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Corolla goes hybrid

Toyota is steaming ahead with their local hybridization plans, with the latest vehicle to benefit from this being the Toyota Corolla.

Corolla goes hybrid

Corolla goes hybrid

Toyota is steaming ahead with their local hybridization plans, with the latest vehicle  to benefit from this being the Toyota Corolla.

The 12th-generation Corolla was launched in early 2020 with an exciting new design and based on the modern TNGA (GA-C) platform. Two petrol engine options were available at launch: a 1.8-litre that was carried over from the previous generation, delivering 103kW and 171Nm, and a new 2.0-litre ‘Dynamic Force’ TNGA engine with 125kW and 200Nm on tap. While both of these engines offered excellent fuel economy (6.2L/100km and 6.5L/100km respectively), an even more efficient and environmentally friendly hybrid model was always on the cards.

This has now come to fruition as a part of Toyota South Africa's plan to roll out Hybrid variants on most of its mainstream model ranges.

As expected, the Corolla Hybrid makes use of much of the class-leading hybrid technology to be found in the Prius. This starts with the 1.8-litre, four-cylinder engine, which uses Atkinson-cycle technology to deliver outstanding thermal efficiency that plays an important part in delivering low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

The petrol engine utilizes many friction-reducing technologies, such as lightweight and coated connecting rods, low-friction timing chain and conical valve springs. Special attention has also been paid to heat recovery, using an improved Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) system. 

The petrol engine is boosted by the latest-generation electric motor and battery pairing, which deliver a more compact package that is lighter in weight and lower in cost, reflecting significant advances in battery, electric motor and petrol engine technologies. The hybrid battery has a higher energy density, which means that even though its size was reduced by 10%, its power output has remained the same. It can absorb 28% more energy in the same amount of time for more rapid self-charging. 

The electric motors themselves are smaller, but also have an improved power-to-weight ratio. The electric motor provides a supplementary 53kW and 163Nm (at full capacity), to boost overall system output to 90kW. (The actual combined power output is lower than the sum of the petrol power output and the electric power output due to a certain amount of power being lost in the transmission.)

The Hybrid powertrain also employs a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) gearbox that seamlessly integrates the two drive sources, feeding power to the front wheels. Toyota's latest generation hybrid models utilise a 'starting reduction gear' to improve acceleration from standstill and provide a more direct-drive feeling when taking off. Drivers thus get the comfort and convenience of a 'two-pedal' arrangement while not sacrificing on driveability, performance or fuel economy.  

Speaking of the all-important fuel economy and fuel emissions, the Corolla Hybrid offers an impressively low average fuel consumption figure of 3.5L/100km, while CO2 emissions are equally low at just 81g/km. Combined with a 43-litre fuel tank, the Corolla Hybrid has a theoretical range of over 1200km on a single tank.

The Corolla Hybrid is available in Xs specification only, to offer great value for money without losing out on the desired features and comfort levels. Standard specification includes LED head and taillamps with Daytime Running Lights (DRL) and automatic control, keyless entry, power-adjustable and heated side mirrors and full colour coding. Other cabin niceties include cruise control, climate control, a reverse camera, electric windows all-round, Multi-Information Display (MID) and three-spoke leather steering wheel with steering switches.

The audio system comprises a touchscreen audio with Bluetooth, USB and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto functionality, playing through six speakers.

The Corolla Hybrid rides on bespoke 15-inch alloy wheels, shod with energy-saving 195-65-R15 tyres that boast a low coefficient of friction.

At the time of writing the Toyota Corolla Xs CVT Hybrid is priced at R419 900. A six-services or 90 000km service plan is standard, with service intervals pegged at 15 000km/12 months. Toyota's standard 3-year/100 000km warranty is included and customers have the additional peace of mind of an 8-year/195 000km Hybrid battery warranty. Service and warranty plan extensions can also be purchased at their nearest Toyota dealer (220 outlets).

 

 

 

is it not supposed to be hybridization?  Please just check? [CD1]

Corolla goes hybrid

Toyota is steaming ahead with their local hybridization plans, with the latest vehicle  to benefit from this being the Toyota Corolla.

The 12th-generation Corolla was launched in early 2020 with an exciting new design and based on the modern TNGA (GA-C) platform. Two petrol engine options were available at launch: a 1.8-litre that was carried over from the previous generation, delivering 103kW and 171Nm, and a new 2.0-litre ‘Dynamic Force’ TNGA engine with 125kW and 200Nm on tap. While both of these engines offered excellent fuel economy (6.2L/100km and 6.5L/100km respectively), an even more efficient and environmentally friendly hybrid model was always on the cards.

This has now come to fruition as a part of Toyota South Africa's plan to roll out Hybrid variants on most of its mainstream model ranges.

As expected, the Corolla Hybrid makes use of much of the class-leading hybrid technology to be found in the Prius. This starts with the 1.8-litre, four-cylinder engine, which uses Atkinson-cycle technology to deliver outstanding thermal efficiency that plays an important part in delivering low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions.

The petrol engine utilizes many friction-reducing technologies, such as lightweight and coated connecting rods, low-friction timing chain and conical valve springs. Special attention has also been paid to heat recovery, using an improved Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR) system. 

The petrol engine is boosted by the latest-generation electric motor and battery pairing, which deliver a more compact package that is lighter in weight and lower in cost, reflecting significant advances in battery, electric motor and petrol engine technologies. The hybrid battery has a higher energy density, which means that even though its size was reduced by 10%, its power output has remained the same. It can absorb 28% more energy in the same amount of time for more rapid self-charging. 

The electric motors themselves are smaller, but also have an improved power-to-weight ratio. The electric motor provides a supplementary 53kW and 163Nm (at full capacity), to boost overall system output to 90kW. (The actual combined power output is lower than the sum of the petrol power output and the electric power output due to a certain amount of power being lost in the transmission.)

The Hybrid powertrain also employs a Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT) gearbox that seamlessly integrates the two drive sources, feeding power to the front wheels. Toyota's latest generation hybrid models utilise a 'starting reduction gear' to improve acceleration from standstill and provide a more direct-drive feeling when taking off. Drivers thus get the comfort and convenience of a 'two-pedal' arrangement while not sacrificing on driveability, performance or fuel economy.  

Speaking of the all-important fuel economy and fuel emissions, the Corolla Hybrid offers an impressively low average fuel consumption figure of 3.5L/100km, while CO2 emissions are equally low at just 81g/km. Combined with a 43-litre fuel tank, the Corolla Hybrid has a theoretical range of over 1200km on a single tank.

The Corolla Hybrid is available in Xs specification only, to offer great value for money without losing out on the desired features and comfort levels. Standard specification includes LED head and taillamps with Daytime Running Lights (DRL) and automatic control, keyless entry, power-adjustable and heated side mirrors and full colour coding. Other cabin niceties include cruise control, climate control, a reverse camera, electric windows all-round, Multi-Information Display (MID) and three-spoke leather steering wheel with steering switches.

The audio system comprises a touchscreen audio with Bluetooth, USB and Apple CarPlay/Android Auto functionality, playing through six speakers.

The Corolla Hybrid rides on bespoke 15-inch alloy wheels, shod with energy-saving 195-65-R15 tyres that boast a low coefficient of friction.

At the time of writing the Toyota Corolla Xs CVT Hybrid is priced at R419 900. A six-services or 90 000km service plan is standard, with service intervals pegged at 15 000km/12 months. Toyota's standard 3-year/100 000km warranty is included and customers have the additional peace of mind of an 8-year/195 000km Hybrid battery warranty. Service and warranty plan extensions can also be purchased at their nearest Toyota dealer (220 outlets).

 

 

 

is it not supposed to be hybridization?  Please just check? [CD1]