Toyo­ta re­mains com­mit­ted to hy­brid po­wer

George Herald - Auto Dealer - - Voorblad -

Toyo­ta Aus­tra­lia has step­ped up the rol­lout of hy­brid mo­dels with con­fir­ma­ti­on that its ad­van­ced fu­el-ef­fi­cient techno­lo­gy will be a­vai­la­ble in the next-ge­ne­ra­ti­on Corol­la se­dan.

The sleek new four-door hy­brid se­dan, un­vei­led at the Los An­ge­les au­to show in De­cem­ber, will a­dopt the la­test pe­trol-e­lec­tric sy­stem from the fourth-ge­ne­ra­ti­on P­ri­us w­hen it is in­tro­du­ced in Aus­tra­lia la­ter in the y­e­ar.

Sharing ma­ny of the fe­a­tu­res and techno­lo­gy of the po­pu­lar Corol­la ha­tch (due in South A­fri­ca e­ar­ly this y­e­ar), the Corol­la se­dan will al­so be a­vai­la­ble with an all-new 2,0-lit­re pe­trol en­gi­ne that in­cor­po­ra­tes both di­rect and port fu­el in­jecti­on.

Hand­ling a­gi­li­ty and ri­de com­fort for the hy­brid and pe­trol Corol­la se­dans be­ne­fit from a highly ri­gid new Toyo­ta New Glo­bal Ar­chi­tec­tu­re (TNGA) plat­form, low cen­t­re of gra­vi­ty and new mul­ti­link re­ar sus­pen­si­on.

Hy­brid va­ri­ants of the Corol­la se­dan will be po­we­red by the com­bi­na­ti­on of a 1,8-lit­re, four-cy­lin­der pe­trol en­gi­ne and two mo­tor / ge­ne­ra­tors through an e­lec­tro­ni­cal­ly con­trol­led con­ti­nu­ous­ly va­ri­a­ble trans­mis­si­on.

The en­gi­ne has been de­sig­ned spe­ci­fi­cal­ly for a hy­brid ap­pli­ca­ti­on, em­ploying the At­kin­son cy­cle that u­ses a very high com­pres­si­on ra­tio (13,0:1) al­ong with a shor­ter in­ta­ke stro­ke and lon­ger ex­pan­si­on stro­ke than the Ot­to cy­cle.

A nic­kel-me­tal hydri­de bat­te­ry pack, lo­ca­ted un­der the re­ar se­at for op­ti­mum car­go ca­pa­ci­ty, con­tri­bu­tes to the vehi­cle’s low cen­t­re of gra­vi­ty and the­re­fo­re its on-ro­ad a­gi­li­ty. The hy­brid Corol­la se­dan al­so has an EV (e­lec­tric vehi­cle) mo­de that al­lows it to be o­pe­ra­ted so­le­ly on e­lec­tric po­wer for short dis­tan­ces, de­pen­ding upon cer­tain con­di­ti­ons such as bat­te­ry char­ge le­vel.

In ad­di­ti­on to the ex­pected Nor­mal and Eco d­ri­ve mo­des, a sport mo­de al­lows for an in­cre­a­se in po­wer for stron­ger acce­le­ra­ti­on re­spon­se w­hen de­si­red.

Ad­van­ced Toyo­ta Sa­fe­ty Sen­se techno­lo­gy will al­so be a­vai­la­ble on the new Corol­la and in­clu­de Toyo­ta’s la­test pre-col­li­si­on sy­stem, acti­ve crui­se con­t­rol, la­ne-tra­cing as­sist, au­to­ma­tic high be­am, se­ven ai­r­bags and a re­ver­se ca­me­ra. Toyo­ta re­mains com­mit­ted to Hy­brid techno­lo­gy, with a plan to of­fer Hy­brid de­ri­va­ti­ves a­cross the ma­jo­ri­ty of its mo­del ran­ges. The la­test ge­ne­ra­ti­on Hy­brid mo­dels be­ne­fit from hig­her-ef­fi­cien­cy pe­trol en­gi­nes, im­pro­ved EV­mo­de o­pe­ra­ti­on and re­vi­sed CVT-trans­mis­si­on per­for­man­ce.

Mo­del li­ne-up and spe­ci­fi­ca­ti­on de­tail for South A­fri­ca is still un­der con­si­de­ra­ti­on.

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