Toyota Malaysia launches new Corolla Altis

For starters, you can get the entry level version priced at RM105,990 which is the 1.6E model. A step higher would be the 1.8G model priced at RM122,990 while the top of the range 2.0V version cost RM131,990. Gone are the ZZ engines in the previous model and now the new Altis is now fitted with the ZR series.

Under the hood, you get the more powerful engine while Toyota has claimed that fuel economy is better as well. This means you get the 16 valves, twin cam engines with Toyota’s Dual VVT-I system too. On the entry level model, the 1.6 liter engine boost out 118 horsepower with 154 Nm. The 1.8-litre version gets you up to 138 horses and 173 Nm and on the top range 2.0-litre model you will get up to 145 horses. A variable intake manifold system which is designed to optimize the power and torque of the engine called the ACIS (Acoustic Control Induction System) is fitted in both the 1.8 and 2.0 liter versions.

The 1.6 version is paired with a 4 speed automatic transmission gearbox while on the other 2 more powerful versions, you will get the Super CVT-i transmission gearbox. Other new fittings they put into the ZZ engines are like the diagonal squish combustion chamber, the shell type exhaust manifold and a roller rocker arm for the valve mechanism. Well, if that is not nice enough, if you go for the 2.0 liter model, it comes with a nice looking 3 spook D steering wheel that comes with paddle shifters. That’s a nice touch really.

According to Kuah Kock Heng, the President of UMW, they are confident that the new Altis will perform well where they are targeting to roll out 800 units monthly. Speaking at the launch, he said that to date, they have already received more than 300 bookings for the new model prior to the launch. From 2008, when the 10th generation of the Corolla Altis was launched, they have already sold more than 14,500 units of this model in the country.