Maruti’s version of the Corolla Altis rendered, will look quite different from Toyota.
As part of the Toyota-Suzuki cross supply partnership, Suzuki will supply the Baleno premium hatchback and the Brezza compact SUV to Toyota while the latter will supply the Corolla Altis sedan to Maruti. This is indeed a beneficial situation for both the carmakers. You see Maruti does not have a premium product above the Ciaz or S-Cross and Toyota does not have a premium hatchback and a compact SUV in its portfolio.
Both the carmakers will not just slap their badges on the aforementioned vehicles but instead will give them a slightly different looking design i.e. to say, they will be designed keeping in mind the respective manufacturer’s design language. According to sources, the Maruti Corolla Altis, for instance, will get design changes in the form of new headlights, new bumpers and a new grille. Apart from the changes to the exteriors, the interiors too are likely to be spruced up a bit with the addition of the SmartPlay touchscreen infotainment system.
While intricate details about the supply schedule, units to be shared, vehicle specifications and pricing are yet to be revealed, it would be safe to assume that Maruti’s version of the Corolla Altis will use the same 1.8-litre 4-cylinder petrol engine that powers the Toyota Corolla as well. The D-segment sedan also comes powered by a 1.4-litre diesel engine but Maruti is less likely to plonk the oil-burner in its sedan. However, it is possible that the Swift-maker could also offer the Corolla Altis in a petrol-electric hybrid model.
The Maruti Corolla Altis is likely to be sold via the NEXA channel and is expected to be launched in India in the second half of 2019.
Maruti Corolla Altis Rendering
– Maruti Corolla Altis rendered by MotorBeam
– Executive sedan to get changes to the front and slightly to the interiors
– Likely to employ the same 1.8-litre petrol motor