Toyota Adds Corolla Hybrid

Toyota Motor Corp. will offer a hybrid version of its redesigned Corolla compact sedan, which is due to bow next spring in global markets.

The hybrid sedan will be offered in 90 countries, including the U.S. Toyota already sells hybrid versions of the Corolla hatchback in select markets.

Toyota unveiled the 2020 Corolla sedan this week at the Guangzhou auto show. More details about the hybrid version will be announced later this month at the Los Angeles auto show.

As with the new Corolla hatchback, which debuted this summer, the sedan rides on Toyota’s New Global Architecture. The next-generation model continues to feature a 106-inch wheelbase and is wider than its predecessor, but its overall length shrinks slightly. A multi-link rear suspension replaces the torsion beam in the current model.

Several powertrains will be available in non-hybrid models, including a new 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine with direct injection, variable-valve timing and a 13:1 compression ratio to help boost fuel economy. Featuring a high thermal efficiency of 40%, the engine delivers 169 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque.

The engine is mated with Toyota’s latest continuously variable transmission, which uses a fixed first gear for starting and can simulate a 10-speed manual transmission in sport mode. The new design enables the use of smaller transmission belts and pulleys, which Toyota says enables 20% quicker shifting than conventional CVTs. Buyers also can opt for a 6-speed manual gearbox.

The Corolla is Toyota’s all-time best-selling vehicle, with global sales of more than 46 million units (including derivatives) since the car bowed in 1966. The new model is the 12th generation.