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The All-New Toyota Corolla Altis Now Comes With a Hybrid Engine

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The Toyota Corolla Altis is one of the world’s best-selling vehicle models ever. Over 46 million units have gone out into the world since it was first launched in 1966.

In the Philippines, there have been over 220,000 Corolla owners since it was introduced here in 1989. Remarkably, it is still selling. You probably know someone who owns a Corolla. Or that someone could be you.

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On Monday, September 9, Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) unveiled the latest iteration of the brand’s popular model. The new Toyota Corolla Altis is significant for two reasons: it’s the 12th generation Corolla, and, for the first time ever, it's being offered with a hybrid version—the first time Toyota (or any of the other big-name car brands) is making a hybrid model available in a mass-market model.

This is a pretty big deal. Even TMP President Satoru Suzuki in his speech said that it’s the first time a model completely embodies the Toyota philosophy of “ever better cars.”

The lineup of the latest version of the Corolla Altis is led by the 1.8V HV variant (P1.58 million), which is powered by a VVT-I, 4-Cylinder In-Line DOHC, 16 Valve engine with 1,798cc displacement and electric motor, 121hp total system maximum output, and 142Nm maximum torque at 3,600 rpm. 

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This version of the Corolla Altis is the first to be developed under Toyota’s New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform, which essentially means improved everything, including agility, satbility and visibility. The carmaker promises better control for the driver because of a lower center of gravity, improved suspension, and sharper vehicle response.

Occupants can also see better because of reduced cowl height, thinner instrument panel, and repositioned mirrors.

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Safety features include even SRS airbags, Anti-Lock Brake System with Electronic Brake Force, Distribution, Vehicle Stability Control, Hill Start Assist, and three-point Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR) seatbelts for the driver and all passengers.

The 1.8V HV Corolla Altis is also the second variant in the TMP’s official lineup to feature Toyota Safety Sense (TSS), with features such as Pre-Collision System (PCS), Lane Departure Alert (LDA), and Automatic High Beam (AHB), as well as newer ones like Lane Tracing Assist (LTA, which keeps drivers in lane along highways), and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC).

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The interior also gets major upgrades, including leather not just on the seats but on the dashboard as well (there is fabric option on the seats as well). There’s a touchscreen multimedia display, too.

Regular (a.k.a. non-hybrid) variants of the new Corolla Altis are powered by a Dual VVT-I, 4-Cylinder In-Line DOHC, 16 Valve engine, ensuring smooth acceleration, minimal noise, and better fuel efficiency.

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The new Toyota Corolla Altis starts at P999,000 for the 1.6 E MT; P1.045 million for the 1.6 G MT;  P1.115 million for the 1.6 G CVT, P1.185 million for the 1.6 V CVT and, finally, P1.580 million for the 1.8 V HV, which is still pretty affordable for a mass-market hybrid car.

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