After overlooking the American market for years, Toyota has finally decided to bring the Hybrid version of the automaker’s bestseller to the U.S. Toyota unveiled a new Corolla Hybrid during the recent LA Auto Show. The Hybrid is only offered in a sedan body. The 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid and regular Corolla sedans are so identical that were it not for the different badges of the Hybrid Corolla, you would not tell them apart.
2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Exterior
The 2020 Toyota Corolla has gained a new design language that features a boxier, squared-off look, a sharper and pointed fascia, as well as new proportions. Except for a blue-tinted Toyota badge on the Hybrid’s snout, the fascia looks unique to that of non-hybrids. Like non-hybrid models, the Corolla Hybrid features similar J-shaped LED headlights whose design is pointed rearwards onto the fenders. The model also has the same huge central intake and a slim upper intake that links the headlights just as is with the non-hybrid Corollas.
On the sides, the hybrid has the same profile as the regular Corolla; it features a blunt snout, short tail section and a slanting roofline. However, the Hybrid rides on 15-inch unique aluminum wheels as opposed to regular Corolla’s 16-, 17-, and 18-inch units. The fenders feature a “Hybrid” badging to distinguish the model from other Corollas.
The rear features horizontal styling elements that enhance the car’s width visually. The angular taillight housings feature LED lighting elements and like the front fascia, there is a blue-tinted Toyota emblem on the trunk lid.
Exterior dimensions of the Hybrid Corolla are also identical to non-hybrid Corollas. It has a wheelbase of 106.3 inches. The front overhang is however 1.3 inches shorter while the rear one is over 0.5 inches longer.
The cabin of the 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid features a simple design with a wide, sweeping dashboard with and horizontal orientation. However, Toyota has hooked the cabin with a bit of affluence with premium finishing such as piano black surrounds, silver liners and a contrast stitching for the upholstery. It is also much cleaner as the center console has fewer switches and buttons. The center console stretches all the way onto the climate control system. The dash has an attractive touchscreen display.
The rear is also spacious because the battery is mounted underneath the rear seats. This has also helped maintain a 60/40 split for easier loading and unloading as well as maximize trunk space. The driver’s armrest is 0.8 inches longer while the hip point has been lowered to ensure the driver is more comfortable.
A 7.0-inch Multi-Information Display screen is mounted on the gauge pod and is standard for all models. The screen displays information regarding how onboard systems are fairing. It also features a tachometer, speedometer, real-time battery charge level indicator, hybrid system indicator, and an ECO accelerator guidance system.
An Entune 3.0 Audio system with 6 speakers, Amazon Alexa, Apple CarPlay, Safety Connect, 3.0 App Suite Connect, Scout GPS Link Compatibility, as well as Siri Eyes Free, are all standard. Toyota also offers USB 2.0 support, an auxiliary audio jack, hands-free control, Bluetooth support, traffic info, and voice recognition.
For safety, the Safety Sense 2.0 (TSS 2.0) is standard; it features a suite of driving aids including a Pre-Collision System, Lane Departure Alert, Full-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Automatic High Beams, Road Sign Assist, and Lane Tracing Assist. The sedan also features 8 airbags, traction control, stability control, smart stop technology, and brake assist.
Drivetrain and Performance
While outside the Corolla Hybrid is identical to non-hybrid Corolla sedans, under the skin, it has a unique drivetrain. Like other new Toyota Hybrid models, the Corolla Hybrid features a Toyota Hybrid Synergy Drive system that sees a 1.8 L, Atkinson-cycle, 4-cylinder engine get paired with two electric motors and a CVT system. Like other Corolla’s the Corolla Hybrid is a front-wheel-drive model. Electric energy is stored in a nickel-metal hydride battery that is mounted beneath the rear seats to save cargo space as well as lower the model’s center of gravity.
According to Toyota, the 2020 Corolla Hybrid will be the most economical Corolla ever; it returns 54 mpg on the city, 50 mpg on the highway and 52 mpg on combined drives placing it almost at par with the Toyota Prius. The vehicle will have an EV mode that will enable the car to drive with electric power only in ideal situations and when the battery has sufficient charge. Other modes of the model include the Normal mode that allows the car to balance between acceleration and efficiency, an Eco mode that improves fuel efficiency and a Sport mode that increases acceleration and lowers fuel economy.
Price and release date
Official prices are not yet out, we estimate that it will be about $ 23,000, but sales of the model will commence in the spring (May) of this year.
The 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid will compete with the Honda Insight and Hyundai Ioniq Hybrid.