The new Corolla Commercial: more power, higher efficiency for Toyota’s hybrid electric van

15th February 2023​

Toyota is immediately introducing the benefits of its wider Corolla range updates to the UK-exclusive Corolla Commercial – the market’s first self-charging full hybrid electric van.

The updated 2023 model matches its Hatchback and Touring Sports passenger car counterparts in adopting Toyota’s new fifth generation hybrid technology. The upgraded 1.8-litre powertrain delivers more power, faster acceleration and a more rewarding drive while maintaining the van’s high fuel and emissions efficiency. The system’s principal components have been comprehensively redesigned to save weight, reduce losses and improve performance – changes that include the introduction of a more powerful lithium-ion battery.

Corolla Commercial further gains the latest Toyota Safety Sense package of advanced safety and driver assistance systems, with more functions and increased hazard detection capabilities.

The van’s useful load-carrying qualities are undiminished, with 1,326 litres of loadspace, the ability to carry a 425kg payload and tow up to 750kg. The conversion from Corolla Touring Sports to Commercial includes a rubber load space lining, full bulkhead grille, interior light and 12v power outlet – work that is carried out by Toyota Motor Manufacturing UK in the Business Revenue Centre at its Burnaston car plant in Derbyshire. Corolla’s “home grown” quality also includes an engine supplied by the TMUK Deeside factory in North Wales.

Corolla Commercial offers customers a perfect solution for meeting the need to reduce carbon emissions without compromising the flexibility and reliability businesses – in particular small enterprises and sole traders – require. Toyota’s full hybrid electric system gives a generous all-electric driving capability that’s ideal for urban deliveries, while ensuring there’s always the freedom to make longer trips whenever required, with no need to schedule down-time for recharging.


The fifth generation of Toyota’s self-charging full hybrid electric technology is the heart of the new Corolla Commercial. Detailed engineering and design changes deliver a better driving experience, higher performance and improved efficiency. The changes include new power control unit and transaxle designs, a more powerful lithium-ion battery and calibration to achieve a more rewarding driving experience with a closer relationship between the driver’s use of the accelerator and the drive force delivery.


Total power from the 1.8-litre system is 138bhp, bringing a 1.7-second reduction in the 0-62mph time to 9.4 seconds. CO2 emissions are from 100g/km, with fuel economy from 64.2mpg (all figures WLTP combined cycle).


Corolla Commercial is available in a single grade with a standard equipment specification that reflects the model’s close relationship to the passenger, in addition to practical features specific to its role as a load-carrying vehicle for business.

Key features include: –

  • Multimedia system with eight-inch display and voice recognition
  • Smartphone integration with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
  • Toyota Safety Sense active safety and driver assistance systems
  • Over-the-air updates for multimedia and safety system software
  • Dual-zone automatic air conditioning
  • Heated front seats with power lumbar adjustment
  • Reversing camera
  • Automatic headlights
  • Full metal bulkhead
  • Rubber-lined load bay
  • Rear window masking film
  • Two individual front seats

The new Corolla Commercial is on sale now with a CV on-the-road price of £24,503 (not including VAT).

As part of the Toyota Professional range of LCVs, it is eligible for five years’ free roadside assistance. Toyota Professional is committed to offering appointments at the customer’s convenience, with work carried out by qualified, Toyota-trained technicians. Customers also gain peace of mind and easier budgeting with transparent service pricing according to vehicle type. Access to the help customers need is made easy with a UK network of more than 100 Toyota Professional retailers. Toyota parts delivery is secured within 24 hours , with all items guaranteed for a minimum 12 months.

Up to 10 years manufacturer’s warranty

In common with every new Toyota, the new Corolla Commercial is eligible for Toyota warranty protection for up to 10 years or 100,000 miles (whichever comes first). This comprises an initial three-year manufacturer warranty, followed by up to a further seven years of service-activated warranty.

For the first three years of the car’s life, owners can have it serviced at a place of their choice. When the new car warranty period expires, they can then benefit from an additional 12 months (or 10,000 miles) warranty when their vehicle has a qualifying service at an authorised Toyota workshop. The warranty is provided at no extra cost, up to a limit of 10 years/100,000 miles. Terms and conditions apply; full details are available at