Toyota Kirloskar Motors (TKM) wants to re-position its best selling D-segment sedan in India by launching cheaper and more affordable Automatic variant of Corolla Altis. For past few months TKM is coming with slew of launches to keep up with the market demand. In January, they launched refreshed version of their flagship product Innova and top selling SUV Fortuner. Without stopping there TKM refreshed the interiors of Etios twins which was launched less than a year back. Added to this, they brought in their global models Prius and LC200 to India. This move clearly tells us that TKM is very serious about Indian market and they are expanding in rapid pace. They are also mulling to bring Lexus to India.
The petrol engined 2012 Corolla Altis now gets a new stripped down automatic variant. The new automatic variant of the Corolla Altis is called the G-HV AT variant and the seven speed automatic gearbox is mated to the tried and tested 1.8 liter petrol engine which features dual variable valve timing.
Toyota made a quit launch of this variant into the market without even a press release. The biggest surprise of this G-HV automatic variant of the Corolla Altis is its 1.25 L cheaper than the top end V automatic variant. This makes the Corolla Altis the cheapest automatic sedan in the D-segment space, making the hot selling car even more desirable. The Corolla Altis G-HV Automatic variant is priced at INR 13.76 lakhs ex-showroom Delhi.
A high level of quality, bomb proof reliability, Q-promise and low maintenance costs have been the traditional strengths of the Corolla Altis, catapulting the car into becoming a best seller in car markets across the world. While the Corolla Altis G-HV automatic variant still retains the touchscreen DVD console along with Bluetooth connectivity, here is the complete list of features that have been dumped on the cut price variant, to arrive at the much cheaper price tag,
- Electric seats deleted
- Leather upholstery replaced by fabric seats
- Xenons with headlamp washers replaced by normal headlamps
- Retractable rear sun shade deleted
- Start/stop button deleted
- Keyless entry retained without smart entry
- Full leather wrapped steering retained without wood wrap
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