On the heels of the announcement that a new Toyota Corolla is coming for the 2020 model year, Toyota has unveiled a hybrid version today at the Los Angeles Auto Show. This will mark the first time that an electrified Corolla has been offered in North America.
Toyota expects that the Corolla Hybrid will achieve a combined five-cycle fuel consumption rating of less than 5.0 L/100 km through an adapted version of the hybrid system used in the new-generation Prius. This system is comprised of a 1.8-litre Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder gasoline engine and two motor-generators paired with an electronically controlled planetary-type continuously variable transmission and produces a combined system output of 121 horsepower. A button allowing the driver to force full EV mode will be included, and the TNGA platform allows the battery to be positioned under the rear seats, which results in no cabin space being lost.
Hybrid-only feature offerings include 15-inch aluminum-alloy wheels with low-rolling-resistance tires and a 7-inch digital gauge display that includes a hybrid system indicator/real-time battery charge status indicator and accelerator guidance, or a traditional tachometer.
As with the gas-powered models, the Corolla Hybrid will come with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 as standard, a suite of safety technologies that includes pre-collision avoidance with pedestrian detection, dynamic radar cruise control, lane-departure alert with steering assist, automatic high-beams, lane-tracing, and brake hold.
Apple CarPlay functionality (but not Android Auto) will be included as part of Toyota’s Entune 3.0 infotainment system, which is driven through an 8-inch touchscreen display.
The 2020 Corolla Hybrid will arrive in Canada dealerships in the spring.