We won’t blame you if you’ve mistaken the car above as the new Toyota Camry but trust us, it isn’t. What you’re looking at is actually the Daihatsu Altis. That’s not a typo…
Now fully owned by Toyota, Daihatsu has basically rebadged the Toyota Camry to sell it as Daihatsu… Altis. It is now on sale at its home market – the same time the new Camry arrives at dealerships across Japan and the company expects to sell about 2,400 of these sedans domestically each month.
Daihatsu has been selling badge-engineered Camrys in Japan since 2000. Similar to the Camry, this time around, the Daihatsu Altis is available only in one variant; G trim priced at 3,499,200 yen (RM132,480)
The sole powertrain option available for the Daihatsu Altis is a hybrid. It is comprised of a 2.5-litre inline-four with D-4S direct injection (175hp with 221Nm), along with an electric motor which produces 118hp and 202Nm of torque. This gives it a combined power of 217hp overall. Power is sent to the front wheels via a continuously variable transmission (CVT).