2019 Toyota Corolla Hybrid version uses a 1.8-litre Atkinson cycle petrol engine and a couple of electric motors to generate 121 hp
In the US market, Toyota does not offer a hybrid version of the world’s top-selling car, the Corolla. The complexion has changed as the Japanese manufacturer has used the 2018 Los Angeles Auto Show to showcase the model to the American customers following the tremendous response for Prius.
Labelled as the most fuel-efficient Corolla ever from Toyota, the hybrid unit packs a 1.8-litre petrol Atkinson cycle engine that is connected with two electric motors. The combined system output stands at 121 horsepower and it is delivered to the front wheel through a CVT.
The Corolla hybrid uses a nickel-metal hydride battery pack mounted under the rear seat and it does not get in the way of bootspace or seat folding. Toyota says the hybrid system will give a definitive boost at the dab of accelerator and the sedan is claimed to have 50 mpg (21.2 kmpl approx) combined mileage.
In a similar case to the Prius, the Toyota Corolla hybrid can be driven solely on electric power courtesy of the EV mode but only for a short duration. The regenerative braking technology does its part in warming up the engine faster along with a new emission system.
Toyota released the 12th generation Corolla sedan recently and it is one of the best-lookers yet through its lifespan. The hybrid version adapts every bit of design from the standard model except for the inclusion of newly designed alloy wheels and ‘Hybrid’ badges.
The interior largely resembles the regular Corolla and the seven-inch instrument cluster gets a new gauge for assisting efficient driving. The eight-inch touchscreen infotainment screen comes with Apple CarPlay while a slew of driver assistive and safety features are also on offer.
Toyota is providing Safety Sense 2.0 kit as standard across the Corolla as part of improving the safety on its vehicles. It comprises of adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, sign recognition, automatic headlights, autonomous braking, lane keep assist and so on. We can expect Toyota to launch the new generation Corolla by second half of next year in India. Whether the hybrid variant will be part of the package or not is yet unknown.