There have to be many strong reasons behind the Corolla Altis being called the strongest selling oto in the world. Even in India, it has managed khổng lồ hold on lớn it"s throne of being the most popular D segment car.

Bạn đang xem: 2014 Toyota Corolla Altis: First Drive

Credit goes to its efficient engine, cabin features & simple exterior design. It has been 11 years since the car first landed on Indian shores. It ticked all the wishes of a typical premium oto buyer. It was the only car in that segment khổng lồ offer premium luxury và performance without losing on practical approach.

*

With the 2014 Corolla Altis, Toyota is in a mood to regain lost sheen & race ahead of competition. The new Corolla Altis brings in a bold thiết kế with refined features. This one also claims to lớn be an ‘exciting’ offering which has been tweaked in all departments. We try tapping it in our first drive report.

Appearance Exterior

Just as we reviewed the Etios Cross and had formed an opinion about its design, it was the Corolla Altis waiting khổng lồ shatter all that with its modern striking thiết kế lines. We object to lớn the designers going all classy on the premium range while giving its younger siblings a step motherly treatment.

*

Saving the complaints for another day, the 2014 Corolla Altis is definitely a nice looking sedan. It strongly reminds of the new Camry with its bold power lines on the design. We hotline it a ‘nice’ looking sedan because the one sold internationally is a far more attractive và aggressive looking version of Corolla. If only Toyota would have thought of launching it pushing the Fluidic Sculpture behind.

In India, premium doesn’t get complete without a generous dosage of chrome. The radiator grille has been completely garnished with loads of bling but it does not look tacky. It looks better than that on Camry. The triple blade grille enters the headlight also making a T formation. The blade on đứng đầu flows along the grille sweeping back with the headlight design. Fog lamps are placed neatly on the front bumper.

*

The side profile looks stretched with the new design. There have been changes in the dimensions. The new Corolla Altis gets a revised wheelbase. It is larger than the earlier model but then at the same time Toyota has reduced the height of this one khổng lồ make it look more aerodynamic.

The rear tail-lamps have a sleek design & are joined by a chunky chrome bar flowing in between. The boot lid cuts in an edgy semi hexagonal shape và the muscular rear bumpers protrude out. Comparatively, the new Corolla Altis looks way better than the earlier model as this one brings in more character and substance khổng lồ the design.

*

Appearance Interior

They might not have the lines to flaunt and impress but then when it comes to functionality, this one does its job well. It gets everything from leather upholstery, spacious & comfy seats lớn a host of many other features.

Xem thêm: Nâng Cấp Nội Thất Ô Tô Bmw 320I Nội Thất, Trang Bị Tiện Ích Và Động Cơ

*

The seats are extremely comfortable & well cushioned. Only the GL variant gets a 8 way nguồn adjustable driver seat. Seats in both rows are well crafted. The headroom is fantastic even though this one is shorter in height and also due to the increase in length & wheelbase; the rear seats too offer great legroom. It is also the only oto in this segment to lớn have reclining rear seats.

*

On the central console, there is a nice beige touch given to lớn the dashboard. The GL & G variants get 7.0 LCD touch screen while the JS gets a 5.8 LCD touchscreen. It can control various functions lượt thích Bluetooth telephony, navigation system, entertainment as well as accessing vehicle information. Along with offering options lượt thích USB và Aux-in, it has a SD card reader too which can be accessed by tilting the touchscreen.

It gets numerous storage options throughout the cabin. The auto Climate control Ac can be controlled via the unit on the central console. This unit cools the cabin effectively but then absence of rear AC vents is felt too especially under extreme day time climate.

*

Performance Drive

The diesel variant which sells in superb numbers has a comparatively smaller engine than the competition. It has a 1364cc 4 Cylinder CRDi engine. It produces 88PS of nguồn at 3800 rpm và 205Nm from 1800 lớn 2800 rpm. Toyota offers the diesel in a 6 speed manual transmission as standard.

*

The diesel engine feels refined & smoother than before. The gear shifts have also become fairly easier. It does not feel like a small engine especially at higher speeds where the D-4D is at its comfort best. The diesel clatter gets louder once the engine starts revving at a higher rpm but then it can be ignored because of the amazing insulation of the cabin. Power nguồn delivery happens gradually. There is an evident lag at the beginning but then the engine works hard on its way lớn the top.

*

The petrol on the other hand gets my thumbs up. It feels rev friendly and more easy on the throttle. It gets a bigger block 1.8L Dual VVT-I Gasoline engine which produces a nguồn of 140 PS at 6400 rpm & a torque of 173Nm at 4000 rpm. This one gets an optional 7 speed CVT transmission in addition lớn the 6 speed manual box.

*

The CVT transmission unit is really quick when it comes khổng lồ shifts và one also gets shift pedals with the AT unit. The petrol engine gets on the groove really fast and obviously it has 140PS at disposal. The torque ratings aren’t great but then it still doesn’t bother much as the engine keeps revving for a long time on the nguồn band. Even though the dimensions are altered still it handles decently.

The steering wheel lacks precise feedback và can be improved further. At high speeds the vehicle is extremely stable và very well planted on the road. The suspensions which have been tweaked too offer a soft ride. Both the front và rear gets disc brakes and are effective in stopping this one even at great speeds. We shall cover both the cars in detail soon.

*

Tech Specs

Technical Specifications
Make Toyota
Model Corolla Altis
Variant GL
Fuel Petrol Diesel
Engine 1.8L Dual VVT-I Gasoline Engine D-4D CRD Engine
Displacement(cc) 1798 1364
Max nguồn PS

Bài viết liên quan