Toyota Corolla Altis Hybrid: A Step Forward for HybridsBy maigne on February 13th, 2020
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Why is the Toyota Corolla Altis hybrid a step forward?
- Developed under the TNGA philosophy
- Increased accessibility
- Pioneer in sustainable automotive
The desire to move towards more sustainable modes of transportation is not something foreign to the country. Automotive vehicle companies in other parts of the world have been continuously developing innovative car designs, in response to the growing demand in more energy-efficient and less fuel-intensive vehicles. Major car companies like Toyota are exploring the potential of the Philippine market’s receptiveness to a new wave of sustainable vehicles. With the new Toyota Corolla Altis Hybrid, Toyota hopes to usher in a new generation of hybrid vehicles for the everyday Filipino, while maintaining the core of what makes the model so well-loved and trusted throughout the years.
Developed under the TNGA philosophy
TNGA stands for “Toyota New Global Architecture.” Under this philosophy, the beloved car manufacturer introduces its new line of vehicles with overall improvements in performance, design, comfort, and other features.
The Toyota Corolla Altis Hybrid boasts a rough EPA-estimate figure of 52 combined miles per gallon, making this one of the most powerful hybrid vehicles on the market, while at the same time, one of the most fuel-efficient variants. Particularly for the 1.8V HV variation, the total system maximum output of 121 horsepower allows for a smoother and more easy going ride, especially on irregular roads.
Dedicated Corolla Altis car owners have long enjoyed the classic look of earlier models of the vehicle. The soft-edged grill and the cat-like headlights have been a familiar sight on the road for several years. The new Corolla Altis Hybrid, however, offers a sleeker, sharper, and more futuristic look. It features a similar design to that of the higher-end Camry model. Vestiges of the older Corolla Altis vehicles are still able to express themselves in the new hybrid model, while also heralding a new wave of modern flair.
Various new features have been added to the Corolla Altis Hybrid to give car owners the best possible experience that the car manufacturer has to offer. The keyless push “start engine” button offers the driver more convenience on the road. Safety features like the Lane Tracing Assist also allow drivers to feel much safer while driving and switching lanes.
There’s no doubt one of the reasons which makes the Corolla Altis well-loved by dedicated car enthusiasts or the average consumer alike, is its highly-comparable and competitive price point.
The cheapest variant of the model, a 1.6 E MT, comes in at just Php 999,000. Meanwhile, the top of the line 1.8 V HV is priced at Php 1,595,000, which also offers a wide range of innovative safety and comfort features.
Starting with a relatively affordable price point, Toyota’s new line of hybrid vehicles are now made more accessible to the everyday consumer – a feat made possible by the increasing demand for sustainability.
Pioneer in sustainable automotive
Deriving from the word “hybrid”, these types of vehicles are powered by both electrical and fuel energy. The output of the Corolla Altis Hybrid is comparable to the non-hybrid version at 121 horsepower, despite the lower-yield fuel tank. The battery, on the other hand, is charged through a combination of processes involving the engine, and a method called “regenerative braking.”
With a charged battery, drivers are able to experience the EV Mode, albeit in short instances only. Drivers will be notified of this change in energy use, through an indicator on the dashboard.
The new Toyota Corolla Altis Hybrid is the car manufacturer’s latest effort in bringing in demand for sustainable vehicles in the country. With its innovative design and features, the new model is truly a step towards the future in hybrid technology.