At the CV Show 2021 in Birmingham, a new van was presented with the Toyota Corolla Commercial. It is based on the Corolla Touring Sports hybrid station wagon and is built alongside this car at Toyota’s Burnaston, Derbyshire plant.
As with other passenger-car-based commercial vehicles, the Corolla Commercial doesn’t have many drastic changes from its passenger. The main difference is the removal of the rear seats, which have been replaced with a long, flat cargo area that extends from the steel mesh wall behind the front seats to the tailgate. The rear side windows have also been darkened, while the controls for the power windows have been deactivated. At the front, the Corolla Commercial is identical to the station wagon, so it feels much less like a commercial vehicle than a specially built van.
Under the skin, the Corolla Commercial uses the same 1.8-liter hybrid gasoline powertrain as the lower hatch and Touring Sport versions. Preliminary fuel economy values of up to 62.7 mpg are predicted so daily running costs will be low. The emissions go down to 102 g / km. However, since the tax for light commercial vehicles is currently levied at a flat rate, this has no influence on the operating costs.
Speaking at the launch of the Toyota Corolla Commercial, Mark Roden, Toyota Operations Director said, “With its full hybrid powertrain, Corolla Commercial will offer customers an exceptionally versatile vehicle that can be driven emission-free and fuel-free on short city trips, giving you the freedom to make longer trips to do without charging the battery. Toyota’s hybrid technology has proven to be reliable and offers day-to-day savings in operating costs thanks to its fuel efficiency. It is a unique addition to the Toyota Professional range and the wider light commercial vehicle market, and we are confident that it will generate a lot of interest. “
The Corolla Commercial expands the Toyota Professional range, which includes Hilux, Proace, Proace City and Land Cruiser Utility Commercial. The newcomer will go on sale in the summer of 2022, with prices expected to start at around £ 22,000.
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