The new 2016 Toyota Corolla Hybrid has launched in Australia with a starting price of $26,990 plus on-road costs, the car maker has announced today.
The news follows confirmation here at CarAdvice last week of the new green hatch's starting price. And although a full equipment list had not yet surfaced, it was also revealed that the Hybrid would draw features from the SX and ZR models.
Also unknown at the time were the all-important fuel figures, although Toyota has today confirmed that the petrol-electric Corolla Hybrid will list combined-cycle fuel consumption at 4.1L/100km.
Those figures mean that the new hatch is still a thirstier offering than the latest Prius, which claims 3.4L/100km. It is nonetheless a marked drop in consumption when compared to the 103kW 1.8-litre petrol Corolla hatch, which lists figures of 6.1 to 6.7L/100km depending on the model.
Power in the Corolla Hybrid is provided by a Euro V-compliant 73kW VVT-i 1.8-litre petrol engine mated to a 60kW electric motor for a combined system output of 100kW. A ‘Multidrive S’ CVT automatic transmission sends power to the front wheels.
Toyota claims that this combination should give the Corolla Hybrid a driving range of close to 1100 kilometres, "and even further around town" where the electric motor will come into play more often.
This betters the 'theoretical' range of regular auto-equipped petrol models by around 280km, the car maker claims - despite its fuel tank being slightly downsized from 50 to 45 litres. Unlike the regular models, though, which run on 91 RON petrol, the Corolla Hybrid - like the Prius - requires 95 RON.
Emissions, another key aspect of hybrid vehicles, are listed at 96g/km on the combined cycle, compared to 143g/km for auto-equipped petrol models.
The hybrid model is also the only Corolla equipped with electronically controlled front brakes, along with larger 296x28mm ventilated front discs. Power, economy and electric drive modes are also featured.
Standard kit with the Corolla Hybrid includes ZR-donated features like dual-zone climate control, auto-levelling bi-LED headlights, LED daytime lights and keyless entry/ignition.
Other features drawn from both the ZR and the SX - between which this model sits in price - include satellite navigation with SUNA live traffic updates, along with Toyota Link connectivity and a 4.2-inch multi-information display.
Also included are seven airbags, reversing camera, stability and traction control, anti-skid brakes, 16-inch alloy wheels, and black fabric upholstery - missing out on the ZR model's leather.
Rear storage capacity is unchanged at 360 litres with the back seats upright, thanks to the hybrid system's Nickel-Metal Hydride battery pack being stored beneath the seats rather than below the cargo area.
The Corolla Hybrid becomes the fifth hybrid model in the local Toyota line-up, joining the Prius, Prius C and Prius V trio, along with the larger Camry Hybrid.
The Corolla Hybrid is available to buy now. Watch for CarAdvice's review soon.