- Toyota confirms hybrid tech for new four-door
- Efficient powertrain on stiffer new platform
- New Corolla range due in SA in 2019
MELBOURNE, Australia – Toyota Australia has accelerated the production of hybrid versions of the Corolla sedan.
The new model, using tech from what will be the fourth-generation Toyota Prius, was unveiled at the Los Angeles auto show towards the end of 2018. It has the petrol-electric system expected to power the new Prius when it goes Down Under towards the end of 2019.
It does, of course, share many of the features and technology of the Corolla hatch (expected in South Africa in early 2019) when the Corolla sedan will also be available with an all-new two-litre petrol engine.
Hybrid Corolla sedans will have a combination of a 1.8-litre, four-cylinder, petrol engine and two motor/generators driving through an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission.
The engine has been designed for hybrid application, employing the Atkinson cycle that uses a very high compression ratio (13.0:1) along with a shorter intake stroke and longer expansion stroke than a conventional engine.
A nickel-metal hydride battery pack under the rear seat will not only help to power the cars but also lower their centre of gravity – great for on-road agility. The car will be able to travel modest distances on battery power alone though is there mainly to help the petrol engine when, for instance, more acceleration is needed.
Collision mitigation equipent includes following cruise control, lane-keeping, auto high-beam headlights, seven crash bags and a reversing camera.
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Toyota says it ”remains committed” to hybrid technology and is planning to offer the fuel-saving system in most of its model ranges.
The 2019 Corolla range will be announced only in 2019.