Toyota Corolla gets hybrid treatment
Toyota’s popular Corolla is now available with hybrid drivetrain technology
The Toyota Prius has undoubtedly been the poster child for Hybrid technology, a dual source powertrain that combines internal combustion petrol engines with a high-current electric motor.
Toyota have recognised the need to expand this new energy technology to other mainstream model ranges as they pursue greater hybrid adoption and wider market appeal.
With the continued development of new energy alternatives and further advancements in battery technology, the demand for more advanced drivetrain options and greater levels of efficiency without compromising on core vehicle requirements has grown.
Toyota’s carbon neutral strategy, with a zero emissions goal by 2050 for the entire business has to start somewhere. Therefore Toyota South Africa is planning to roll out Hybrid variants of most of its mainstream models. This is just the start of the electrification programme, as a full spectrum of NEVs will be launched as soon as there is sufficient demand and the local infrastructure can support their introduction.
Two new hybrid models
Pre-empting this change in customer behaviour is the introduction of Hybrid variants of two of Toyota’s most popular passenger cars, the Corolla and RAV4. Both the Corolla and RAV4 combine all the virtues of their conventional namesakes with the added performance and fuel efficiency of Toyota’s proven Hybrid system.
Based on the 11th generation Corolla sedan, the Corolla Hybrid is fitted with Toyota’s latest 1.8-litre, four-cylinder, which just like in the Prius, employs Atkinson-cycle technology to help lower fuel consumption and C02 emissions.
This engine is boosted by the latest-generation electric motor and battery pairing, in a compact package that is lighter and more cost effective. The hybrid battery has a higher energy density, which means that even though its size has been reduced by 10 percent, the power output remained the same.
The electric motors themselves provide a supplementary 53kW and 163Nm at full capacity to boost overall system output to 90kW.
Controlling the flow of power is a CVT gearbox that seamlessly integrates the two drive sources, feeding power to the front wheels. The Corolla Hybrid rides on bespoke 15-inch alloy wheels, fitted with energy efficient tyres.
As this technology results in a vehicle that boasts impressively low average fuel consumption figures of 3.5 litres/100km.
The Corolla Hybrid is offered in the value minded Xs spec level, this mid tier grade combines all the key comfort and convenience features.
Standard specification includes LED head and tail lamps with daytime running lights and automatic control, keyless entry, power-adjustable and heated side mirrors and full colour coding. Interior convenience features include cruise control, climate control, a reverse camera, power windows all-round, multi-information display and three-spoke leather steering wheel complete with steering wheel switches. The touchscreen audio system features Bluetooth, USB and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto functionality as well as six speakers.
Model line up and pricing
Corolla Xs CVT Hybrid R419 900
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