Toyota has launched the Corolla Axio and Corolla Fielder hybrids in Japan.
On the styling front, the eco-friendly models are distinguished by a new grille, "Synergy Blue" emblems and an available Light Blue Metallic paint job.
Interior changes are more extensive and include special seat upholstery, a faux leather dashboard and a blue-accented leather shift knob. There's also a 4.2-inch multi-information display and a "nanoe" ionizer that removes pollen by releasing "particle ions embedded in minute water droplets."
Both models are powered by a 1.5-liter Atkinson-cycle engine that develops 74 HP (54 kW) and 111 Nm (81 lb-ft) of torque. It is backed up by an electric motor that has a maximum output of 61 HP (45 kW) and 169 Nm (124 lb-ft) of torque. This enables the model to have a combined output of 100 HP (73 kW) and a fuel economy rating of 3.0 L/100km (77.6 mpg US / 93.2 mpg UK) in the JC08 test cycle.
To compensate for the weight of the hybrid's battery system, engineers retuned the suspension and shock absorbers to deliver "outstanding levels of ride comfort and handling stability." The cars have also been equipped with a noise-reducing windshield and additional sound deadening material.
Pricing starts at ¥1,925,000 and Toyota expects to sell 1,000 Axio hybrids and 1,500 Fielder hybrids in Japan each month.