Toyota to launch four new self-charging hybrid models
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.