Toyota Kirloskar Motors has just launched the diesel version of Corolla Altis today at a price of Rs 10.95 Lakh, ex-showroom, Delhi. The car will be available in three variants D4DJ, D4DG and D4DGL. The top end model would cost Rs 13.75 Lakh.
The Altis earlier came with a petrol engine and Toyota hopes to corner a higher share of this fast-growing segment with the diesel version. The petrol Altis is currently available between Rs 10 Lakh and Rs 14 Lakh in Delhi (ex-showroom price).
The changes in the new model are mainly limited to the engine and the exterior remains more or less the same. The Altis diesel is powered by a 1.4 litre common rail diesel engine capable of producing 87.19 bhp and a torque of 205 Nm. The Corolla Altis Diesel comes in three manual transmission grades D-4D J, D-4D G and D-4D GL.
While the power specs might not sound very exciting the fuel efficiency figures certainly make for a heavier wallet. Toyota claims the fuel efficiency to be 21.4 kmpl as per ARAI (Automotive Research Association of India) conditions. This is one of the best figures in the diesel segment.
Bookings for the diesel Altis would start immediately. The company has set a sales target of 800 units per month. The premium sedan market that ranges between Rs 10 Lakh and Rs 15 Lakh has models like Honda Civic, Chevrolet Cruze, Skoda Laura and Volkswagen Jetta.
Speaking at the launch, Mr. Nakagawa (MD, TKM) said, “The Corolla DNA that has been handed down for 40 years is now in its 10th Generation with over 35 million happy customers worldwide. The car made its debut in India in 2003, and now has more than 60,000 satisfied owners in the country. As part of our long-term commitment to bring the best of Toyota’s technology to India, we are very proud to introduce the Corolla Altis Diesel. The Corolla Altis Diesel has Toyota’s proven D-4D technology, and I am happy to say will have the best fuel efficiency in its segment.”