Report: 2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid Will Replace the Prius C

The decision would reduce the lineup back to two vehicles.

2020 Toyota Corolla Hybrid

Toyota revealed the 2020 Corolla Hybrid back at the 2018 LA Auto Show. Now, in just a few weeks’ time, the first hybrid version of Toyota’s best-selling car will go on sale. According to a spokesperson, the Toyota Corolla Hybrid will be the least expensive hybrid model in the lineup. Exact pricing isn’t available yet, but that means we can expect a base price close to the $21,530 of the 2019 Prius C hatchback.

The company also revealed another piece of information concerning both models. When the 2020 Corolla Hybrid does go on sale this spring, it will replace the existing Prius C. Toyota representatives did not give an exact timeline for when the Prius C will phase out, but the compact hatchback likely has little road left before the company axes it.

That decision will ultimately reduce the Prius lineup back to two models. There’s the standard Prius model and the plug-in Prius Prime. The Corolla name carries serious clout as the company’s best-selling car to date. We’re curious as to whether Toyota may also introduce a Corolla Hatchback Hybrid to offset the loss of the Prius C. For now, however, only the Corolla sedan has been confirmed with the hybrid variant.

The 2020 Corolla Hybrid uses a 1.8-liter Atkinson cycle four-cylinder engine mated to an electric motor. Total system output stands at 121 horsepower, which is a significant improvement on the Prius C’s 99 horsepower. TFLcar is currently on the media event including the 2020 Corolla Hybrid. Stay tuned for more updates!