Toyota Corolla goes hybrid-only for 2020
Toyota has updated the Corolla by discontinuing its 1.2-litre petrol engine and adding a pair of new special edition models
With the 114bhp 1.2-litre four-cylinder, turbo-petrol engine being axed from it leaves buyers with a choice of a 120bhp 1.8-litre or 177bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol-hybrid drivetrains. It makes the Corolla the sole hybrid only hatch in its class.
Both powertrains will be mated to a CVT automatic gearbox. The lower-powered unit offers a 0–62mph sprint of 10.9 seconds and claimed economy figures of 57.7mpg. The 2.0-litre hybrid gives the Corolla hatch a 0–62mph time of 7.9 seconds and claimed economy figures of 54.3mpg.
Toyota’s first special edition model is called the GR Sport, which features a range of sports-inspired upgrades to the hatchback and estate variants. The second special edition model, called the Corolla Trek, outfits the estate with a handful of rugged, crossover-esque add-ons.
The Corolla GR Sport comes with black 18-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, privacy glass, front fog lamps and a reworked body kit with a new front bumper, deeper side skirts and a more aggressive rear diffuser. Buyers also get a pair of sports seats, a reupholstered interior and an exclusive two-tone paint finish.
The Corolla Trek is the result of an agreement between Toyota and the American bicycle manufacturer Trek, with the Japanese car firm providing a fleet of Corolla Trek estates as support vehicles for the teams competing in the Trek-Segafredo World Tour bicycle race.
It receives a 20mm increase in ride-height, front and rear skid plates, 17-inch alloy wheels, black plastic wheel arch mouldings, rear privacy glass, LED headlights, front fog lamps and an optional roof-mounted bike-rack. Inside, the new model gets a seven-inch infotainment system, two-tone cloth upholstery and matching wood trim.
Prices for the Corolla GR Sport start from £28,025 for the lesser-powered hatchback variant, climbing to £31,020 for the 2.0-litre-engined estate. The Corolla Trek starts at £29,160 and rises to £30,885. Deliveries for both special editions are due to arrive in January 2020.
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