2016 Toyota Corolla Hybrid priced from $26,990+ORC
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.”