The Toyota Corolla and then the newer Altis has seen plenty of competition over the last few years in the segment and to re-affirm their commitment to the environment they developed the clean and efficient Altis CNG last year, which is only sold in the national capital city and Mumbai. (Regular readers will remember that we broke the news first on our site when we got up close and personal with a CNG test car).
Now, they’re finally going to consider launching the diesel version of the Altis and the car is currently undergoing tests. While the final engine specifications are still unknown, one expects the engine to be in the 85 - 100bhp range if it needs to fight competition in the segment. Toyota are fairly tight-lipped on the possible launch dates of the car but we do hope it sees the light of day fairly soon – hopefully in the second quarter of 2010.