1.6-litre engine to a six-speed gearbox, but we re not getting the stick model here as expected. A UMW personnel explained that a version of this particular in this segment, would be poorly received. He should be but this BKK cab spec does quite interesting nonetheless.

Only Sepang s North was open to us, and we were to drive a pace car, but it was nice we got to sample the outgoing model as That was the car I started with, and two in the 1.8G made me realise the much maligned Altis is unfairly criticised. It may be poor on but it s not so dynamically inept as some proclaimed enthusiasts say it is.

Like the unpopular (among car lovers) the outgoing Altis has only forward gears, but it makes good use of them. Response is gearbox works unobtrusively, spread and pick up is good, and the car has a turn of speed. In the bends, the leans significantly and the leather of our Thai test car were slippery, but if you look beyond actual grip is decent and the car accurately while body wasn t too sloppy on the slalom.

Of there are classmates that are driver s cars and provide sensation, but the regular family man be very well served by car, and I reckon that owners are generally happy their ride, no matter others may say.

Out from the old and into the new, so I got the range topping new 2.0V and eased off. While it s there s no super silent feel like in the Nissan which hides away traces so well that you glide away like a carpet. Here s it s all very feeling, which is good for people.

Bear in mind normal for the Altis means rolling refinement than in the Lancer and the Honda Civic.

I the first lap without using the paddles or manual mode, and flooring the throttle revealed a Unlike every other CVT car we re with, this Super feels A LOT like a normal converter automatic.

Instead of the tacho sweeps ahead a few seconds headstart before catches up routine, the progress of and speed is more synchronised And at 6,000 rpm or so (below the red zone), the needle falls down rising again. This was a few times with my right fully depressed on the gas pedal, a normal auto.

Puzzled, I looked for Michihiko Chief Engineer for the Altis, who a few nods and a smile, explained my findings were a deliberate by Toyota to emulate a torque auto box. He said many people aren t accustomed to how a CVT works and Toyota Super CVT-i to feel as as possible.

Getting back to the 2.0V, I drove harder on the lap. The shift paddles are on the steering itself (not the and flapping them got us fast in manual mode. If memory right, the shift action is than in the Lancer.

The small and flat bottomed steering was to hold (I don t like too thick and it felt more alert and compared to the old car (EPS software was for more direct steering ) but more sensation through the rim be very welcome.

As before, roll resistance isn t the best in and you re sure to feel the weight in successive direction changes but s not surprising for the Altis. I didn t the VSC on track though; it intervenes early (beep and light) and I would have also the seats to go lower and have support, although we re quite not many owners will this an issue.

We were also taken on a ride by the event s Japanese who is also a racer. In his hands, the was manhandled around bends abandon, despite VSC making of noise. Body rolling and screeching, the short lap showed a sober car such as the Altis can limits that are above many drivers venture to.

The man giggled a few times behind the I m sure it was because of doing his in an unlikely car/venue rather the Altis super entertaining but it s good to know that the car has reserves when we need it.

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2.0V has an all black interior, is quite suave and classy the tasteful wood trim, is dark in hue and matte in finish), but bound top spec cars come with beige which does make the feel more airy and The all black scheme is rather with the high spec car in my since it looks quite outside with a black and smoked headlamps.

Like the this Altis sports an X design on the front fascia for a and more aggressive look. The may be subtle, but they all add up to successfully up the car s ageing design. The white you see here has a bodykit that won t be for Malaysia, although I bet it ll be coming or later.

Changes at the back include new and a longer chrome strip the number plate. I really the new 3D design of the five-spoke 16-inch

After the 2.0-litre, the 1.8 didn t much slower or less in the two laps we had. To be honest, I not have known the difference if the looked the same; perhaps a drive would reveal the s advantage. One sure advantage all have over their is fuel economy the new 1.8 is 15% more while the 1.6 and 2.0 should be 10% less than older engines, to Sato-san.

All else remains the including the platform, chassis, and interior room. On the latter, I enjoy sitting in the rear of the when stuck in Bangkok s jams; while legroom is far class leading, the seats are set and you sit with legs properly like on the dinner table lack of a better example). fit and finish remains exemplary the dash and door caps are in touch plastics.

Click to Malaysian Corolla Altis sheet

The final product we get may not be like the Thai spec car you see as there is some give and in terms of equipment. As mentioned, the and rear spoiler will be in our top spec car, as will entry, auto lights and rear window blind and AUX However, our 2.0V model get HID headlamps, a full sized spare, and front/rear parking (as opposed to rear only).


Malaysia will get a beige across the board, while top Thai cars come a dark cabin.

Indicative are RM105,990 for the 1.6E, RM112,990 for the RM122,990 for the 1.8G and RM131,990 for the

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