Toyota takes its leadership in hybrids to a new level with the gasoline-electric Corolla. The compact car will be the first model from Toyota to offer two different hybrid variants. One will be a high-performance version.
The aim is for the Corolla to match the success of the RAV4, for which 80 percent of all sales are hybrids. As with the RAV4, Toyota will not offer a diesel version of the Corolla. Toyota previously sold the hatchback and wagon versions of the car as the Auris in Europe.
The high-performance hybrid, available on the Corolla hatchback and station wagon versions, has 180 hp from a 2.0-
liter gasoline engine along with fuel consumption of 3.7 liters per 100 kilometers. This system is not available in the Corolla sedan. All three variants, however, offer Toyota's 1.8-liter, 122-hp hybrid drivetrain, which has fuel consumption of 3.3 liters per 100 km. This powertrain is also offered in the Toyota Prius.