Toyota Australia has confirmed the next-generation Corolla Sedan will be its seventh hybrid model as it joins the Corolla hatch, Camry, Prius family and the soon-to-arrive 2019 RAV4 in the hybrid stable.
Unveiled at the Los Angeles auto show this week, the new four-door hybrid sedan will feature the same petrol-electric system from the fourth-generation Prius.
The Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform will underpin the new Corolla sedan which the brand says will deliver improved agility and ride comfort thanks to the low centre of gravity and new multi-link rear suspension.
Powering the hybrid variants of the Corolla Sedan will be a combination of a 1.8-litre four-cylinder petrol engine, two motor generators and a nickel-metal hydride battery pack that resides under the rear seat to allow for maximum cargo capacity.
An EV (electric vehicle) mode will also feature on the hybrid version of the Corolla Sedan which will allow for electric-only driving for short distances which is dependent on certain conditions such as battery charge level. There will also be normal, eco and sport modes.
As with the rest of the new Toyota Corolla range, safety technology will include autonomous emergency braking, active cruise control, lane tracing assist, automatic high beam, seven airbags and a reversing camera.
The new Toyota Corolla Sedan is set to arrive in Australia from late next year with local specifications and pricing expected closer to the launch date. Watch this space!
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