Since it has been launched a few years ago, the Toyota Corolla Altis in its current avatar has then been considered as one of the best selling cars in its segment. Concurrently, given the fact that it has also been likened to that of the Skoda Octavia and recently the Hyundai Elantra which is both said to be taking over a large chunk of the midsize sedan market, a significant number of car enthusiasts have regarded the need for the Toyota Corolla Altis to have a mid-life facelift. That said, and probably due to insistent public demand, Toyota dealers across India have confirmed that the updated and facelifted version of the popular sedan has just been launched on March 15.
The New And Updated Toyota Corolla 2017 Altis Facelift
According to reports revealed by Auto Car India, Toyota has allegedly launched the Corolla Altis facelift at a starting price ranging from Rs 15.87 lakh for the base petrol up to Rs 19.91 lakh for the top trim. Interestingly, however, with the updated version, the company's executives has revealed that they have discontinued the old base J trim along with reducing the number of diesel variants from three to two as it was known that it has no top trim diesel car before. In addition, in terms of its interior and equipment, the new Corolla Altis also gets updates by having a revised dashboard with new circular side air-con vents, and the center console featuring new air-con controls.
Furthermore, as per Car And Bike, it was found that the updates to the new version are mainly cosmetic with some added features. Additionally, the new Corolla Altis facelift also features a touchscreen infotainment system is offered as standard on the petrol model but is available as an option on the diesel and it now features MirrorLink connectivity. On the safety front, it was found that five airbags and ABS are also said to be offered as standard on the other petrol trims, while the diesel only gets three airbags across the range.
The New Pricing
Meanwhile, the since April 2016-January 2017, the revised pricing positions the Corolla above its chief rival, the Hyundai Elantra was found to have fallen significantly as compared to the previous year. However, with the new facelift and some updated features, Toyota hopes to arrest this decline and stave off the competition. Ultimately, with the emergence of these segments, experts say that forms of the facelifted Octavia and the return of the Honda Civic will likely be expected.