Toyota South Africa recently announced the introduction of two new hybrid models into the South African market. The Corolla and RAV4 now have hybrid variants in the local market, with a locally-built hybrid version of Toyota Corolla Cross said to be unleaded in early November 2021.
Before now, hybrids had a rare presence in South Africa with the only Toyota hybrid on sale being the Prius that has been very popular in more developed countries for many years now.
Corolla 1.8 XS CVT Hybrid
The Corolla 1.8 XS CVT Hybrid is only one of the models of Corolla unleashed recently already on sale across South Africa at leading dealerships that specialize in the Toyota brand. The current retail pricing is R419,900. It comes in only one version but in 7 different colours.
The sedan has a 1.8 petrol engine capacity, has Continuously Variable Transmission (CVT), and can seat 5 passengers comfortably. Toyota claims this vehicle consumes only 3.5 litres of petrol per 100 kilometres.
It has cruise control as Standard, auto air-conditioner, electric power steering. The entertainment system natively supports Android Auto as well as Apple CarPlay.
The standard colours are Platinum White Pearl, Celestite Grey Metallic, Crimson Metallic, Satin Silver Metallic, Pearl White Metallic and Glacier White.
Other optional colours are Moonlight Ocean Metallic, Cinnabar Red, and Dark Blue Metallic.
The front-wheel-drive vehicle comes with a 3-year warranty or within the first 100,000 km.
RAV4 2.5 GX CVT Hybrid
The RAV4 2.5 GX CVT Hybrid starts at R555,300.00.
It comes with a 2.5 petrol engine capacity with a claimed fuel consumption of 4.7 litres per 100 kilometres. It has CVT system and seats 5 passengers comfortably.
The RAV4 Hybrid SUV is a front-wheel drive driven by a Petrol SFI +D-4S fuel system with a maximum speed of 200 km/hr.
It has cruise control as standard, comes with a reverse camera, electric power steering, and the entertainment system natively supports Android Auto as well as Apple CarPlay.
You can choose between the 4 standard colours Glacier White, Pearl White Metallic, Chromium Silver, and Graphite Grey Metallic.
The optional colours are Caribbean Blue, Cinnabar Red, Urban Khaki and Moonlight Ocean Metallic.
The warranty covers the vehicle for the first 3 years or up to 100,000 kilometres.
The Hybrid Battery is covered for the first 195,000 kilometres or the first 8 years.
Corolla Cross 1.8XR CVT Hybrid
The Corolla Cross 1.8XR CVT Hybrid coming by the end of 2021 would start from R448,300.
Prius 1.8 CVT
The Prius 1.8 CVT is currently available in South Africa with pricing from R577,800.
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