We were surprised when Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) said that they’ll be introducing the Corolla Altis with a hybrid option. It certainly broadens the appeal of gas-electric power, especially given the fact that it’s attached to a familiar name.

For some however, the prospect of purchasing a hybrid vehicle sounds rather daunting. With a raft of technologies and electrical bits, it’s enough to scare off prospective buyers. But fear not, as Toyota is reassuring their customers that there is nothing to worry about.

For the peace of mind for those interested in purchasing the Corolla Altis Hybrid, the automaker is offering a whopping 200,000 kilometer (or 5-years, whichever comes first) warranty for the battery packs. That’s according to Jeff Matsuo, Vice President of Technical, Toyota Motor Philippines. He also adds that the battery will last the lifetime of the vehicle, which will depend on how the vehicle is looked after, that is.

But that said, the Corolla Altis Hybrid does not have to be driven or maintained differently. The manufacturer says ownership will be a seamless shift from gas-powered models. That means you can drive your Altis Hybrid in for a service and not be greeted by additional maintenance procedures.

There is, however, only one difference between servicing the standard 1.6 G Altis and this 1.8 HEV : that would be the air filter for the battery packs to keep the latter cool in operation. This part will be replaced during the vehicle’s regular periodic maintenance schedules.

With those in mind, will you consider a hybrid for your next purchase?