Toyota Corolla Hybrid Hatch to be in dealerships by mid-year.
It was always a case of when, not if, Toyota would transplant its hybrid technology into its best-selling model and now the auto giants have confirmed the Toyota Corolla Hybrid is definitely coming.
Set to arrive in Australian Toyota dealerships around the middle of the year, the 2016 Toyota Corolla Hybrid will boast a total output of 100kW from its 1.8 litre petrol engine and electric motor combination.
Toyota tell us the hybrid Corolla will return fuel economy similar to that of the Prius.
Mated only to an automatic transmission, only offered in one model grade and only available as a hatch, at this stage Australian pricing is still yet to be confirmed.
Tony Cramb from Toyota Australia’s sales and marketing division says it just makes sense to bring a hybrid Corolla to the market.
“The combination of Toyota’s hybrid technology and Australia’s best-selling car gives us a unique opportunity to broaden the market appeal of both,”
“Corolla hybrid hatch will offer all the advantages of Australia’s favourite car, coupled with the hybrid system’s established performance, reliability, durability and exceptionally low running costs.
“This addition to the Corolla range will be fun to drive - and fun to own with fuel economy and emissions that are superior to its direct competitors, especially diesel.
“There is enormous potential for the hybrid Corolla as shown by its success in western Europe where hybrid versions account for more than 50 per cent of all Auris (Corolla hatch) sales. In fact, it attracts more sales than any other hybrid in that market.”
We will keep you updated on Australian pricing and availability info as it is confirmed ahead of the hybrid Corolla’s Australian launch.