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Hybrid technology to be available on all 2019 Toyota Corolla models

The 2019 Corolla hatch will come available with hybrid technology across the range when the new model goes on sale this August. Toyota says the improved driveability and tractability of the substantially upgraded Hybrid Synergy Drive will complement the car’s new-found dynamic capability.

The Hybrid Synergy Drive system that will feature in the Corolla will use a combination of a 1.8-litre Atkinson cycle petrol engine with a pair of motor generators to provide electric-only drive to the wheels, combined petrol and electric drive, and electricity generation to recharge the battery.

Hybrid technology is currently available on three of the four new Camry models, with hybrid accounting for more than 40 per cent of sales. As well as being available every new Corolla, Toyota also announced that it will add a RAV4 Hyrbid to its lineup after the SUV goes on sale sometime in the first half of 2019. Toyota chief marketing officer Wayne Gabriel said:

“Toyota was one of the pioneers of this advanced technology when it launched the original Prius over 20 years ago and as we move to a more electrified drivetrain culture we are continuing to evolve our hybrid technology to ensure it has the widest application possible.”

“It is no longer a marginal powertrain option, but rather, as we have experienced with Camry, a favoured option for customers who appreciate its responsive, economical and low-emission performance for all driving environments.”

For the new Corolla, the Hybrid Synergy Drive system features an upgraded petrol engine, which has resulted in a 40 per cent thermal efficiency that ensures it maintains similar outputs as the previous engine despite being smaller and more compact. There’s also two new motor generators, new e-CVT transaxle, a new power control unit, and new hybrid system battery.

Maximum power for the engine is rated at of 72kW at 5200rpm and peak torque of 142Nm at 3600rpm. The main electric drive motor produces maximum outputs of 53kW and 163Nm. This translates to a combined maximum output of 90kW. Combined fuel consumption of 4.2L/100km and CO2 emissions of 97g/km.

Josh Bennis

Josh has worked within the automotive journalism landscape for the best part of a decade. He's driven everything from a 1972 Mazda 808 station wagon to an Aston Martin DBS. Josh's job is to make sure New Vehicle Buyer readers remain informed and entertained on a daily basis.

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