Toyota Corolla Altis Aero edition has been launched at Rs 11.97 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). ECARDLR gets behind the wheel to find whether it has got what it takes to become the leader.
The legendary reputation of Toyota Corolla is its biggest strength. However that makes it difficult for the new version faces with herculean challenge of taking The Legacy forward. To commemorate a decade of corolla's name plate in the business, company has launched special edition of this premium sedan. Called Corolla Altis Aero, variant is based upon existing J grade of the car and is priced at Rs 11.47 lakh (ex-showroom). The challenge before this special edition is not only to live upto the expectation of the customers but also provide the necessary boost in the sales which Corolla is witnessing in the market. And it is not only disturb it is suffering as its segment Rivals also feeling The Heat of customer apathy. Premium Sedan segment in the Indian automobile industry is passing through a rough patch and growing influence of mid-size saloons in one of the main reasons behind it. Toyota however thinks that addition of limited variant good health the Corolla to get back in the game and establish its superiority over The Other contenders. So, whether it will be able to do that or not; we find out in this road test review.
Design, Style & Interiors
What makes this aero addition truly a limited variant is the fact that only 500 units of this car will be made and available for the purchase. Car comes with both internal and external changes and although these changes are not very prominent, still one can easily differentiate between this special edition and standard Corolla Altis. From the external standpoint, Aero edition comes with new spoilers, both at front and rear. Smoked headlamps look classy and along with sophisticated grille, lets the cars a very unique visual appeal. Ridge on the bonnet is also very perceptible and feels in line with the contemporary design elements. No change been made to the profile of the car anterior section also looks similar to the ordinary model.
n the outside, new Ertiga does look refreshing and bracing. New chrome layer grille flanked by sweeping headlamps casts good impression. Sculpted bumper and bezel fog lamps further reinforce the new turnout of the MPV.
Inside the cabin, the layout is similar to standard model and so is the space scheme. The only difference between the aero and standard Corolla Altis is the dual-tone seat in former that comes with Aero logo. Space and airy feel of the cabin is intact and that is really good news.
Engine, Transmission & Dynamics
Aero limited edition is based upon 1.8-litre J variant. The model displaces similar capacity and power output too remains similar to ordinary model. This means, one gets very refined, rev-happy petrol motor that is although not benchmark on fuel efficiency certainly set the heart racing. The biggest draw of the engine is its high low-end torque availability. Thanks to the use of dual VVT-i that employs separate valve timing for intake and exhaust valve-operation, raises the game for this Toyota. Power and torque output stand at 140 PS and 173 Nm respectively. The engine is mated with 6-speed manual and CVT automatic transmission. Both units are efficient and offer class-leading shifting precision. And handling is precise too as despite of large footprints, Altis aero toes to its line. It may not be Chevrolet Cruze but then neither it is Hyundai Elantra. Corolla strikes a perfect balance between ride and handling which results in very involving drive. Steering feels very light and even give back a good lot of feedback. Braking is via disc upfront and drums at the rear. Bite is good and car dead-stop.
Priced at Rs 11.47 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi), Corolla Altis Aero offers decent value for money. It looks good, has nicely crafted interiors, comes with highly reliable engine and offers fine balance between ride and handling. Overall, like other Toyota cars, Corolla Altis Aero ticks the right boxes.
Style & Substance 4/5 Ride & Handling 3.5/5
Interiors & Ergonomics: 3.5/5 Safety & Equipment 3.5/5
Power-Plant & Transmission 4/5 Fuel Efficiency 3.5/5
Value for Money 4/5
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