Toy­ota to launch four new self-charging hy­brid models

The Argus - - MOTORS -

2019 will see the launch of four new dy­namic, game-chang­ing Toy­ota self-charging hy­brid models in­clud­ing new gen­er­a­tion ver­sions of RAV4, Auris, and the re­turn of the world’s best-sell­ing sa­loon car, the Camry Hy­brid, af­ter a 14-year ab­sence and the first Corolla Hy­brid which will hit Ir­ish shores in Fe­bru­ary.

Renowned as the world’s best-sell­ing car, with more than 45 mil­lion ve­hi­cles sold world­wide since its introduction in 1966, the first-ever Corolla hy­brid will be charged with a 1.8 hy­brid pow­er­train and will carry a more mod­ern and stylised aes­thetic and will re­flect the ‘fun-to-drive’ phi­los­o­phy that’s in­te­gral to the TNGA sys­tem and the new game-chang­ing hy­brid gen­er­a­tion.

Prices and grade level in­for­ma­tion for all models will be avail­able from Toy­ota deal­ers na­tion­wide from Oc­to­ber 18th 2018, where de­posits will be taken to guar­an­tee early delivery in 191.

How­ever given sup­ply re­stric­tions in Q1 ’ 19, Toy­ota is en­cour­ag­ing cus­tomers not to de­lay and talk to their lo­cal Toy­ota dealer af­ter the 18th Oc­to­ber to avoid dis­ap­point­ment.

In line with Toy­ota’s de­ci­sion to cease pro­duc­tion of diesel cars this year, the mar­que’s ex­clu­sive range of hy­brid and petrol models will be based on the new Toy­ota de­sign ar­chi­tec­ture TNGA. The new models will carry a more mod­ern and highly stylised aes­thetic, cur­rently re­flected in the de­sign of the phe­nom­e­nally pop­u­lar C-HR. TNGA places en­thu­si­ast-ori­ented ‘ fun to drive’ char­ac­ter­is­tics and al­lur­ing styling on an equal foot­ing with su­perla­tive build qual­ity, even bet­ter fuel econ­omy and en­vi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fits, all of which makes the in­no­va­tive 4th gen­er­a­tion Hy­brid models a game changer.

With de­posits taken from Oc­to­ber 18 un­til first ar­rivals into Toy­ota deal­ers from the first week in Jan­uary 2019, the 4th gen­er­a­tion 2.5 litre hy­brid RAV4 is 10mm wider and 30mm longer wheel­base than its pre­de­ces­sor and of­fers a more spa­cious and com­fort­able cabin com­bined with an in­creased lug­gage space of up to 580L. Its stun­ning rugged ex­te­rior styling with op­tion bi-tone colour scheme com­ple­ments its mod­ern lux­u­ri­ous in­te­rior com­plete with an up­dated in­fo­tain­ment sys­tem in the guise of an up­dated ver­sion of Toy­ota Touch 2 with 3D sat-nav mapping, voice recog­ni­tion and phone con­nec­tiv­ity.

Mark­ing the third gen­er­a­tion of the in­cred­i­ble pop­u­lar C seg­ment car, the all new Auris boasts a vis­ually dis­tinc­tive and in­di­vid­ual look with a lower stance and more ap­peal­ing pro­por­tions. With a sleeker de­sign than the pre­vi­ous model, the 2019 Auris’ has a 40mm longer wheel­base, while its height has been re­duced by 25mm. The Tour­ing Sport will be con­sid­er­ably longer wheel­base than the out­go­ing model by 100mm, make it an at­trac­tive fam­ily car.

The Auris is avail­able in both a new 1.8 litre hy­brid and a new 2.0 litre hy­brid op­tion. The 4th gen­er­a­tion 1.8 litre pow­er­train sys­tem ful­fils all the re­quire­ments that cus­tomers have come to ex­pect from a Toy­ota full hy­brid pow­er­train – low cost of own­er­ship, self-charging, out­stand­ing fuel econ­omy and low CO2 emis­sions, as well as up to 50% all-elec­tric driv­ing on the ev­ery­day com­mute. It also shows im­proved ride com­fort, sta­bil­ity, han­dling and driv­ing en­joy­ment in­her­ent in the newly adopted TNGA plat­form.

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