June 13, 2016 By C! Magazine Staff

Toyota sheds light on the 2017 Corolla Altis

Refreshed bits include exterior and interior changes

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Shortly after its reveal to the European market as a 2016 model, Toyota reveals new details regarding a refreshed Corolla Altis which is set to make its debut in Turkey by the end of June. The C-segment sedan, now billed as a 2017 model, receives a plethora of exterior and interior tweaks to keep the vehicle up to date.

The exterior’s revision now follows the company’s ‘Keen Look’ and ‘Under Priority’ design philosophy, which perhaps explains the exterior’s orientation towards looking discreet. The front fascia of the new Corolla sees itself take after the recently refreshed RAV-4’s design, with its headlamps, grill, and front bumper bearing a similar look to the SUV. Unlike the rest of the body, the front end seems to retain an aggressive look just like the earlier model.

The sides and rear bear very minimal changes. A closer look however reveals new alloy wheels, a thinner rear chrome strip, and revised LED tail lights find themselves in the refreshed Corolla.

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The interior contains a bunch of tiny changes that come together to give a new look. The biggest change can be found dead center on the dashboard in the form of Toyota’s Touch 2 Infotainment system with its own new housing. The center console and climate control has also been slightly tweaked to look more presentable. The driver and passenger aircon vents have also become circular instead of rectangular as in the older model. Lastly, the gear lever sees a redesign as well.

According to Toyota, riding comfort has been improved by way of softer springs and dampers as well as better cabin insulation to reduce outside noise. The electric power steering has also been tweaked to provide better feedback.

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While there is no word on available powerplants, the current Corolla Altis is available with two Dual VVT-i engines; a 1.6 Liter inline-four and a 2.0 Liter inline-four. The former puts out 120 HP and 113 lb/ft of torque while the latter doles out 143 HP and 138 lb/ft of torque. The 1.6L can be mated to either a 6-speed manual or a 7-speed CVT while the 2.0L is exclusively mated to a CVT.

The 2017 Corolla Altis is expected to arrive in the country by the end of the year.

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