Upgrades have come in for the 2023 Toyota Corolla Altis in Thailand, spanning interior and exterior quality of life updates that also hint of things to come for the Malaysian-spec car.
On the outside, the Thai-market Corolla gains a different mesh grille pattern, although the car's fascia largely remains the same. Along the sides, there's fresh designs for the 17-inch wheels the higher-spec variants wear.
It also finally adds keyless entry support to the front passenger side.
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The cabin generally remains familiar, save for the 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster that replaces the old 7-inch screen in between two analogue dials of the old car. Connectivity has also been given a boost, with the 9-inch infotainment screen now supporting wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, in addition to 4 USB-C and 1 USB-A ports peppered within.
On the performance front it's all equal to the pre-update model: that's to say a 1.8-litre Dual-VVTi engine that produces 140 PS and 177 Nm, paired to a Super CVT-i automatic transmission, or a 1.8-litre hybrid that makes a combined 122 PS.
Crucially, the multi-link rear suspension stays for the Thai-market car. Some readers would remember that the Altis update in certain markets traded the setup for a simpler torsion beam array.
Prices see a small increase across the board. The Corolla Altis now range from THB 894,000 (~RM 117k) to THB 1,129,000 (~RM 148k), a circa 2% increase from prior.
Closer to home in Malaysia, the 2023 Toyota Corolla Altis is also due for an update, as evident from the new estimated price list on UMW Toyota Motor's site. The full breadth of upgrades aren't disclosed just yet, though we know that a GR Sport kit is part of that list.
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