Toyota Corolla Altis 2020 set for August Debut in Thailand | Is the Philippines Next?

July 25, 2019
Toyota Corolla Altis 2020
Toyota Corolla Altis 2020

The Toyota Corolla Altis 2020 is one of the Brand's biggest models and most anticipated by Filipino Car Fans. Find out more about the possible model they'll be releasing locally!

For decades, Toyota has relied on the Toyota Corolla to carry its brand name in the Philippines. Filipino families have responded well to the model that it has become one of the most recognizable marques in the Philippines and the entire automotive history. The current generation Corolla Altis has been in the country since 2014 and has proven to be a winner for Toyota.

Unfortunately, even after just 5 years, people have seemingly forgotten about the model no thanks in part to Honda’s ground-breaking Honda Civic, its natural rival, releasing their all-new model right in the middle of the Altis' life cycle. More than the Toyota Supra, the Altis arguably holds a bigger sense of importance for Toyota Philippines.

Toyota Corolla Altis 2020 US version
You're way off if you were expecting the funky US Version

A few months ago, the all-new Toyota Corolla Altis was introduced in Taiwan. If you’re expecting the funky design based on the US version of the Corolla, you might be way off. The model introduced in Taiwan is based on the Euro version. The Euro Design is nothing to sneeze at and shares the same design language as the Toyota Camry, currently available in our shores.

Evidence suggests that the local release for the Corolla Altis draws closer as the model is set or release in neighboring ASEAN country Thailand next month. The same model introduced in Taiwan will be released, thus confirming that the Corolla Altis arriving in our shores soon will be the Euro version. Even more, clues suggest an imminent release as recently, there has been an increase in the Toyota Philippines price list  for all of their models, except for the Toyota Corolla Altis.

Rear view of the Toyota Corolla Altis 2020 on the road
The all-new Toyota Corolla Altis will be based on the new GAC platform

According to Philkotse.com  - the leading online source of news about the automotive industry in the Philippines, the all-new Toyota Corolla Altis will be based on the new GAC platform in accordance to Toyota’s New Global Architecture (TNGA). There are potentially 3 engine options that will be available.

First is the 1.6 liter 1ZR-FAE Dual VVTi engine that pumps out 132 hp and 160 Nm of torque, available in both the 6-speed manual transmission and the Toyota E-CVT. The Altis is also available with the 1.8 liter 2ZR-FE creating 140 hp and 172 Nm of torque and only available with Toyota’s new Super-CVT.

Toyota Corolla Altis 2020 front profile
The 2-liter Dynamic Force engine's availability is unlikely

What can potentially be a first for the Toyota Corolla Altis  in the Philippines is the availability for a Hybrid option. Designated as the 2ZR-FXE utilizes a 1.8-liter petrol engine that makes 122 hp and 142 Nm to an electric motor assisting propulsion with 71 hp and 163 Nm of torque.

It doesn’t seem very likely that we would still be getting the 2-liter Dynamic Force engine for the Altis as it is a US Market exclusive. If plans for the hybrid power train to be made available here pushes through, the Toyota Corolla Altis would be the only compact car from a Japanese marque to have the option.

Whilst Honda goes for a smaller displacement and turbocharger for its top of the line model, and Mazda going for increased compression in their newest SKYACTIVE engine, we’re glad to see that Toyota is making a step in the right direction for the advancement and proliferation of hybrid and alternative fuel use in the Philippines.

Aside from the all-new Altis, Philkotse.com also suggests ten other upcoming cars to arrive in our shores in 2020, including the Nissan Leaf EV, Mitsubishi Montero Sport, Honda Accord, and Ford Everest "Raptor", to name but a few.

Toyoto Corolla Altis 2020 Interior
The model introduced in Taiwan is based on the Euro version

Are you loving the new design for the all-new Toyota Corolla Altis? Would you rather have the US version of the Corolla or are you glad that they tried to keep the design to a more subdued and classy look? Stay tuned for all the latest car news in the Philippines!