The Toyota Altezza, also known as the Lexus IS, is an entry-level sport and luxury car. It is a car designed for style, luxury, and class, for those seeking a nice car to break them into the world of sports vehicles.
The first generation of the Alteza was introduced between 1998 and 2005. Coming in a four-door sedan & 5-door station wagon embarked by the Toyota N platform, produced a powertrain of 2-3L engines mated in 4,5 or 6 automatic and manual transmissions.
Engine & Performance
Toyota Altezza’s first generation came with two choices of engines; 2.0L (1G-FE) inline-six-cylinder with 153hp and 2.0L (3S-GE) inline-four-cylinder with 207hp.
The Altezza IS200 came with 2.0L (1G-FE) inline-six mated with either a 6-speed manual or 4-speed automatic gearbox. Similar to the Altezza RS200 with the exception of a 5-speed automatic. Also, the model of AS200, the Altezza Gita came with a 6-speed manual and 4 speed automatic.
The only model of Altezza which came with a 3.0L inline-six (2JZ-GE), was the Altezza IS300 sedan which produces 217hp and mated with a 5-speed manual. This version was special for the US only and 5-speed automatic for the worldwide market. Another was the Altezza Gita sport cross (wagon) mated with a 5-speed automatic only.
The Toyota Altezza was produced only for one generation with a plate name Altezza from 1998 – 2005. After that, the second generation of Altezza known as Lexus, produced from 2005 – 2008. The handling and steering of this sports car is spot on. Its speed rivals that of other entry-level-sports luxury cars. If you are in search of speed the Alteza might be right for you.
Interior & Exterior
The Altezza succeeds to make a good impression on whoever rides with you and it’s going to leave you feeling like you have achieved your sports car dreams. It has a smooth exterior, giving it the look of a curved sports car. Not only is the outside outstanding, but the inside is elegant as well. There is attired room in this 4 door vehicle, as well as great end cutting edge technology.
It comes with a moonroof, USB ports, a screen, and Siri voice recognition along with other types of gadgets that any techno nerd would love to have.
The exterior of the vehicle is made stylish and trendy with the unibody chassis that makes the vehicle well-lit enough with overall cost reduction in the long run.
The 2.0L (1G-FE) inline 6-cylinder 1,998cc with 160 horsepower and 2.0L (3S-GE) inline 4-cylinder 1,998cc with 210 horsepower. The selected fuel was the steady gasoline for the inline 6-cylinder 1,998cc 160-horsepower engine and high octane for the inline 4-cylinder 1,998cc 210-horsepower engine. For the 210-horsepower engine, to convoy the high power output, some methods were taken on, such as making the emission valve a sodium-filled system.
The transmission that might be mutual with this is the 4-speed automatic for the inline 6-cylinder 1,998cc 160-horsepower engine, and the 6-speed manual and 5-speed automatic for the inline 4-cylinder 1,998cc 210-horsepower engine. The drive system for all vehicles is the Front-wheel drive.
Fuel consumption for Toyota Altezza is 11.6km/L for the inline 6-cylinder 1,998cc 160-horsepower engine, and 11.0km/L for the inline 4-cylinder 1,998cc 210-horsepower engine.
Toyota Altezza is one of the well known Toyota brands in Tanzania and did well in the Tanzanian market. The service and spare parts are easily available and the prices are reasonable.
Written by: Josephat Lukaza