After Toyota revealed the 2020 Corolla sedan, they followed up with this.
Despite what you might think, this is not the absolute first hybrid Corolla. However, the new 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid sedan is the first of its kind in the U.S. market. As the rest of Toyota’s passenger car range is hybridized, with the venerable Prius, Camry and Avalon, it’s high time the Corolla sees its own hybrid version. Now, at the 2018 LA Auto Show, that very car has arrived. But is it drastically different from the 2020 Toyota Corolla sedan?
The short answer is not really. On the outside, the Hybrid looks almost identical to the standard sedan, save the blue hybrid badges. However, the new hybrid Corolla does have its own unique wheels and low-rolling resistance tires.
On the inside, the layout between the Hybrid and the standard car are also pretty much identical. As this is a hybrid, you can change settings in the car’s 7.0-inch multi-information display that shows battery status and eco driving guidelines. Drive your hybrid Corolla carefully, and Toyota estimates you’ll get over 50 mpg. The EPA has not released official figures for the Hybrid model just yet.
Toyota adapted the 1.8-liter Atkinson cycle engine and dual electric motor setup from the Prius for the hybrid Corolla. To that end, the system puts out a total 121 horsepower. That power is all sent to the front wheels through a Continuously Variable Transmission. Toyota also uses a nickel-metal hydride battery pack that’s mounted in the floor to keep from encroaching into the cargo space.
The 2020 Toyota Corolla comes standard with the Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 suite and Entune 3.0 with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support. Pricing information isn’t available yet, but the hybrid Corolla will go on sale in spring 2019. Stay tuned to TFLcar.com for more Corolla news, views and real-world reviews! Subscribe to TFLcar and TFLnow for more coverage from the 2018 LA Auto Show.