The new Toyota Corolla Hybrid has arrived in Australia just short of the Corolla’s 50th anniversary (October) and is priced from $26,990+ORC.

THE 2016 TOYOTA COROLLA Hybrid has slotted into the local line-up between Corolla SX and ZR models and arrives just a few months short of the Corolla’s 50th anniversary (October – first launched in October 1966).

Available in one trim only, the Corolla Hybrid borrows goodies from the more expensive Corolla ZR, including dual-zone automatic air-conditioning, auto-levelling bi-LED headlamps, LED daytime running lamps and keyless smart entry and ignition. Satellite navigation, and a colour 4.2-inch multi-information display – all standard features on Corolla SX and ZR – are included in the hybrid offering.

The Corolla’s Hybrid Synergy Drive system delivers a combined output of 100kW from its 1.8-litre four-cylinder petrol engine and 60kW electric motor. Official fuel consumption of 4.1 litres/100km (combined) compares with 6.1 litres/100km (combined) for automatic Corolla petrol hatches – the petrol tank is 45 litres. Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive technology is capable of operating in petrol and electric modes alone, or a combination of both, depending on driving conditions.

The newest addition to the Corolla range retains the standard hatch’s 360 litres of luggage space with the hybrid battery placed under the rear seat.

Other standard features include seven airbags, reversing camera, stability and traction control, anti-skid brakes, 16-inch alloy wheels, black fabric upholstery and any of the eight exterior paint colours available across the Corolla range.

Toyota Australia’s executive director sales and marketing Tony Cramb said the new Corolla is the third hybrid model introduced in a little over a year, along with the latest Camry and the fourth-generation Prius.

“Corolla hybrid offers Australian motorists all the advantages of the world’s all-time best-selling car and the world’s best-selling hybrid technology,” Mr Cramb said.

“The hybrid version of the popular Corolla represents great value for money with its impressive equipment levels, exceptionally low running costs and the proven performance and fuel-efficiency of Toyota’s full hybrid technology,” he said.

“With unique features such as its independent rear suspension, Corolla hybrid will also deliver the driving enjoyment, remarkable quietness and smooth operation that will make it an ideal choice for everyday motoring.”

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    1. Seriously this gutless POS needs 95 for 100kW. How little power does the crappy petrol unit make and why is the combined output so pathetic.

      1. It drives as fast as a regular Corolla/Impreza/3/Lancer and where are you going in a rush in the city? With revenue cameras everywhere, save the heroics for the some proper driving roads.

  1. Alien,I think it should read 100kw from the 1.8Lengine – plus an extra 60kw from the hybrid drive, ‘not combined power’ as stated as all hybrids with petrol engines are more powerful than the donor cars they were derived from,eg Camry Hybrid is much faster than the standard petrol only Camry.

  2. This has the old technology of the previous model Prius. But I can’t understand that, with a model which is technologically advanced it didn’t come with at least Autonomous braking in this day and age. You can get it in a Maz3, Golf and next week in a Focus. And you can get it in UK’s Corolla (with different name). But then, there are none in the 25 dealerships within 2hrs drive of here, so maybe it’s a figment of imagination like Prius.

    1. Pre collision system (auto braking, seatbelt pre-tensioner), radar cruise and auto parking were available from 2009 in Australia so it has been stripped out hence the price point.

  3. Apologies to all,….due to hap hazard reporting I finally got the correct power rating for Corolla Hybrid from Carsguide…Petrol power is down to 73KW from the usual 103KW,then add the 60KW of the Electric motor which takes “Total” power to a sick 103KW..Looks like Godafoss was correct. But not being too bright I can’t work out how 73+60=103KW,when I add it up I get 133KW…Someone will have to help me with my maths..?

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