Toyota has revealed that it’s planning to bring in a sedan version of its popular Corolla next year, despite the winds of fashion blowing the opposite direction.
Its trump card? It’ll be a well specced petrol/electric hybrid that will certainly give it a point of difference over its looming arch rival, the new Mazda 3 sedan that will feature the new ultra-efficient Skyactiv-X engine.
While Toyota Australia is being vague about timing, it’s already given an indication of the spec level that the car will ship with. Its mechanical bits, for example, will mimic those found aboard the current Prius; that means a 1.8-litre petrol engine, a pair of electric motors and a battery pack.
The pack size and capacity might change before the car gets here, but we’re betting it’ll still be made from older-tech nickel-metal/hydride cells, which Toyota has used with great success for the last decade.
It’ll also arrive down under with all the active safety found in the Corolla hatch, including AEB, adaptive cruise control, lane keep assist and automatic high beam, along with seven airbags.
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The Corolla Hybrid sedan will count as one of the five battery-assisted products that Toyota is launching up till 2020, including a hybrid version of the all-new RAV4 which is due in 2019.
The previous generation Corolla sedan is still on sale in Australia alongside the all-new hatch.
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