Toyota Altis 2008 new altis
TMT (Toyota Motors Thailand) has finally launched the new 2008 Altis in Thailand. The car was officially launched on 30/1/08, with launch "parties" going on at virtually every Toyota dealership. Today I test drove the car and would like to share my views with you. So, here it is:
What about the engines Toyota Altis 2008 new altis ?
Ah, yes. The first point has to be about the engines. I'm going to cut straight to it here: they are the old engines. Yes, seemingly TMT find no reason to deliver the new Dual VVT-i engines employed in the Japanese and American markets. So, the new Altis has an ageing engine line-up, but apart from that, and the exterior door handles that seem to be taken straight off the Vios, the rest of it looks mostly new.
The 1.6 litre 3ZZ-FE and the 1.8 litre 1ZZ-FE units have power output of 109 hp and 132 hp respectively, both achieving this peek at 6,000 RPM. Both units now support E20, although this is not reflected in the pricing the way I'd hoped. For example the base model 1.6 J MT is now THB 709,000 which is THB 4,000 more than the outgoing model at THB 705,000! Considering that Toyota are enjoying a 5% tax reduction from the E20 support, it seems strange that the price needs to go up! But things improve as you move up the range, and the price tops out at THB 969,000 for the range topping 1.8 G.