WHEN it hits the road in August, the new Toyota Corolla hatch is set to become the perfect showcase for the latest generation hybrid technology, which will be available across the range.
The improved driveability and tractability of the substantially upgraded Hybrid Synergy Drive in the Corolla complements the car’s new-found dynamic capability and bold styling while providing the optimum balance between fuel economy, and performance.
By offering the advanced 1.8-litre petrol electric drive train as an option on all models, Toyota is furthering its push to ensure its self-sufficient electrified technology is a mainstream option for all customers.
Toyota’s Wayne Gabriel said the new hybrid is available on three of the four Camry models; will be offered on every Corolla model, and will, for the first time in Australia, be available in the new RAV4 that will launch in 2019.
“It is no longer a marginal power train option, but rather, as we have experienced with Camry [where it accounts for 40 per cent of sales], a favoured option for customers who appreciate its responsive, economical and low-emission performance.”
Since the launch of the original Prius in 1997 – the world’s first mass-produced hybrid vehicle – Toyota has continued to develop the drive train, and the latest generation in the new Corolla hatch is lighter, more compact and more refined than its predecessor.
The Toyota system is a full hybrid that uses a combination of a 1.8-litre Atkinson cycle petrol engine with a pair of motor generators to provide electric-only drive to the wheels; combined petrol and electric drive; and electricity generation to recharge the battery.
For the new generation Corolla hatch, the Hybrid Synergy Drive system features a substantially upgraded petrol engine, two new motor generators, new e-CVT transaxle, a new power control unit and new hybrid system battery.
The upgrades to the petrol engine have resulted in a 40 per cent thermal efficiency – a world’s best for a mass-produced petrol unit – that ensures it maintains similar outputs as the previous engine despite being smaller and more compact.
The new petrol engine generates a maximum power of 72kW and peak torque of 142Nm, while the main electric drive motor produces maximum outputs of 53kW/163Nm. Combined output for the system is 90kW with 4.2-litres/100km fuel consumption.
In addition to the excellent fuel economy, a variety of modifications to the petrol engine have further improved combustion, cooling, friction and knock control that contribute to reduced noise and vibration and greater refinement.
Pricing on the new Toyota Corolla range will be announced closer to launch.