The New Toyota Corolla Is Australia's Cheapest Hybrid

Toyota's Corolla hatch now comes in a new hybrid model, focusing on fuel economy, handling, value and pricing.

Starting at just $26,990 the Corolla hybrid also boasts 4.1 litres/100km fuel consumption -- that's a theoretical driving range of almost 1,100km.

There's a number driver-focused features on the hybrid not offered on any other Corolla in Australia, starting with the handling, stability and comfort advantages of double-wishbone rear suspension.

It is the only Corolla fitted with electronically controlled brakes, larger 296mm x 28mm ventilated front discs, three selectable drive modes (power, economy and electric) and a hybrid display in the instrument cluster.

Available in a single highly specified grade, Corolla hybrid picks up premium features from the range-topping ZR -- dual-zone automatic air-conditioning, auto-levelling bi-LED headlamps, LED daytime running lamps and keyless smart entry and ignition.

Satellite navigation, SUNA live traffic updates, Toyota Link connected mobility and a colour 4.2-inch thin-film transistor multi-information display -- all standard features on Corolla SX and ZR -- are included in the hybrid offering.

It is the fifth hybrid car in Toyota's local line-up, joining Camry, Prius, Prius c and Prius v and arrives just four months shy of the 50th anniversary of the launch of the first Corolla in Japan in October 1966.

Toyota Australia's executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb said the new Corolla is the third hybrid model introduced in a little over a year, along with the latest Camry and the fourth-generation Prius.

"Corolla hybrid offers Australian motorists all the advantages of the world's all-time best-selling car and the world's best-selling hybrid technology," Mr Cramb said.

The Corolla's Hybrid Synergy Drive system delivers combined output of 100kW from its Euro 5 certified Atkinson Cycle 1.8-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and 60kW electric motor.

Efficiency features for the petrol engine include cooled exhaust-gas recirculation, an electric water pump and a compression ratio of 13.0:1 (compared with 10.0:1 on petrol-only Corolla).

The official fuel consumption of 4.1 litres/100km compares with 6.1 litres/100km for automatic Corolla petrol hatches. This expands the theoretical maximum driving range by almost 280km to 1,097km, even with the fuel tank slimmed from 50 to 45 litres.

Around town, the official fuel economy at 3.9 litres/100km* is more than twice as good as that achieved by the already efficient automatic petrol-only variants at 8.0 litres/100km*, boosting the driving potential on a single tank to more than 1,150km.

Carbon dioxide emissions are lower by similar margins, falling to just 96 grams/km (combined), 95 grams/km (highway) and 91 grams/km (urban).

Toyota's Hybrid Synergy Drive technology is capable of operating in petrol and electric modes alone, or a combination of both, depending on driving conditions.

The newest addition to the Corolla range retains the standard hatch's 360 litres of luggage space with the hybrid battery placed under the rear seat.

Other standard features include seven airbags, reversing camera, stability and traction control, anti-skid brakes, 16-inch alloy wheels, black fabric upholstery and any of the eight exterior paint colours available across the Corolla range.

Corolla hybrid's arrival follows news that Toyota has sold more than nine million hybrid vehicles globally. Prius leads the world with cumulative sales of more than 3.7 million cars while Camry is Australia's best-selling hybrid vehicle.

Toyota is also offering the Corolla Ascent Sport with a $1,000 option that offers satellite navigation, SUNA live traffic updates and expanded Toyota Link connected mobility services.

Now in its 11th generation, Corolla sales have topped 44 million globally. It is the most successful car in Toyota's Australian range with 1.35 million sales since it went on sale here almost half a century ago in 1967.


Here are the full specs:

Petrol Engine

Code 2ZR-FXE
Description In-line four-cylinder using Atkinson Cycle process, DOHC, four valves per cylinder with variable intake valve timing and cooled EGR
Displacement(cm3) 1798
Bore x stroke(mm) 80.5 x 88.3mm
Compression ratio 13.0:1
Max. power 73kW @ 5200rpm
Max. torque 142Nm @ 4000rpm
Fuel system(petrol) Electronic multipoint fuel injection with Electronic Throttle Control System
Fuel type 95 RON or higher
Fuel tank capacity(litres) 45
Fuel economy(litres/100km) 4.1 (combined), 3.9 (urban), 4.1 (extra urban)
Carbon dioxide(grams/km) 96 (combined)
Emission rating Euro 5


Hybrid System

Combined system output 100kW
Type Series/parallel, full hybrid
Motor generator AC synchronous, permanent magnet
Max power(kW) 60
Max torque(Nm) 207
Max voltage(V) 650
High-voltage battery Nickel-Metal Hydride (Ni-MH)
Nominal voltage(V) 201.6
Battery capacity(Amp. Hr) 6.5


Transmission

Driven wheels Front
Transmission description Electronically controlled Continuously Variable Transmission (E-CVT)
Transmission code P410
Differential gear ratio(front/rear) 3.267:1


Steering

Type Rack and pinion with electric power assistance
Turns lock to lock 2.67
Minimum turning circle - tyre (m) 10.4


Suspension

Front Independent, MacPherson struts with coil springs, gas dampers and stabiliser bar
Rear Independent, double-wishbone, coil springs, gas dampers
Safety technology Vehicle stability and traction control, electronically controlled anti-skid brakes, brake assist, electronic brake-force distribution


Friction Brakes

Front 296mm x 28mm ventilated discs
Rear 259mm x 9mm solid discs


Wheels and Tyres

Rims 16 x 6.5J alloy
Tyres 205/55 R16
Spare T125/70D17 (space saver)


Body

Length (mm) 4330
Width (mm) 1760
Overall height (mm) 1475
Wheelbase (mm) 2600
Front track (mm) 1525
Rear track (mm) 1525


Weights

Minimum kerb weight (kg) 1365
Gross vehicle mass (kg) 1805