Want a small Hybrid Toyota, but don’t want to be seen in a Toyota Prius, or spend more than $30,000?
Well, WhichCar can confirm the price for the yet-to-be-released Toyota Corolla hybrid is expected to be $26,990 plus on-roads.
This places the petrol-electric hybrid firmly between the Prius C and Prius Hatch models, which start at $22,990 and $34,990 respectively.
The sub-$30k price also slots the Hybrid between the Toyota Corolla SX 7-Speed CVT Sedan ($25,240) and ZR Hatch ($28,990) in the Corolla line-up.
Aside from the hybrid powertrain, the new Corolla model also makes use of a double-wishbone rear suspension setup as a point of difference from the conventionally powered models – which utilise a torsion beam set up.
The car will be powered by a combination of a traditional 1.8-litre petrol engine and an electric motor, producing a maximum system output total of 100kW (73kw combustion/60kW electric).
Drive goes to the front wheels through a CVT automatic transmission.
Full specs and details are yet to be officially confirmed by Toyota locally, but the equivalent European model – Auris Hybrid – gurgles 3.5-litres of fuel per 100km.
WhichCar has contacted Toyota Australia for comment, and are awaiting a response.