Hybrid Corolla confirmed

Toyota has confirmed plans to offer a petrol-electric powered hybrid across the new Corolla range. With an on-sale date set for August, the new Toyota Corolla will be available in a naturally aspirated 2.0-litre version with 125kW and 200 Nm outputs, or a revised 1.8-litre hybrid unit paired with a CVT automatic transmission.


The Corolla hybrid’s petrol engine will be good for 72kW and 142Nm, while the electric motor serves up 53kW and 163Nm – resulting in a combined output of 90kW and claimed fuel economy of 4.2L/100km.


Both powertrains will be available with a new continuously-variable transmission (CVT) with 10 programmed steps. While the petrol engine will also be available with a size-speed manual transmission with rev-matching function. Further contributing to the Toyota Corolla’s fuel efficiency is the lighter and shorter gearbox.


The new Corolla features autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian detection, Lane Trace Assist, Road Sign Assist, adaptive cruise control, lane-departure warning assist, auto high-beam, a rear-view camera and seven airbags. Other highlights -depending on the variant – will include LED headlights, electric park brake, an 8.0-inch touchscreen with satellite navigation, eight-speaker JBL sound system, keyless entry and start.


Keeping its stylish design with increased safety features, the new Toyota Corolla is expected to remain affordable and competitive in the Australian market.