One of the most famous Japanese car manufacturer, Toyota Motor Corporation launched Corolla Altis name as the second generation Altis which is now at once became the 10th Generation Corolla since the foundation of its concept in 1966.
Corolla Altis led the design of the exterior and interior are more alluring than previous generations, as new measures to fight against its greatest competitor, Honda Civic FD.
The 10th generation of the Corolla was first introduced in Japan in 2006 with the Axio name was also sold in Australia, New Zealand, Europe, and South Africa in 2007 and the rest is marketed to several countries in Asia and North America in 2008.
The international, wide-body version of the E140 Corolla was released from late 2006 and is larger in dimensions, while retaining most of the styling found on the Japanese model. This variant, which uses a wider and longer version of the Axio’s platform, has styling similar to that of the Camry’s while keeping the Axio’s interior.
Export models (which are sold outside of Japan) has a larger size and use code E140-chassis. Toyota in Japan released the Corolla E140 E160 to change position in 2012, while other countries besides Japan get rations E160 marketing by 2013.
Toyota Corolla Altis 2nd Generation Exterior
Toyota Corolla Altis 2nd generation carrying the front and lower bonnet with a line that flows seamlessly from front to the back of the design resembles a very curvaceous from the Toyota Camry.
Its having low distance to the ground level and a wider front bonnet giving the aerodynamic impression and adding stability when driving. On the rearview mirror, had pinned a indicator additional turn signal light to add security when overtaking. Then in the rear bumper has also been equipped with a pair of parking sensors.
Switch to the left and right sides, the Corolla Altis gen 2 uses the chrome door handles and rub strip with chrome accent in order to impress a classy touch. When we seen up closely, new Altis is absolutely not carrying its predecessor design, Toyota Corolla Altis 1st generation that is impressed kind of outdated, so this car is capable of performing a fresh exterior side because the fixes at some point as it has been mentioned above.
Toyota Corolla Altis 2nd Generation Interior
Other highlights from this car is more luxurious design and ergonomic interior. The Interior was designed with enough space for legroom and headroom throughout the front passenger to the rear. The colour scheme used is quite attractive, coupled with basic materials plastic interior more qualified than its predecessor. A few cup holder embedded to add more convenience when passengers carrying a drink on the way.
For entertainment, the 10th generation of the family Corolla has embedded Audio 2 Din with the 6 discs changer that is capable of producing crystal clear sounds thanks to the use of six speakers. Specifically for the highest trim or its variants, it get additional features like HID headlights, cruise control and auto dimming inside rearview mirror.
Toyota Corolla Altis 2nd Generation Engine Performance
On its first launch in March 2008, the Altis generation 2 still carry the same engine as its predecessor 1ZZ-FE 1.8 litres VVT-i which is only able to produce a maximum power up to 132 HP on a 6,000 RPM and peak torque of 170 Nm at 4,200 RPM.
Then in December 2008, this outdated engine was replaced with the new engine, 2ZR-FE. It has the same capacity but it was implemented a Dual VVT-i technology. This new engine has a maximum power 136 HP at 6,000 RPM and torque of 174 Nm at 4,400 RPM.
To complete its line in the competition of middle-class sedan market, Toyota has added a version of the 2.0 litres. For those of whom need more powers than 1.8 litres engine, you can choose this version, where the engine coded 3ZR-FE has the capability of producing power up to 152 HP at 5,800 RPM and torque of 203 Nm at 4,000 RPM.
In addition, the VVT-i technology designed to optimise valve timing by regulating the air intake and exhaust timing to send powerful torque while the engine is in low and medium spins. Fuel consumption is also claimed to be more efficient based on the calculation throttle demand by a engine to provide considerable torque during the engine operates.
Impression and Handling Toyota Corolla Altis 2nd Gen
Driving experience is not strength of Altis, where steering system embedded too light. This is beneficial in the city, but the bad effects brought about is when the steering wheel to go wild when the car driven in high speeds on the freeway, you need more dexterity to drive it.
Toyota Corolla Altis 2nd Generation Specifications
- Engine: 1ZZ-FE VVT-i, 2ZR-FE Dual VVT-i and 3ZR-FE Dual VVT-i.
- Configuration: 4 cylinders 16 valves
- Power: 132 HP @ 6,000 RPM (1ZZ), 136 HP @ 6,000 RPM (2ZR), 152 HP @ 5,800 RPM (3ZR).
- Torque: 170 Nm @ 4,200 RPM (1ZZ), 174 Nm @ 4,400 RPM (1ZR) 203 Nm @ 4,000 RPM (3ZR).
- Bore x Stroke (mm): 79 x 91.5 (1ZZ), 80.5 x 88.3 (1ZR), 80.5 × 97.6 mm (3ZR).
- Fuel consumption: 7-10 km/L
- Transmission: 5-speed manual (2008-2010), manual 6-speed (mid 2010 and beyond), 4-speed automatic (2.0 to mid 2010), CVT shift pedal 7 + Acceleration (mid 2010 onwards)
- Suspension: Front independent McPherson strut, rear rigid axle with torsion beam
- Competitors: Honda Civic FD, Mitsubishi Lancer, and the Chevrolet Cruze.
- Sales: 2008-2013
Toyota Corolla Altis 2nd Generation Used / Secondhand Price
The large number of variants of the trim that was presented for each version of the engine makes the Altis generation 2 has a very varied prices. To that end, we strongly recommend that you visit directly to the used car showroom or see a price guidelines offered online.
Toyota Corolla Altis 2nd Generation Pros
- Many variants
- Prices are relatively affordable.
- Spare parts are easy to obtain.
- Interior quality is good.
- Spacious cabin.
- Fair cabin and safety features.
Toyota Corolla Altis 2nd Generation Cons
- The model is too elegant.
- Less suitable for teenagers.
- The dashboard design was not impressed.
- Suspension is too soft.
- Steering is too light.