Toyota Corolla Commercial is a hybrid ‘van’

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Cargo-carrying hatchback gets 1.8-litre hybrid powertrain.

Toyota has revealed a new ‘van’ variant of the Corolla Wagon which is claimed to be the first hybrid van in its segment.

The model is powered by a 1.8-litre hybrid powertrain using the same electrification and self-charging technology as the standard Corolla.

“With its full hybrid powertrain, Corolla Commercial will give customers an exceptionally versatile vehicle that can be driven with zero emissions and fuel consumption during short urban runs while also giving the freedom to make longer journeys without the need for battery recharging,” said Mark Roden, Toyota Operations Director.

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“Toyota’s hybrid technology has well-proven reliability and delivers day-to-day savings on running costs with its fuel efficiency. It’s a unique addition to the Toyota Professional range and the wider LCV market and we’re confident it will attract strong interest,” Roden said.

Performance, specification details and load-carrying capacity will be announced when orders open later this year, but Toyota says the model has a towing capacity of 750kg.

The firm also confirmed a combined fuel economy figure of around 5L/100km with an emissions output of between 102g/km and 115g/km.

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The Corolla Commercial will go on sale in summer 2022 in Europe but is unlikely for Australia, although it will be built at the firm’s Barnaston plant in Derbyshire, UK, in right-hand drive.

Jack Warrick

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