29 Nov 2018

New Corolla sedan gets hybrid drivetrain

2019 Toyota Corolla hybrid has the soul of a Prius
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Toyota has announced the introduction of hybrid power for its popular Corolla sedan in the next generation model.

Adding to Toyota’s hybrid line-up, the Corolla sedan will sit alongside the Corolla hatch, Camry, Prius, Prius C, Prius V and yet to be released RAV4 (launching in 2019).

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The Corolla sedan is set to use the same running gear as the fourth-generation Prius, a 1.8-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and two electric motors, paired to a CVT transmission.

It will have the ability to run solely on electric power in EV mode, but only for short distances when the battery level has a certain amount of charge. Normal, ECO and Sport modes are also available.

Toyota’s Safety Sense technologies are standard on the Corolla sedan, including seven airbags, active cruise control, lane tracing assist, auto high beam and reverse camera.

Sean Hanley from Toyota Australia says the company is expanding its hybrid range to appeal to customers who have different vehicle requirements - whether it be hatches, sedans or SUVs.

“This new Corolla hybrid sedan is further evidence of Toyota’s indisputable global hybrid leadership, which begun more than 20 years ago,” he says.

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