The new Toyota Corolla will use the 1.5-litre petrol engine that will power the 2018 Maruti Ciaz.

Maruti Corolla Altis Front
Toyota Corolla’s 1.8-litre engine will be replaced by Maruti’s 1.5-litre motor

Maruti and Toyota have formed a joint alliance under which both the companies will be supplying cars to each other. Maruti will be supplying its Vitara Brezza and Baleno models to Toyota while the Japanese manufacturer will give its Corolla to Maruti. Until now, this alliance was known to be only for providing joint manufacturing and sales of the cars but a new development suggests there is more.

While the Toyota Corolla will be given to Maruti, new reports suggest that Maruti will supply its 1.5-litre petrol engine to Toyota for the new Corolla. This same engine will also be powering the soon to be launched 2018 Maruti Ciaz. The launch of the new Corolla however will be around the year 2020.

The petrol engine that currently powers the Toyota Corolla is a 1.8-litre motor that churns out 138 HP at 6400 RPM and 173 Nm of peak torque at 4000 RPM. The new 1.5-litre petrol engine in its current state of tune puts out less power at 103.5 HP at 6000 RPM and 138 Nm of peak torque at 4400 RPM. So, a re-tune by Toyota cannot be ruled out.

It is not yet known if Maruti’s Smart Hybrid Vehicle System (SHVS) will also be carried over to the new Toyota Corolla. We think the SHVS or an indigenous Toyota hybrid system will be used as the company will want to compensate for the lower power from the 1.5-litre petrol engine. If this happens, then the Corolla should be able to get a claimed mileage of nearly 21.56 km/l just like the 2018 Maruti Ciaz. The hybrid system will also enable the Corolla to meet the BS6 emission norms and be future ready.

The alliance between Maruti and Toyota seems to go deeper than earlier thought. Maruti will even be investing 1 billion dollars in Toyota’s India plant for expansion. The first rebadged car from this arrangement will be the Maruti Baleno that will be introduced in mid-2019. Maruti will also be reentering the D-segment with its version of the Toyota Corolla.

Maruti 1.5-Litre Petrol Engine

– The 1.5-litre petrol engine will be supplied by Maruti to Toyota for the new Corolla
– This engine will also power the 2018 Maruti Ciaz and the upcoming Maruti Ertiga
– Launch of the new Toyota Corolla will be around the year 2020

2018 Toyota Corolla Altis Review Test Drive
Toyota should go for an indigenous or Maruti’s SHVS hybrid system to compensate for the lower power

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