Petrol-electric sedan to join Corolla hatch, Camry and RAV4 in local hybrid push.
Toyota has confirmed the upcoming Corolla sedan will be offered with hybrid power when it arrives in Australia, following the reveal of the petrol-electric sedan at the Los Angeles motor show this week.
Scheduled to arrive by mid-2020, the Corolla Hybrid sedan will be one of five new hybrid models set to launch Down Under in the next 18 months, alongside the all-new RAV4 due during the first half of next year.
Like the related hatchback, the hybrid sedan will pair a 1.8-litre Atkinson-cycle petrol engine with two electric motor/generators, sending drive to the front wheels through an electronically-controlled continuously-variable transmission (e-CVT).
A combined power output of 90kW is quoted for the hatchback, though a system torque figure isn't specified. The petrol engine makes 72kW/142Nm, while the main drive motor makes 53kW/163Nm.
The Corolla Hybrid sedan will be equipped as standard with the full gamut of Toyota Safety Sense active safety systems like the hatchback, including autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control with stop/go, lane-keeping assist, auto high-beam, a rear-view camera, along with seven airbags.
Stay tuned to CarAdvice for more details when the Corolla sedan launches locally in the next 12-18 months.
As for the North American version (pictured), it will mark the first time the Corolla has been available with hybrid power in the United States when it goes on sale during the spring of 2019 (March-May).
Pricing and specifications for the USA is still to be confirmed, but we know all versions of the Corolla Hybrid will get the Safety Sense suite as standard, and an 8.0-inch 'Entune' infotainment system with Apple CarPlay integration – this seems to be a US-specific unit, though.
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