Toyota to launch Corolla hybrid van

Toyota Corolla hybrid

Toyota has unveiled a commercial variant of its Corolla Touring Sports hybrid estate car.

The new model, which was unveiled at the 2021 CV Show, is scheduled to go on sale next summer.

It’s the first full hybrid van in its class, according to the manufacturer.

Built in Britain at Toyota’s Burnaston plant, the Corolla van uses the same hybrid powertrain technology as the Corolla passenger car.

Toyota Corolla van loadspace

Toyota says this will give business customers the advantage of high fuel efficiency and low emissions, together with the ability to drive on pure electric power in EV mode.

Its introduction strengthens the Toyota Professional range of light commercial vehicles, which includes the Proace Electric medium van and soon-to-be-launched Proace City Electric.

Mark Roden, Toyota (GB) operations director, said: “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.

“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 will attract strong interest.”

The new model is scheduled to go on sale in summer 2022, with prices starting from £22,134 (CV OTR).

Performance and load-carrying capacity specifications are yet to be homologated, but Toyota estimates combined cycle (WLTP) fuel economy of 55.3 – 62.7mpg with 102 – 115g/km CO2 emissions. Towing capacity, again a provisional figure subject to homologation, will be 750kg (braked).

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