The new Toyota Corolla Hatchback and Touring Sports

Toyota Hybrid 2019 Range Preview In Dublin

The new Toyota Corolla Hatchback and Touring Sports
The new Toyota Corolla Hatchback and Touring Sports

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...

The new Toyota Corolla Hatchback in Dublin this week
The new Toyota Corolla Hatchback in Dublin this week

Toyota Camry

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 new Toyota Camry arriving in Ireland in April
The new Toyota Camry arriving in Ireland in April

Toyota Corolla

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.

The new Toyota Corolla Saloon
The new Toyota Corolla Saloon in Dublin

Toyota RAV4

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.

The new Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
The new Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

I look forward to bringing you full road test reviews of these new models in 2019!


The new Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

Toyota Ireland Plotting A Hybrid 'Invasion' In 2019

The new Toyota RAV4 Hybrid
The new Toyota RAV4 Hybrid

Toyota Ireland will launch four new self-charging hybrid models in 2019, including new generations of the Toyota RAV4 and Auris, as well as the return of the Toyota Camry after a 14-year absence, this time as a hybrid.

Toyota is remaining tight-lipped about the fourth model, but we expect more information in September.

Pricing and specifications for these new models will be available from Toyota dealers from the middle of October, and we are told that deposits can also be taken at this time to guarantee delivery for the new 191 registration period in January.

This news from Toyota comes on the back of the decision of the car manufacturer to stop producing diesel cars this year. New hybrid and petrol models will be built on Toyota’s New Global Architecture (TNGA). According to Toyota, the new models will carry "a more modern and highly stylised aesthetic", currently reflected in the design of the popular Toyota C-HR.

The new Toyota Auris Hybrid
The new Toyota Auris Hybrid

New Toyota RAV4 will be sold exclusively as a hybrid in Ireland

The new Toyota RAV4 Hybrid is expected to arrive in dealers in early January 2019 promising a more spacious and comfortable cabin. There will be the option of a bi-tone colour scheme and a new interior with updated Toyota Touch 2 infotainment system with 3D sat-nav mapping, voice recognition and phone connectivity.

Toyota Auris will come in two hybrid flavours

The new generation of the Toyota Auris will be arriving in Ireland from the middle of January 2019. The new Auris sports sleeker styling and a longer wheelbase for more interior space. There will also be a new Auris Touring Sport. The new Auris will be come in the form of a 1.8-litre petrol-electric hybrid or 2.0-litre hybrid. The 2.0-litre hybrid is a sportier variant with more power (180hp) and steering wheel mounted paddles.

New Camry Hybrid on the way in April

The new Toyota Camry Hybrid will arrive in Ireland in April 2019 with a newly developed 2.5-litre hybrid powertrain with a power output of 218hp. According to Toyota Ireland, over 550 people have already expressed interest in the Camry Hybrid and the challenge will be to match demand with the 300/400 allocated supply in 2019.

Toyota Camry Returning To Ireland In 2019
The Toyota Camry will be on sale again in Ireland in 2019 as a hybrid

Steve Tormey, CEO of Toyota Ireland, said, "With a significantly more attractive, dynamic and modern design aesthetic, we believe the new models will quickly catch the eye of drivers who previously might not have considered a Toyota, while our legion of devoted Toyota customers will be eager to get on board with our all-new range.

In March 2018, Toyota announced plans to cease production of diesel passenger cars in line with our ‘Built for a Better World’ brand promise and in doing so solidified our leadership and commitment to making cars that are better for the environment and consumer health through improved air quality. With hybrid now representing 52% of our total car sales, we expect that the new models will drive a strong upward shift to these numbers next year, as more and more drivers naturally migrate away from diesel.”