UMW Toyota Motor (UMWT) has teased imminent arrival of the all-new, 12th-generation Corolla on the official Toyota Malaysia Facebook page, and based on the sole posting, it appears the model will lose the “Altis” moniker that was previously used.
While the name change may be deemed a minor matter (depending on who you ask), the latest Corolla is anything but that. For starters, the latest iteration of the C-segment now rides on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) GA-C platform, and features revised dimensions and an all-new design.
It now 4,640 mm long, 1,780 mm wide and 1,435 mm tall, which makes it 10 mm longer, five mm wider and 45 mm lower than the outgoing sedan; the wheelbase remains unchanged at 2,700 mm.
The sedan has already made its launch debut in Thailand several days earlier, where it is still called the Corolla Altis. In the market, the model wears the same look as the European Corolla Sedan, and the teaser shows we’ll follow suit as well. What remains unknown is the list of engines that will be offered for our Malaysian-spec Corolla.
In Thailand, the model is offered with a choice of two naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol engines – 1ZR-FBE 1.6 litre (125 PS and 156 Nm) and a 2ZR-FBE 1.8 litre (140 PS and 177 Nm); both are linked to a CVT driving the front wheels. There’s also the option of a hybrid powertrain, which utilises a 2ZR-FXE Atkinson-cycle version of the 1.8 litre mill (98 PS and 142 Nm) and is paired to a 72 PS/122 Nm electric motor for a total of 122 PS, along with an e-CVT.
The current 11th-generation Corolla Altis sold here was offered with the 2ZR-FE 1.8 litre (139 PS and 173 Nm) and a 3ZR-FR 2.0 litre NA four-pot unit churning out 145 PS and 187 Nm; both engines came with a CVT. Three variants are offered for the 11th gen – 1.8E (RM120,000), 1.8G (RM123,000) and 2.0V (RM138,000).
We’ll have more information about the new Corolla when the model is officially launched here, but it appears the C-segment sedan market is starting to get really exciting. Mazda (Bermaz) has already laid down the gauntlet with the Mazda 3, and Honda Malaysia is set to reveal the Civic facelift as well. In this three-way race, which one do you fancy the most?
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