A new version that will be highly appealing to both eco-minded people and to those looking to save a few bucks when taking longer journeys, the popular Toyota Corolla range is getting the Hybrid model in Australia.
The Toyota Corolla Hybrid can already be ordered in the Land Down Under, where pricing kicks off at AU$26,990 (US$19,940), with its Hybrid Synergy Drive System able to produce 134 hp thanks to the 1.8-liter internal combustion engine and electric motor combination. The model is a front-wheel drive machine, with power directed from the powertrain using the company’s proprietary E-CVT. If you ask us, buyers of the Corolla Hybrid are even getting a sweeter deal than owners of the Prius – which has just 122 hp and a quirky design that might put off some of the buyers.
The Corolla Hybrid has all the usual hybrid modes – petrol or electric alone, or a combination of both. There are also three selectable driving modes: power, economy and electric. Fuel economy reaches 4.1 L/100 km (57.37 mpg) and the maximum combined driving range reaches 1,097 km (682 miles). The Corolla Hybrid has a single trim level, that combine features of the flagship ZR grade. Buyers will get keyless entry and start, satellite navigation complete with SUNA live traffic updates, dual-zone automatic air conditioning, the Toyota Link connected mobility with 4.2-inch multi-info display, as well as auto-leveling bi-LED headlights and LED daylight running lights.