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SPYSHOTS: Getting Up Close With The Toyota Corolla Altis Hybrid

Daniel Wong May 21, 2015 11:28

Pictures of what appears to be the Toyota Corolla Altis Hybrid has surfaced online on the Altis Club Malaysia Facebook page. Very little details are known at this point of where the picture was taken, but it does reveal plenty about what to expect from the Corolla Altis Hybrid. 

From the images we can see that the Altis Hybrid will sport a more sophisticated styling with a bank of small lighting elements housed in the new front headlights, and a more elegant looking rear taillight arrangement.

Contrary to earlier reports from the Chinese media that the Altis Hybrid will use the 1.5-litre hybrid unit, the pictures reveal a 1.8-litre 4-cylinder Hybrid Synergy Drive powertrain lifted from the current-generation Prius and European-market Auris Hybrid, though it is uncertain about what battery pack this particular Altis will use to power the electric motor.

Similar to the Camry Hybrid, the Altis’ conventional instrument cluster has been switched to the hybrid instrument cluster, which features a dial that shows status of the hybrid powertrain instead of a rev-counter.

If you are interested in what basically is a sedan version of the Auris Hybrid, don’t get your hopes up just yet. To the best of our knowledge this particular Altis Hybrid will most likely be sold in China, and as far as we know it is highly unlikely that this model will appear in the South East Asian market. 

About Daniel Wong

Born with a sizable cranium that is only humbled by Rubens Barrichello's, Daniel doesn't care much for numbers or figures but the immediate sensations and experiences one gets from a drive. To him a measure of a good car is one that does what it was set out to do well. A great car is one that draws a smile on your face with a quality that isn't quantifiable and keeps it there.


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