Toyota, one of the largest automakers in the world, has always been referred to highly in India because of the premium cars that they have brought into this country. Though the Indian market has the highest demands for entry-level small cars, Toyota continues with their plans of bringing in premium cars into the country. Success of the company’s cars in India can be appropriately reflected by taking the example of the Toyota Corolla, the premium car that has been serving generations. And now, the car manufacturer is likely to introduce the revamped version of their best-selling sedan in 2012. Launched way back in 1960s, the car has always maintained its position and stood to be the one to garner a substantial growth for Toyota India. Like any other sedans, Toyota Corolla was made available in the petrol variant initially.
However, catching up with the demand for the diesel cars in India, the auto giant has introduced the diesel variant Toyota Corolla Altis some time back. There is another twist here. The auto major has not introduced the diesel engine in the top variant. Why is this, one would wonder. The fear of increasing the Toyota Corolla price further might have curbed the plans of the auto major to introduce a diesel engine in the top variant. This way, the whole price range is wrapped up between the Rs 10.63 lakhs – Rs 15 lakhs with the top and base variant price included.
Refresher – The 1.8 L petrol engine is coupled with a 5 speed automatic gearbox to churn out some impressive figures. The peak power is 138 Bhp and top torque obtained is 173 Nm. Once again, the auto major has been impartial with the diesel variant. The 1.4 L D-4D common rail turbo engine is left to compromise with the 6-speed manual gearbox to pump out the 87 bhp peak power and 250 Nm peak torque. From what we hear, a hybrid version of the sedan is also being contemplated by the company.
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