Toyota followed its debut in November of the twelfth generation Corolla with a premiere in November of the twelfth generation Corolla. This time, we're looking at the new hybrid sedan – a model that, it seems, probably should have been on sale years ago, even though we're not sure about the demographic potential. Owners of Prius?
While the Corolla Hybrid already exists in the wider universe of Toyota, this is the first time that the manufacturer has deemed it appropriate to use the American variant. The hybrid system combines a 1.8-liter Atkinson internal combustion engine (2ZR-FXE) and two electric motors for a total output of 121 horsepower. These specifications are rather lukewarm, but the builder was probably much more concerned with getting the average fuel economy of the model estimated at 50 mpg than tuning the engine for the circuit.
Think of it as a kind of Prius Diet, if that can help you.
Of course, Toyota does not want you to think the Hybrid will be a snail. The company says the electrified configuration gives the engine extra power at low speeds. It also offers a sporty tuning to get the most out of the performance of your front-wheel drive sedan equipped with CVT technology and economy-centric.
You can also choose the normal, Eco and EV modes by default during the daily commute. Although it is easy to guess how they are changing vehicle priorities, it should be noted that the EV mode only allows electrical driving when the vehicle's nickel-metal hydride battery contains a sufficient amount of power.
It's the same electric cell that occupies the new Prius AWD-e, if you asked the question. Toyota, which has carefully placed the battery under the rear seat to avoid losing interior volume, has equipped the model with a braking system emphasizing regenerative braking, as it works in tandem with hydraulic clamps. Designed as a way to return energy otherwise wasted in the battery, the system also features a smooth brake hold adjustment that could be useful in case of heavy traffic.
Beyond that, there is not much that really sets the Corolla Hybrid apart from the standard model. Both systems will be equipped with automatic braking, adaptive cruise control at full speed, a lane departure warning, lane assistance, Recognition of signaling and automatic high beams as part of the Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 Safety Tool Suite. They will also share almost identical exteriors, because the electrified model does not really wear revealing badges.
In fact, it may be easier to look for 15-inch alloy wheels and low rolling resistance tires if you are safe from car tracks. The only other sure way to find out is to jump into one of them and check if it is recommended to adjust your driving to maximize efficiency.
Presently presented at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the Toyota Corolla Hybrid 2020 will go on sale in the spring of 2019. Expect the announcement of pricing and additional details as it approaches its launch.