The New Toyota Corolla Gets Hybrid Power

Australia's most popular car is about to get some more green credentials in the form of a hybrid petrol-electric drivetrain. The new Toyota Corolla, set to debut in the middle of the year, will use a third less fuel than the already efficient petrol-only hatchback, and marks the fifth vehicle in Toyota's Aussie line-up to get an electric boost.

The Corolla has been sold for 50 years continuously in Australia, and from 2012 onwards has well and truly been Australia's most popular car. The new mid-year update will add the first hybrid drivetrain to the nameplate; previous models in recent years have used a 1.8-litre in-line petrol four cylinder producing 103kW. The new nickel-metal hydride battery system and 60kW electric motor will be mated to a continously variable transmission, and with a lower-powered 73kW 1.8-litre petrol motor will produce 100kW total with significantly lower emissions.

Don't think you'll be able to drive it far on the electric battery alone, though -- it'll discharge after only two kilometres of electric-only travel. The new hybrid Corolla will be offered in a single spec level with in-dash satellite navigation, LED headlights and dual-zone air conditioning. It's set to become the most popular hybrid in Australia, surpassing Toyota's own Camry, which sold 5881 units in 2015.


    There has been a Corolla hybrid since about 2010... but sold in the EU as the Toyota Auris.

    If it follows that spec then we should also get independent rear suspension.

      Unless they are going to import them from Europe, which seems unlikely, then I doubt well get IRS. At lest it is a new drivetrain, Corolla has had the same tired 1.8 litre engine for a decade or more.

        Toyota says the rear will be double wishbone (so IRS) and the front will be MacPherson.

      It has also been here in Australia as the Lexus CT200h.

        or Prius ... lol

        CT200h has the similar chassis and engine model (2ZR-FXE) to a Prius.

    Does anyone have figures on economic viability for hybrids (or a specific hybrid)?
    I'd guess the economic niche for hybrids is high-use vehicles such as taxis, though I hope it's wider.

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