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Dual VVT-I Toyota Corolla Altis

By SYF77 on 22 Feb 2010

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Toyota added a sportier Toyota Corolla Altis with a 2.0 liter engine to its Corolla Altis line-up in Thailand, Indonesia and the Philippines in mid 2009. According to a report on The Straits Times dated 13 Feb 2010, it looks like this new variant may make its debut in the Singapore market this year, together with a mid life facelift. The 3ZR-FE powerplant features Dual VVT-i (variable valves for both the intake and exhaust).

The 2.0L engine is tuned for different outputs at different markets. For the Thailand market, which is more relevant to us, the dual VVT-I lump pumps out 140HP at 5,600 revs with 189Nm of torque at 4,400 revs.

The beefier Altis also benefit from the addition of steering mounted paddle shifters and revised gear ratios. However, it is a pity that the ancient 4 speed auto transmission is still serving the 2L Altis, where its rightful place should be the museum instead. I am glad that Toyota replaced the chunky 4 spoke steering in the regular Altis with a sportier looking 3 spoke version. However, the paddle shifters are too long and skinny in my opinion and they stick out like sore thumbs.

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I am not sure of how relevant a 2L Altis would be for our market. A buyer looking for a sporty Japanese sedan would probably go for a 2L Civic instead, which is endowed with more adventurous styling. A normal Altis buyer looking for a comfortable 5 seater would probably not care so much about performance. Perhaps, Toyota should consider introducing the 1.6L Dual VVT-I unit for the Asean Altis. This 1.6L powerplant is currently utilised in the European Toyota Auris and produces 124bhp.

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Written by SYF77
I have been a car fanatic since 1989, when my father was changing our family car then to a Toyota Corolla 1.6 GL fitted with a Twin Cam 16 valve engine that was carburetor-fed, a big deal back in those days. The automobile technology and industry fascinates me and I hope to broadcast these interesting developments to everyone out there through this blog.

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Ichibawa Feb 22 2010 11:27 AM
The interior got uglier and I don't quite fancy the steering wheel.
Mugen85 Feb 22 2010 06:16 PM
pathetic 4speed gearbox.
only 140bhp for a 2.0 engine???
Watwheels Feb 23 2010 10:02 AM
Bring on the FT-86 lah. Using the word "sporty" on this car is totally inappropriate. Only unlces and ah peks will rejoice at the sight of fake wood trimmings and the boot.
bellboy Feb 24 2010 10:36 AM
Lets hope the "mid life facelift" does not equate to a "mid life price increase".
HOUSENUMBER Feb 24 2010 10:20 PM
so much for the 'duel-VVTI'
Chuckhumprey Jan 13 2011 03:55 PM
The exterior improved a lot for me but the engine seems to be the same and has not improved a lot. However,it's easy to maintain a Toyota. I've owned almost 4 cars from Toyota and I never had any problems with it maintenance. Car repair costs of Toyota's,Altis in particular is quite cheaper compared to other make.
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