Japanese automaker Toyota has revealed the 2019 Corolla hybrid sedan recently. Since its introduction in 1966, Toyota Corolla has sold more than 45 million vehicles world wise and this is the first time ever that the automaker has introduced a hybrid powertrain with the premium sedan. According to Toyota, the first-ever Corolla Sedan hybrid is part of the new game-changing 2019 hybrid generation globally.
Under the hood, the newly revealed Toyota Corolla will offer a choice of two powertrains- a 1.8- litre Atkinson- cycle petrol engine with two electric motor / generators producing 121 bhp as well as 1.6- litre petrol engine generating 96.5 bhp and 142 Nm of peak torque, while the main drive motor makes 71 bhp of maximum power and 163 Nm of maximum torque. The hybrid motor sends drive to the front wheels through an electronically- controlled continuously- variable transmission with no need for plug- in recharging. According to the manufacturer, it offers low cost of ownership, fuel economy of only 3.4 l / 100 km (WLTP 4.3 l / 100 km) (Worldwide Harmonized Light- Duty Vehicles Test Procedure) and CO2 emissions of only 77 g / km (WLTP 98 g / km), while offering up to 50 per cent all- electric drive on the everyday commute. On the other hand, the petrol engine offers a six-speed manual transmission with fuel consumption of 5.8 l / 100 km (WLTP 6.1 l / 100 km) and emissions as low as 131 g / km (WLTP 139 g / km).
In terms of design and features, based on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform, the new Corolla hybrid sedan features the same wide and low stance as the previous Corolla models but definitely gets few different styling details at the front and rear to maintain its individuality. At the front, two- step execution of the fender front corners flanking the powerfully projecting lower grille, slim upper grille with three- dimensional design and connecting with the top of the sharply designed headlamps, wrapping around the corners to emphasize the car’s low and firmly planted appearance and help in evolving Toyota's Under Priority Catamaran design philosophy. At the rear, the dynamic shape of the bumper and the inversed trapezoid design of the trunk lid along with saloon- specific rear lamp clusters connected through chrome ornamentation complete the overall look of the upcoming sedan. The sedan also offers the signature front and rear LED light to make it similar to the other Corolla models.
At the inside, like the other Corolla models, the all-new Corolla hybrid sedan features a spacious cabin as well as ample space for the rear passengers thanks to the same extended 2,700 mm wheelbase as the Touring Sports. An 8- inch multimedia touch screen, a 7- inch multi- information display and rear seat heaters are the highlights inside the car along with a lower centre of gravity, a 60 per cent more rigid body shell and trailing wishbone rear suspension fitted as standard, all contributing to better handling and stability. In terms of safety features, the 2019 Toyota Corolla hybrid sedan gets the latest Toyota Safety Sense technology that includes features such as a Pre- Collision System (PCS) with pedestrian detection during both day and night time, and cyclist detection in daylight hours, a full range Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Lane Departure Alert (LDA) with steering assist, Road Sign Assist (RSA) and Automatic High Beam (AHB). Additionally, the car also offers a new Lane Trace Assist (LTA) system for advanced driving support, the full range ACC and LTA when active assists the driver in steering control with subtle inputs to keep the vehicle in the lane, even on gentle highway bends.
This will also be the first time that the Corolla will be available in the US market as a hybrid, while for the Indian market we can expect the sedan to make its way as well since the automaker already has the Prius and the Camry Hybrid on sale in the country. Stay tuned to V3cars.com for further updates on the 2019 Toyota Corolla hybrid sedan in India.