A few weeks ago, Toyota officially revealed the all-new Corolla Altis at the 2018 Guangzhou International Automobile Exhibition. Borrowing styling cues from the hatchback and wagon body styles, the all-new sedan features a sharp-looking exterior, along with a roomy and feature-packed interior.
Now, Toyota has introduced a new variant of the Corolla in the form of a hybrid. Yes you read that right; it gets the same sleek exterior styling as the sedan but has a more fuel efficient powerplant that Toyota claims can return over 21.0 km/l combined.
Under the hood, the Corolla Hybrid gets the same 1.8-liter hybrid powertrain as the Prius. It gets an additional motor at the back which powers the rear wheels, along with a nickel-metal hybrid battery pack. Combined, the hybrid system produces a total system output of 122 PS.
To help make the most out of the hybrid system; Toyota tinkered with the engine to have less friction, as well as have better thermal efficiency. In addition, the 1.8-liter 2ZR-FXE can switch between Otto and Atkinson cycles to extract more energy from the fuel, depending on the load. It also has an electric-driven water pump which reduces engine load, as well as regenerative braking that gathers energy for the battery pack.
Like the Prius, the Corolla Hybrid is available with three driving modes; Eco, Normal and Sport. Eco improves the system's efficiency by limiting power in response to the accelerator pedal. Normal, on the other hand, sets the hybrid system for ideal fuel economy and acceleration while maintaing efficiency. Finally, Sport unlocks all available power for better acceleration and overall performance.
Toyota's suite of driver aids and safety features (Safety Sense 2.0) is fitted as standard on the Corolla Hybrid. With it, features such as adaptive cruise control, pre-collision system, lane departure warning, automatic high beam, lane keep assist, and road sign assist can help the driver be safe on the road.
As mentioned earlier, it gets the same exterior design as the standard sedan, apart from a different front and rear bumper design. The only telltale signs that it's a hybrid are the distinct badging and the Toyota logos outlined in blue. It also comes with 15-inch alloy wheels wrapped in low-rolling resistance tires for improved fuel economy.