Europe’s Toyota Corolla Sedan Gains Hybrid Version For The First Time

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A hybrid powertrain will be introduced in most markets at a later date. Overall, it's certainly a different and more interesting design than the outgoing Corolla - though we'll need to spend more time with it in person to warm up to that mouthy, grille-intensive nose.

The new Toyota Corolla Sedan offers a combined 90kW of power from a four-cylinder petrol engine and two electric motor-generators, for claimed fuel use figures of just 4.2L/100km.

Toyota made a big deal of safety in the hatchback, offering tech like autonomous emergency braking, adaptive cruise control, seven airbags, and a reversing camera across the range, which would suggest the sedan will also be highly-specced when it touches down.

Depending on driving conditions, Toyota claims the Corolla Sedan Hybrid offers up to 50 percent all-electric drive on the everyday commute.

The shift to the TNGA platform has allowed Toyota to lower the centre of gravity of the new Corolla along with widening the front and rear tracks, though the wheelbase remains unchanged from its predecessor at 2,700mm. And the driver's seating position has been moved nearly an inch lower and 1.57-inches farther rearward, adjustments said to improve both comfort and the car's weight distribution.

Toyota says that compared with the previous version, the instrument panel, cowl, hood and beltline height are lower to increase visibility and create the interior's open feel.

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More specifically, the engine lineup includes a hybrid, a first for the Corolla Sedan in Europe.

The new auto is also quieter, the reduction in NVH achieved through increased use of sound-absorbing materials, including Thinsulate, sealants, foams and silencers. The US will get the new mill, which offers 169 hp at 6,600 rpm and 205 Nm of torque at 4,800, along with the 2ZR-FAE 1.8 litre unit carried over from before, but with performance improvements.

A six-speed manual is standard in lower-grade cars, but the engine can also be paired with a continuously-variable transmission complete with 10 artificial "gears" and a mechanical launch ratio for a smoother take-off. A multi-link rear suspension is also a major advance over the torsion beam setup used in the previous generation and works together with MacPherson strut suspension up front. Toyota is also expected to commence the sales of both the Corolla and Levin in China after mid-2019.

The vehicle comes equipped with Toyota Safety Sense features, which include active safety systems like lane departure assist with active steering, collision avoidance and mitigation, road sign recognition and radar guided cruise control among others.

The 2019 Corolla Sedan will expand Toyota's Corolla lineup in Europe to three body styles, adding to the existing Hatchback and Touring Sports. As for Japan, Toyota will start selling the sedan and wagon models within 2019.

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