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Toyota ushers in hybrid era, unveils new Corolla Altis

A new hybrid era was ushered in early this week as Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) announced the full model change of its longest-running model. The September 9 launch of the All-New Corolla Altis marked another milestone in TMP history as the model is the first in its lineup to feature three of Toyota’s latest technologies in one variant.

The All-New Corolla Altis lineup is headlined by a hybrid electric variant, marking the first time that the Toyota Hybrid technology is made available in a mainstream, high-volume model. The 12th generation of the Corolla Altis has been redesigned with Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) and Toyota Safety Sense (TSS), which help transport users safely and with efficiency—all while maintaining the fun of driving.


Hybrid technology made accessible

Environment-friendly technology is now more accessible with the all-new Corolla Altis 1.8V HV variant. Priced at 1,580,000, this model is a promising entry point for customers wanting to shift to HEV technology. The 1.8V HV is powered by a 1.8-liter four-cylinder VVT-i gasoline engine and an electric motor that puts out 121hp and 142Nm. Three driving modes are available: Sport, Eco, Normal.

Developed under Toyota New Global Architecture

Developed under the TNGA platform, the all-new Altis improved in agility and stability. The driver feels more in control as the lower center of gravity and improved suspension provide less roll and sharper vehicle response. Visibility is now also better thanks to the reduced cowl height, thinner instrument panel, and repositioned mirrors. The car also boasts improved sound insulation.

Safety assurance

All variants are equipped with 7 SRS airbags, ABS with EBD, vehicle stability control, and hill start assist.

The 1.8V HV is the second variant in the TMP’s official lineup to feature Toyota Safety Sense. While some available features were already introduced in the Hiace Super Grandia Elite, such as the pre-collision system, lane departure alert, and automatic high beam, several new features are introduced in the all-new Altis 1.8V HV:

  • Lane Tracing Assist (LTA) – helps keep the vehicle centered while using Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC). This function applies force on the steering to assist the driver in avoiding lane departure.
  • Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) – when driving at cruise control, the vehicle drives at constant preset speed and will adjust within the set cruise speed upon detection of another vehicle in front to maintain appropriate distance. Full speed range following function enables the vehicle to decelerate to 0km/h when the vehicle in front comes to a full stop. This is a variation of the adaptive cruise control, which is included in the Hiace Super Grandia Elite.

Sleek interior

The new Altis comes with Toyota’s trapezoidal lower grille, showing a wider stance. The 1.8 V HV and 1.6V CVT variants feature a defined bi-beam LED headlamps and LED line guide DRL. Furthermore, 17” alloy wheels (for 1.8 V HV and 1.6V CVT) contribute to the vehicle’s sportier feel.

Inside, there’s a new dashboard and center console with a floating touchscreen on the center dash. There’s also a new three-spoke steering wheel complete with multimedia/cruise control buttons.

All variants come with a touchscreen infotainment system that supports AM/FM radio, aux, USB, Bluetooth, CD/DVD, as well as T-Link for pairing your Android or iOS device.

Available on the top-of-the-line V models are 8-way power-adjustable driver’s seat, electronic parking brake, auto-dimming rearview mirror, leather seats, and a rear sunshade.


The All-New Corolla Altis will be available at all Toyota dealerships nationwide from September 21.

1.8 V HV 1,595,000 White Pearl
1,580,000 Celestite Gray Metallic (NEW)

Attitude Black

Silver Metallic

Red Mica Metallic

1.6 V CVT 1,200,000 White Pearl
1,185,000 Celestite Gray Metallic (NEW)

Attitude Black

Silver Metallic

Red Mica Metallic

1.6 G CVT 1,115,000 Super White

Celestite Gray Metallic (NEW)

Attitude Black

Silver Metallic

Red Mica Metallic

1.6 G MT 1,045,000
1.6 E MT 999,000 Super White

Attitude Black

Silver Metallic

Red Mica Metallic

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