Toyota Corolla Hybrid poised to as a diesel alternative
A new fuel-miser will join the local Toyota Corolla line-up in the form of the new Toyota Corolla Hybrid hatch. The single highly specified model will be powered by a 1.8 litre petrol engine that develops 73kW and 142Nm of torque paired to a 60kW electric motor, with a continuously variable transmission sends power to front wheels.
Toyota says that the new Toyota Corolla Hybrid will have multiple drive settings and will be able travel up to two kilometres on electricity and emitting zero tail pipe emissions.
Standard equipment will include satellite navigation, Toyota Link connectivity, dual-zone climate control and bi-LED headlamps.
Toyota is offering the Corolla Hybrid as an alternative to a diesel and expects it to be one of the biggest sellers out of its five-member hybrid family, which also includes the Toyota Prius, Prius C, Prius V and Camry Hybrid.
“This addition to the Corolla range will be fun to drive – and fun to own with fuel economy and emissions that are superior to its direct competitors, especially diesel.”
“There is enormous potential for the hybrid Corolla as shown by its success in western Europe where hybrid versions account for more than 50 per cent of all Auris (Corolla hatch) sales. In fact, it attracts more sales than any other hybrid in that market” said Toyota Australia’s executive director sales and marketing, Tony Cramb.
Further information will be provided closer to the Corolla Hybrid’s launch. Technical specifications are provided in the table below.
2016 TOYOTA COROLLA 1.8-litre HYBRID
|Type||Four cylinders in line|
|Valve mechanism||DOHC 16-valve with Dual VVT-i|
|Max power (kW @ rpm)||73 @ 5,200|
|Max torque (Nm @ rpm)||142 @ 4,000|
|Motor generator max. voltage (V)||650|
|Motor generator max. power (kW)||60|
|Battery type||Nickel-metal hydride|
|Max system output (kW @ rpm)||100|
|Overall length (mm)||4,330|
|Overall width (mm)||1,760|
|Overall height (mm)||1,475 (inc roof antenna)|