Toyota Ireland held a preview in Dublin this week of their new 2019 range of self-charging hybrids with the new Camry Hybrid, RAV4 Hybrid and Corolla Hybrid family of hatchback, saloon and touring sports (estate) all on display. It was an opportunity to examine these highly anticipated models before their official Irish arrival over the course of the first four months of 2019.
Toyota is consistently one of Ireland’s bestselling brands and in recent years they have put hybrid front and centre of their brand. And there is big ambition for this new product onslaught arriving in 2019 (or ‘hybrid invasion’ as the brand likes to put it). At the preview, we learned that in 2015 just 6% of Toyota’s sales in Ireland were hybrid; in 2018 that figure was 54%; and in 2019 they expect this figure to look more like 80%.
It might sound ambitious but judging by the room of new cars I examined yesterday, there’s plenty to like about this new generation of Toyota hybrids. I will go into more detail below on each of the models. But briefly they all sit on a new TNGA architecture, which is lighter and more rigid with a lower centre of gravity for improved comfort and driving dynamics. Material quality has improved on all models making them even more competitive among their European peers. And new hybrid powertrains promise lower emissions and improved fuel consumption in a world that’s starting to look beyond diesel and petrol for default power. And on that note, Toyota is ending diesel production. So into this brave new world steps new Camry, Corolla and RAV4…
Back in Ireland after a 14 year hiatus, the new Camry will arrive in April. It will be Toyota’s new challenger in the D/E saloon segment. The new Camry uses a 2.5-litre hybrid powertrain with 218hp. In Ireland it will be sold in two trim lines: Sol (from €40,750) and Platinum (from €42,950). Equipment on Sol includes full leather upholstery, 17″ alloy wheels, 7″ Toyota Touch, power seat adjustment, sat nav, smart entry, parking sensors, rear view camera, LED rear lights and power retractable door mirrors. The Platinum grade will add 18″ alloy wheels, LED front fog lights, blind spot monitor, rear cross traffic alert and electrochromatic mirror.
The Auris is no more and derivatives will be renamed Corolla. The new Toyota Corolla will come to Ireland as a Hatchback (January), Touring Sports and Saloon (February). It will be available as a 1.8-litre (122hp) or 2.0-litre (180hp) hybrid with fuel consumption claimed from 3.4l/100km and emissions from just 77g CO2. There will also be a 1.2-litre petrol offering with 116hp.
The Corolla Hatchback Hybrid will be available in three grades: Luna (from €26,995), Luna Sport (from €28,995) and Sol (from €30,115). Standard equipment will include 16″ alloys, Toyota Safety Sense including adaptive cruise control and lane trace assist, LED headlights/fog lights and 8″ Toyota Touch.
The new Corolla Touring Sports Hybrid will be available in two grades: Luna (from €26,995) and Sol (from €30,115). Standard equipment includes 16″ alloy wheels, Toyota Safety Sense with adaptive cruise control and lane trace assist, LED headlights/fog lights, 8″ Toyota Touch, and rear camera.
The Corolla Saloon is available for the first time as a self-charging hybrid and will feature a 1.8-litre hybrid powertrain with automatic transmission as standard. A 1.6-litre petrol engine is also available. The new Corolla Saloon will be available in three grades: Luna (from €27,700), Luna Sport (from €29,995) and Sol (from €31,705). Standard equipment includes climate control, 16″ alloy wheels, Toyota Safety Sense with adaptive cruise control and lane trace assist, LED front fog lights, 8″ Toyota Touch, and rear camera.
From January, the new Toyota RAV4 will be sold in Ireland exclusively as a 2.5-litre petrol electric hybrid with more power (218hp) and improved efficiency (4.5l/100km NEDC correlated value and 102g/CO2). Compared to the outgoing model, the new RAV4 has a longer wheelbase and more spacious interior. Luggage capacity is up 41 litres to 542 litres and there is a power tailgate as standard on the range. In Ireland, the new Toyota RAV4 will be available in three grades: Luna (from €37,590), Sol (from €39,590) and Sport (from €40,990). Standard equipment on Luna includes 17″ alloy wheels, Toyota Safety Sense including adaptive cruise control and lane trace assist, LED lights front and rear, 8″ Toyota Touch, parking sensors and rear parking camera. The Sol grade adds 18″ alloy wheels, sat nav, leather-tex upholstery, heated front seats and rear privacy glass. The Sport grade adds 18″ black alloys, bi tone paint scheme, projector LED headlamps, leather-tex sport upholstery and driver power seat.
I look forward to bringing you full road test reviews of these new models in 2019!