The new Toyota Corolla Commercial is the first full hybrid electric van in its class. Developed and built in the UK, this new car-derived van was designed to offer business customers the advantage of high fuel efficiency and low emissions. Its fourth-generation hybrid system gives a generous all-electric driving capability that’s ideal for urban deliveries, while allowing the freedom to make longer trips whenever required, with no need to schedule down-time for recharging.
The van is based on the Corolla Touring Sports estate, so it has a more generous load capacity than vehicles based on a hatchback body. The cargo area has a maximum capacity of 1,326 litres, with easy access through the wide tailgate aperture. The flat load floor has a tough rubber lining and there is a full-height steel bulkhead, interior light and a 12V power outlet. Maximum payload is 425kg and braked trailers weighing up to 750kg can be towed.
Corolla Commercial production
The Corolla Commercial is built at the Toyota Manufacturing UK plant at Burnaston, Derbyshire, and produced on the same assembly line as the Corolla Hatchback and Touring Sports passenger cars. However, the conversion work is carried out in a dedicated area within the plant complex, where the van-specific elements are installed by experienced Toyota technicians in order for the model to meet N1 type approval as a goods vehicle.
Powertrain and chassis
The Corolla Commercial is based on the Corolla Touring Sports 1.8 Hybrid model. This means it features a 1,798cc DOHC Atkinson cycle petrol engine, a compact and powerful electric motor/generator and a lithium-ion high-voltage battery to give a total system output of 120bhp. Quiet and intuitive in operation, this powertrain offers WLTP combined cycle economy figures of 55.6 to 61.4mpg allied to 105 to 115g/km of CO2 emissions. But if you put your foot down, the van can accelerate to 62mph in 11.1 seconds and top-out at 112mph.
The dynamic qualities of the passenger Corolla’s TNGA-C platform are also evident in the Corolla Commercial. Its rigid body structure offers superior protection and impact absorption, while simultaneously enhancing steering feedback and chassis responsiveness. The van also shares the same MacPherson strut front and multi-link rear suspension arrangement.
The transition from Touring Sports to Commercial includes the wholesale adoption of the passenger model’s Toyota Safety Sense active safety and driver assistance features. The advanced technologies listed below are designed to identify accident risks and help prevent or mitigate collisions across a wide range of common driving scenarios.
- Pre-Collision System
- Intelligent Adaptive Cruise Control
- Lane Departure Alert with steering control
- Vehicle Sway Warning
- Lane Trace Assist
- Automatic High Beam
- Road Sign Assist
Corolla Commercial has an equally strong array of passive safety features. In addition to its highly rigid body, there are seven cabin air bags, and vehicle control systems including ABS with brake force distribution, stability control, traction control and hill start assist – all provided as standard. The van is also equipped with the eCall system for automatic SOS alerts to the emergency services in the event of a serious collision.
Corolla Commercial: equipment and pricing
The Corolla Commercial is produced in a single model grade with a high specification that reflects its passenger car roots. Standard features include:
- Full-height metal bulkhead behind the front seats
- Eight-inch multimedia display
- Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
- Reversing camera
- Automatic headlights
- Heated and power adjustable door mirrors
- Dual-zone air conditioning
- Heated and height-adjustable seats with power lumbar adjustment for the driver
The commercial vehicle on-the-road price is £22,149 excluding VAT (£26,510 with VAT). Business customers can take advantage of the following Kinto contract hire agreements:
- £257 plus VAT per month, plus an initial rental of £1,542 plus VAT
- £261 plus VAT per month, plus an initial rental of £1,566 plus VAT (maintenance included)
The standard finish is Pure White, with Eclipse Black and Silver metallic paint options also available. Customers can specify various bundled packs to enhance the vehicle’s appearance and functionality, while individual extras include parking sensors and a towing system.
Warranty cover for up to ten years
In common with all Toyota vehicles, the Corolla Commercial has a three-year/60,000-mile new vehicle warranty. After three years, it qualifies for the free Toyota Warranty programme, which provides an additional 12 months/10,000 miles of cover each time the vehicle has a scheduled annual service at an authorised Toyota centre. This is available until the vehicle reaches ten years old or 100,000 miles, whichever comes first.
As part of the Toyota Professional range of light commercial vehicles, it also comes with five years of roadside assistance and the guarantee of a service appointment within seven days. If the service target is not met, the customer qualifies for a 50% reduction in servicing labour costs.