During a round-table discussion at the recent Los Angeles Auto Show, a top executive at Toyota confirmed that the company is considering producing an all-wheel-drive equipped Corolla in the near-future.
According to Autoguide website, Jack Hollis, general manager for Toyota in North America, said that the company is well aware that consumers here are interested in benefiting from this type of technology, and is leaving the door wide open to introducing an AWD Corolla.
Toyota has already stated that it wants to grow its offer of vehicles equipped with hybrid systems. The Prius’s AWD-e system, which incorporates electric power and four-wheel drive, would meet two needs simultaneously for a model like the Corolla.
Toyota confirmed that it would be technically feasible for the new Corolla to integrate the hybrid AWD system. The Corolla hybrid unveiled in Los Angeles features a front-wheel drive system. As for the Corolla Hatchback, it does not feature hybrid technology, and for the moment Toyota has no plans to introduce it.
Meanwhile, the new Prius AWD-e unveiled in Los Angeles does get the system, which is also in use in the Lexus UX250h sold in North America.