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Toyota's new Corolla Altis gets a fresh makeover in design. Can it feel any special in range-topping form?

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Despite being a major player in the Thai market, Toyota is not always consistent when it comes to forwarding new technologies into their mainstream passenger cars. 

Take its B-segment Vios saloon as an example. For years, Toyota has persisted with the same old 1.5-litre petrol engine and four-speed automatic transmission which can still be found in today's fourth-generation model.

Such miserliness, however, has not been extended to the C-segment where Toyota has been rather generous instead. Ever since the outgoing model, the Corolla Altis had a fine 1.8-litre motor and CVT auto gearbox that clearly stood out in its class.

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