52 years since its introduction, the most efficient Corolla in history is almost ready for U.S. consumption! Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – November 28, 2018 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid! Los Angeles, CA -- From the 2018 LA Auto Show, Toyota introduces the refreshed 2020 Toyota Corolla but this time as a hybrid with a 50+ mpg combined rating! While the Big 3 have or will soon be leaving the C-segment, Toyota’s 2020 Corolla Hybrid runs head first into the gap by adapting Toyota’s Hybrid Synergy Drive directly from the hyper efficient 4th gen Prius. The hybrid powertrain and battery in the new Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) Corolla platform have lost little cargo or passenger volume vs the std. Gas model while offering a 60/40 split fold down rear seat. The new hybrid system combines the very familiar akinsonized 1.8L I4 engine with two motor/generators through an electronically controlled planetary-type continuously variable transmission (CVT) transaxle. Combined system output of 121 horsepower yields enough performance to meet anyone’s daily needs. New Battery, Older Chemistry The Ni-MH battery pack employs a newly developed technology called Hyper-Prime Nickel to boost battery performance in a smaller and lighter package. A preload differential torque during low loads and low differential rotation is distributed to the left and right wheels, yielding improved stability. At mid-range and high engine loads, the preload differential functions as an open differential. I need more detail on this however… 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Exclusives The Corolla Hybrid rolls on 15” alloys w/ low-rolling resistance tires. The new multi-link rear suspension improves both handling and ride comfort. A 7-inch Multi-Information Driver Display (MID) includes the speedometer and hybrid system indicator/real-time battery charge status indicator. Drivers who like the visual appeal of seeing engine rpm can choose to display a tach. 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Infotainment The 2020 Corolla Hybrid includes standard Entune 3.0 Audio with an 8” touchscreen; six speakers; Apple CarPlay; Amazon Alexa; Entune 3.0 App Suite Connect; Safety Connect; Wi-Fi Connect; Scout GPS Link Compatible; Siri Eyes Free; auxiliary audio jack and USB 2.0 port with iPod connectivity and control; AM/FM; MP3/WMA playback capability; voice recognition training and tutorials; hands-free phone capability; voice recognition; music streaming via Bluetooth; customizable home screen, and weather/traffic information via Entune 3.0 App Suite. And it is still missing Android Auto. In other words, Scout GPS sucks Toyota!!! 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Safety The Corolla Hybrid features eight standard airbags and Toyota’s Star Safety System, which includes Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist, Anti-lock Braking System, and Smart Stop Technology. All Corolla models come equipped with a standard backup camera. Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 is also standard and includes PCS (Pre-Collision System), Full-Speed DRCC (Dynamic Radar Cruise Control): capable of low-speed following up to speeds of about 24 mph. The Corolla can stop when the vehicle ahead comes to a stop, maintaining an appropriate distance to it. LDA (Lane Departure Alert) w/ Steer Assist: Designed to give the driver audible and visual warnings and, if necessary. It also detects excess weaving within the driving lane that might indicate driver distraction, inattention or drowsiness. LTA (Lane Tracing Assist): LTA is a lane centering function that will make constant steering inputs to help the driver keep the vehicle in its lane. AHB (Automatic High Beam) and RSA (Road Sign Assist) round out the system. Toyota’s promise to create hybrids that do not look like hybrids are beginning to show their face. Camry, Avalon, ES 300h, and RAV4. Add the Corolla to the list and they have covered just about all the bases. With an on-sale date this coming Spring, I cannot wait to drive this new super sedan!