Spyshots: Toyota Corolla Hatchback Hybrid
With the avalanche of models expected to hit us next year, it's hard to tell which of them will have a bigger impact on the market. In Toyota's case, the high-profile models will come in the form of variants to existing models, packed with mildly revised versions of existing tech.
The carmaker is planning a hatchback offensive next year, with more than one model of this type expected to hit the market. Among them, the hatch version of the Corolla, in fact a mix between a Corolla and an Auris, will play a key role.
Expected to be equipped with pretty much the same engine-electric motor combination, which powers the Prius and the Auris hybrids (a 1.8l Atkinson gasoline engine developing 98 bhp connected to an electric unit that also generates 80 bhp), the model was snapped for the first time while testing in Italy.
There is no additional information available regarding the model, not even the possible release date. Performance wise, it's unclear what the model is capable of but, for comparison, we can use the figures of the Auris, a model somewhat similar in shape and size.
In Auris' case, the hybrid drivetrains an 11.4 second acceleration time for the 0 to 62 mph(100 km/h) sprint and offers a top speed of 112 mph (181 km/h). The car returns a combined cycle fuel economy of 74.3 UK mpg (3.8 l/200km) and CO2 emissions are 89 g/km (when equipped with 15-inch wheels). The Auris Hybrid can run in all-electric mode for distances of up to 1.2 miles (1.9 km) at speeds of up to 30 mph (48 km/h).
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