Small, fun, practical, and standard with a stick

The Toyota Corolla is the best-selling nameplate in the world, with a total of 11 generations coming and going since its introduction way back in 1966. The latest 12th generation broke cover earlier in 2018 at the Geneva International Motor Show flying under the Auris badge, and now it looks like the Japanese brand is bringing the icon to the 2018 New York International Auto Show in an updated hatchback format. Highlights include a fresh exterior style, an incredible amount of technology, sporty chassis tuning, and a standard six-speed manual transmission. But the question is this - does it have what it takes to pique the interest of enthusiasts?

Continue reading to learn more about the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback.

2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Exterior

  • Sharp exterior styling
  • Very large front grille
  • Slim headlights, J-shaped housings
  • LED lighting elements
  • 16- to 18-inches for wheel sizing
  • Chrome detailing
  • Lower, longer, and wider than before
  • Updated proportions
  • Adaptive exterior lighting
  • New paint options
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Basically, Toyota hoped to make the 2019 Corolla look agile and aggressive, and overall, we’d say mission accomplished.

Toyota has been on a tear lately when it comes to exterior styling, and sometimes it works, while other times… well, not so much. Luckily, the 2019 Corolla Hatchback appears to put the company’s latest design language to good use.

Toyota says it followed the theme of “Shooting Robust,” with the first word being an allusion to the sport coupe segment. Basically, the goal was to make it look agile and aggressive, and overall, we’d say mission accomplished.

The new styling starts in front, where the nose is a good deal rounder this time. The grille section dominates here, with a very large opening making up most of the bumper section. The trapezoidal under grille was evolved as part of the Toyota Under Priority Catamaran and Keen Look design language and is meant to emphasize the car’s wider dimensions. Higher up, you’ll find slim headlights, with J-shaped housings that extend out from the central badge surround, wrapping around into the fenders. The checkmark daytime running lights are complemented by Bi-Beam LEDs.

While the busy front end seems to draw most of the attention, the sides are much cleaner. The character lines here lend the machine a forward-leaning rake, starting low and rising towards the tail. The window surrounds are done up in black and get a teardrop-shaped design. Wheel sizing ranges between 16 inches and 18 inches in diameter.

Moving into the rear, we find a rather attractive hatch section. Toyota says the looks is meant to communicate athleticism, and we think it did a good job to this end with its rounded proportions and sharp edges.

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While LEDs and large alloy wheels are offered as standard across the range, there are still a few details to help differentiate between trim levels.

The hatch itself is set at a steeper angle than the model that came before, with Toyota moving it 14 degrees forward for an all-together sportier look. The slim taillights match the headlights with additional LED elements throughout, including the diffusing inner lens, which helps to punctuate the vehicle’s stance. There’s also a slick-looking lower lip and chrome diffuser for the rear bumper.

While LEDs, a chrome rear diffuser, and large alloy wheels are offered as standard across the range, there are still a few aesthetic details to help differentiate between the SE and XSE trim levels. For example, the top XSE trim adds 18-inch wheels, LED fog lights, and a chrome front grille surround. It also comes with an available Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS), which is offered as a pairing with the CVT drivetrain. As a reference, AFS actively points the headlights (both vertically and horizontally) for more accurate illumination, utilizing inputs for the steering angle, vehicle speed, and other parameters.

In terms of dimensions, 2019 Toyota Corolla hatch changes it up quite a bit from the outgoing Corolla iM. For starters, the front overhang was decreased by .08 Inches, while the rear overhang was lengthened by 0.8 inches. The whole thing was also lowered by a full inch, and it’s both 1.2 inches wider and 1.5 inches longer than the preceding five-door. It also has wider front and rear tracks, and a longer wheelbase. The hood is two inches lower for improved forward visibility.

Exterior color options include Blizzard Pearl, Silver Metallic, Midnight Black, Galactic Aqua Mica, Scarlet, and Oxide Bronze. New for the 2019 model year is a hue called Rival Blue.

Exterior Dimension Comparison

2018 Toyota Corolla iM 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback
Wheelbase 102.4 inches 103.9 inches (+1.5 in)
Overall Length 170.5 inches 172 inches (+1.5 in)
Overall Width 69.3 inches 70.5 inches (+1.2 in)
Overall Height 57.5 inches 56.6 inches (-1.0 in)

2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Interior

  • Cleaner, simpler layout looks great
  • Ridiculous amount of technology packed in
  • New steering wheel design
  • 8.0-inch touchscreen
  • Optional Qi wireless charging
  • Improved NVH
  • Available leather upholstery
  • Entune 3.0 infotainment platform
  • Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa support
  • Second-gen safety feature suite
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The lack of extraneous switchgear makes a big difference, and the sense of “cleanliness” of palpable.

From the off, the interior of the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback looks to be a far nicer place to sit than the outgoing model. Toyota gave it a minimalist layout and horizontal design that appears far more premium than before, with broad surfaces and a clutter-free interface.

The lack of extraneous switchgear makes a big difference. There’s also smaller gaps between the buttons and switches that do remain, and the sense of “cleanliness” of palpable.

Drivers get to grips with a freshly redesigned multifunction steering wheel, which gets a longer downward-facing twin-spoke, decent hand bolsters, brushed trim, and flush-mounted buttons that are easily accessible at thumb’s length. There’s also some slick and sporty lateral supports for the seats. Materials used include silver accents and piano black surfaces, as well as available contrast stitching.

High on the dash, the 2019 Corolla hatch mounts a high-resolution 8.0-inch touchscreen, changing it up from the centrally mounted display seen on the outgoing model. This provides inputs to alter the various vehicle settings, audio system, navigation, smartphone support, and further apps, with the slim climate control interface found below with a small digital readout and a few hard buttons.

Further updates include a dash that’s 0.9 inches thinner than before, while the center console is 1.7 inches wider between the left and right front-seated passengers. The center console is also longer, and it mounts a central tray just ahead of the shifter - a perfect spot to store your wallet or phone. The tray can also be had with an optional Qi wireless charger.

Front passengers now get a lower hip point, which is measured at 10.82 inches. New cushioning provides a more comfortable place to sit, while the cupholders in the front door can hold 24-ounce bottles. There are new cushions in the rear as well, with passengers offered 16-ounce bottle cupholders.

In terms of noise/vibration/harshness (NVH), improvements were made to various bits of the drivetrain, plus there’s additional sound deadening, new seals around the body panel gaps, new resonator ribs, and other touches like Aero Stabilizing Fins on the taillights to help reduce wind noise. While each upgrade isn’t terribly impactful on its own, added together they should make a noticeable difference.

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In terms of noise/vibration/harshness (NVH), several improvements were made that should add up to a noticeable difference.

Now that we’ve covered most of the broader updates, let’s check out the specific gear for each of the various trim levels, including the Corolla’s impressive lineup of technology features.

Starting it off is the SE trim level, which gets automatic climate control, a leather shift knob, paddle shifters, an electronic parking brake, a three-door SmartKey, automatic power windows, and two USB ports in front, all as standard spec.

Upgrading to the XSE trim level brings dual-zone automatic climate control, leather and fabric upholstery, heated front seats, and an eight-way power driver’s seat. There’s also unique stitching added to the instrument panel, door covers, and gauge hood, while a 7.0-inch TFT Multi-Information Display was thrown in behind the wheel, providing drivers with miscellaneous vehicle data and turn-by-turn navigation.

Now let’s talk infotainment. The standard spec includes the Entune 3.0 infotainment platform, as well as Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa support. The SE deploys the platform courtesy of an 8.0-inch touchscreen, and gets six-speaker audio, the Entune 3.0 App Suite Connect, Safety Connect, Wi-Fi, Scout GPS Link Compatibility, Siri Eyes Free, an auxiliary audio jack, a USB 2.0 port, iPod connectivity, AM/FM, MP3 playback, voice command, hands-free phone operation, Bluetooth support, a customizable home screen, and weather and traffic updates.

Higher up in the trim levels is the Entune 3.0 Audio Plus system, which is offered as standard on the XSE and is optional on SE models equipped with a CVT. The Plus part of the package tosses in HD Radio with weather and traffic updates, SiriusXM with Cache Radio, the Entune 3.0 Connected Services, Service Connect, and Remote Connect.

Finally, there’s the range-topping Entune 3.0 Audio Premium, with is offered as an available option on XSE models with a CVT. The Premium includes a JBL stereo with 8 speakers and 800 watts of power, Clari-Fi technology, and 6.7-inch subwoofers mounted in the doors, not to mention Dynamic Voice Recognition, Dynamic Navigation, point of interest search, and Destination Assist Connect.

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The range-topping Entune 3.0 Audio Premium system comes with a JBL stereo rocking eight speakers, 800 watts of power, and 6.7-inch subwoofers.

In addition to a plethora of infotainment gear, the 2019 Corolla Hatchback also comes with the very latest in Toyota’s safety technology, including the first application of brand’s second-generation Safety Sense 2.0 for the North American market.

Highlights include Lane Departure Alert, Lane Tracing Assist, a Pre-collision System with Pedestrian Detection, a Blind Spot Monitor, adaptive cruise control, brake assist, lane-departure warning with steering assist, and automatic high beams.

Finishing it off is the usual backup safety gear, such as seven airbags, enhanced vehicle stability control, traction control, electronic brake force distribution, brake assist, smart stop, and a standard backup camera.

2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Drivetrain

  • Upgraded NA 2.0-liter four-cylinder
  • D-4S fuel injection and Dual VVT-i
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Compared to the outgoing Corolla, the new model offers more power, higher levels of efficiency, and fewer emissions.

Making the go in the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback go is a naturally aspirated Dynamic-Force 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine. Dubbed the M20A-FKS, this powerplant features direct fuel injection,16 valves, DOHC, and Dual VVT-i with a chain drive.

Compared to the outgoing Corolla, the new model offers more power, higher levels of efficiency, and fewer emissions. The engine is also smaller and lighter than the 1.8-liter engine that it replaces, which effectively lowers the overall center of gravity. As a complement to the upgraded interior, the fresh engine contributes to the overall NVH improvements thanks to a more rigid crankcase, lighter resin cylinder head, and ribbed oil pan.

Helping with the burn is a D-4S fuel injection system, which offers both high-pressure direct injection and low-pressure port fuel injection, adapting the fuel delivery method to better suit the situation at hand. There’s also Dual VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing-intelligence), with VVT-iE (Variable Valve Timing-intelligence by Electric motor) for the intake and VVT-i for the exhaust. The VVT-iE uses a single electric motor to control the valve timing, as opposed to oil pressure on a traditional system.

Final details include a longer stroke, a 13:1 compression ratio, larger valve nip angle, more efficient ports, laser clad valve seat, a higher rate of combustion, high tumble flow, and high intake air flow volume.

Horsepower and torque levels not yet been revealed.
As a reference, the current Corolla makes upwards of 132 horsepower, and we’d love it if the Corolla made more than 150 horses, especially when you look at the next paragraph.

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Horsepower and torque levels not yet been revealed, but we’d love it if the Corolla made more than 150 horses.

You see, the transmission options include an all-new Dynamic-Shift CVT (Continuously Variable Transmission), or, more enticingly, a row-your-own six-speed iMT (Intelligent Manual Transmission) gearbox.

For those interested in three pedals, the manual gets downshift rev matching control for buttery-smooth cog swaps. The ‘box is also 15 pounds lighter than before, weighing in at just 88 pounds total, and it’s shorter by about an inch.

If you prefer to leave the shifting duties to the machines, then you can also opt to get into the
CVT, which comes with a simulated ten speeds to run through. It’s also got Sequential Shiftmatic paddle shifters and a Sport Mode. Interestingly, this automatic is also the first-ever passenger vehicle CVT to offer a first-gear launch system. By using a gear drive to pull away from a full stop, this CVT offers improved acceleration, more engagement, and less of that sluggish feeling you’d normally associate with a CVT. Finally, the transmission offers 20-percent quicker shifts between the ratios.

2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Chassis And Handling

  • New TNGA platform
  • Much more rigid
  • MacPherson struts in front, multi-link in the rear
  • Promises behind-the-wheel thrills
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Extra crispy cornering comes courtesy of revisions to the front and rear suspension. Toyota claims it was tuned with sporting intentions.

Under the skin, the 2019 Corolla Hatchback is built on the latest Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform, specifically the TNGA “C” version. It includes additional bracing to make it more of a driver’s machine, as well as a mix of aluminum and high-strength steel to keep it from flexing. All told, the upgraded bones improve torsional rigidity by 60 percent compared to the preceding model.

Further weight savings come courtesy of special materials like Toyota Super Olefin Polymer, or TSOP (the entire rear hatch is made of the stuff), as well as Acrylonitrile Butadience Styrene (ABS) plastic. And, as we all know, less weight is always a good thing.

Extra crispy cornering comes courtesy of revisions to front and rear suspension pieces. The front MacPherson strut gets an updated geometry, as well as revised coil spring rates and revised damping. Meanwhile, the rear multi-link was upgraded with a new stabilizer bar and fresh shocks and springs, as well as new geometry with relocated lower arms and better toe-in angle during high-speed cornering. The shocks were also moved forward a bit, while overall suspension friction was reduced by 40 percent and the center of gravity was lowered by 0.8 inches.

All told, Toyota says the suspension was tuned for sporting intentions: “The end result: A Corolla Hatchback that possesses an uncanny blend of balance, composure, and feel that’ll have its driver pining for windy roads - time and time again,” the brand exclaims.

Sounds promising.

2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Prices

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The 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback is offered in both the XE and XSE trim levels.

There’s no official pricing info as of this writing, but it’s likely to slot in just under the $20,000 mark, matching the outgoing Corolla iM.

Look for the 2019 Corolla to arrive in dealers this summer.

2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Competition

Mazda3 Hatchback

2016 - 2018 Mazda3 High Resolution Exterior
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If the new Corolla hatch truly wants to offer us some performance, then it’s gonna need to take on the Mazda3 hatchback. This thing looks the part of a hot five-door thanks to the brand’s head-turning Kodo design language, with sharp lines and sporty proportions. Under the hood is 155 horses from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder, or 184 horsepower from a 2.5-liter four-cylinder, with both a manual and automatic on the list of transmission options. Throw in Mazda’s superlative handling chops, and this will be one tricky rival to beat on the field of performance.

Read our full review on the 2016 - 2018 Mazda3.

Volkswagen Golf

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If you’re talking about hatchbacks, it doesn’t get much more iconic than the Volkswagen Golf. Known for providing top-notch build quality, attractive styling and design, a good deal of practicality, and even some fun to boot, the Golf ticks all the right boxes for the segment. Motivation is provided by either a 1.5-liter powerplant making upwards of 147 horsepower and 189 pound-feet of torque, or a 1.8-liter making 170 horsepower and 180 pound-feet of torque. With an Audi-inspired interior and tons of rear space, the Golf makes for yet another tough competitor for the Corolla.

Read our full review on the 2018 Volkswagen Golf.

Conclusion

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The 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback is offered as a follow-up to the Corolla iM (also known as the Scion iM), with Toyota dropping the iM nomenclature completely in favor of simply calling it a hatchback. And because it’s a continuation of that youth-oriented model, it makes sense to frame the five-door as something zestier than your average Corolla model.

Of course, the simply ridiculous amount of tech and features that the 2019 Corolla hatch brings to the table certainly don’t hurt its standing among its target audience. But, as you might expect, what we really wanna know about is the way this thing makes its speed.

Indeed, if that 2.0-liter provides a decent amount of power (150 ponies is the bare minimum here, although 170 to 190 ponies would be just about perfect), we’d be overjoyed. Paired with a lightened chassis and six-speed manual, it sounds like quite a tempting offer to us.

Either way, we’re glad Toyota is offering up more practicality in the compact segment. So far, so good. Maybe toss in some higher-trim performance options to sweeten the pot, then call it a day.

  • Leave it
    • * Difficult segment to play in
    • * How sporty is it really?
    • * Polarizing styling

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Press release

Talk about going big in the Big Apple! For the first time in North America, Toyota’s newest, stylish, and most technologically-advanced small car, the all-new 2019 Corolla Hatchback, makes its debut at the New York International Auto Show.

Don’t let its diminutive dimensions fool you – the hatchback, in either SE or XSE grades, is all about making a huge impression. With its lengthy list of standard features that includes Entune 3.0 with Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa Connectivity; a revised sport-tuned suspension and new Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform; and the first North American application of Toyota Safety Sense 2.0, Corolla Hatchback strikes a resounding chord with drivers who value authenticity, utility, practicality, and style.

Hot hatch? More like Haute Hatch.

Indomitable Style

Corolla Hatchback has flair extraordinaire. With a theme of Shooting Robust, along with a design goal of Agile, influencing their every pen stroke, designers created a form that is simultaneously distinct, dynamic, muscular, and sophisticated. Shooting references the design’s sport coupe traits implemented in all facets.

With those concepts in mind, Corolla Hatchback is a meticulously mixed cocktail of emotive lines, creases, and surfaces. It’s lower (by 1.0 in.), wider (by 1.2 in.), and longer (by 1.5 in.) than its predecessor, Corolla iM. It also has wider front and rear tracks, and a longer wheelbase.

Its hood sits two inches lower than before, affording passengers excellent forward visibility. The new frontal styling with a rounded nose and trapezoidal-shaped under grille is a further evolution of Toyota’s Under Priority Catamaran and Keen Look design philosophies, both of which emphasize Corolla Hatchback’s increased width.

Slim, J-shaped Bi-Beam LED headlamps wrap deep into the front fenders and accent the front in both stylishness and precise illumination. Front overhang has been cut by 0.8 inches; at the rear, it’s 0.8 inches longer. Chiseled character lines at its profile link both ends’ protruding flanks making for an active, well-planted expression that is uncommon amongst its peers. Wheel sizes range from 16-inches to 18-inches in diameter.

Its new rear style articulates Corolla Hatchback’s overarching emphasis on athletic presence. The relationship between front and rear design is closely aligned given the rear’s more rounded physique that encompasses simple, condensed, yet powerful, three-dimensional landscapes. Its hatch – now made from TSOP (Toyota Super Olefin Polymer) and ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) – is not only lightweight to aid fuel efficiency, it is set at a steeper angle (moved 14 degrees forward) for that ultimate sporty look. The rear all-LED taillamps feature a diffusing inner lens designed to highlight the hatchback’s stout stance. And the rear bumper styling echoes the frontal Under Priority Catamaran design with its thin lower lip and chrome diffuser.

Differentiation between SE and XSE is distinct. Both grades receive LED headlamps and taillights, chrome rear diffuser, and alloy wheels. XSE ups the ante with 18-inch wheels, LED fog lights, chrome front grille surround, and an available innovative Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS). AFS – available only on XSE CVT – allows for the focused distribution of light in an area that matches the vehicle’s speed and steering angle. The Bi-Beam LED units move vertically and horizontally to provide optimal light output by analyzing steering angle, vehicle speed, and the vehicle’s longitudinal axes angle to adjust lamps.

Corolla Hatchback’s color range includes the new-for-2019 color Rival Blue, as well as Blizzard Pearl, Silver Metallic, Midnight Black, Galactic Aqua Mica, Scarlet, and Oxide Bronze.

PRELIMINARY EXTERIOR DIMENSIONS (vs. MY2018) [difference]
Wheelbase 103.9 in. (102.4) [+1.5 in.]
Overall Length 172.0 in. (170.5) [+1.5 in.]
Overall Width 70.5 in. (69.3) [+1.2 in.]
Overall Height 56.6 in. (57.5) [-1.0 in.]

Inner Emotiveness

Simple. Warm. Inviting. Sensuous. Descriptors like these inspired designers’ efforts when visualizing Corolla Hatchback’s cabin. Sensuous Minimalism marinates the entire capacious space. From their supportive sport seats, front passengers are faced with a neat instrument panel that lends an open, harmonious feeling thanks to its 0.9-inch thinner upper surface and 1.7-inch wider center console dividing passengers.

At the center of the instrument panel resides a standard high-resolution 8-inch multimedia touchscreen. The center stack screen provides access to vehicle settings, audio controls, navigation, smartphone, and Entune 3.0 apps. Climate controls, located below the multimedia portal, are fashioned in a bright, highly visible digitized configuration.

In addition to being wider, the center console is also longer to accommodate a larger variety of passenger physiques and comfort preferences. It incorporates a center tray ahead of the gearshift that can hold small items such as a smartphone or wallet, or if outfitted, serves as the Qi wireless device charging area. A 5.5-inch smartphone can easily fit inside the center console box.

High-gloss materials are paired with matte elements – silver accents with Piano Black and available contrasting stitching – to best accentuate a premium look and feel. The elimination of unnecessary lettering on switchgear, plus, the unification of all materials’ and elements’ shape, color, grain, and gloss, maximize continuity and aesthetic cleanliness. Tactility, too, is minded with the utmost consideration. Keen eyes will appreciate the minimized gaps between buttons and switches; again, furthering Corolla Hatchback’s sophisticated character.

Front passengers’ hip points are lower (to 10.82 inches), and cushioning has been revised, which provides a more natural body posture and position for ideal access to the multifunction steering wheel, pedals, and gearshift. Such optimized seating allows passengers to enjoy Corolla Hatchback’s thrilling dynamics all the better. Front door storage solutions include cup holders capable of accommodating 24-ounce bottles and A4-sized documents. Not to be outdone, rear seats utilize updated cushioning to improve comfort and minimize fatigue. Furthering their convenience are upper door cup holders that accommodate 16-ounce bottles.

The standard amenity list is as impressive as the cabin’s aesthetic. SE grade is equipped with single-zone automatic climate control, leather shift knob, and paddle shifters located behind the steering wheel. An electronic parking brake, three-door SmartKey system, automatic up/down windows, and two front USB outlets are standard as well.

XSE grade builds on SE’s amenity palette by including dual-zone climate control, combination leather (leather with mélange-like fabric) seating, heated front seats, and eight-way power driver’s seat. XSE’s instrument panel and doors receive unique stitching, and behind the multifunction steering wheel, a 7-inch TFT Multi-Information Display (MID) shows vehicle information, turn-by-turn navigation, and various vehicle settings (including those pertaining to Lane Departure Alert, Lane Tracing Assist, Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection and Blind Spot Monitor).

While electrifying in functionality and personality, Corolla Hatchback delivers a civilized, quiet ride. Powertrain drone and road noise have been culled thanks to revised drivetrain efficiencies, plus, the widespread implementation of sound-absorbing materials, sealants, foams, resonator ribs, and silencers. Its TNGA structure utilizes additional seals in its body panel gaps to insulate noise penetration and enhance air sealing performance. Corolla Hatchback’s Aero Stabilizing Fins located on its taillights also combat wind drone.

Multifaceted Multimedia

There’s no shortage of entertainment and connectivity capability inside Corolla Hatchback either. For SE, standard Entune 3.0 Audio includes 8-in. touchscreen; six speakers; Apple CarPlay; Amazon Alexa integration; Entune 3.0 App Suite Connect; Safety Connect; Wi-Fi Connect; Scout GPS Link Compatible; Siri Eyes Free; Auxiliary audio jack and USB 2.0 port with iPod connectivity and control; AM/FM; MP3/WMA playback capability; Voice Recognition training and tutorials; Hands-free phone capability; voice recognition and music streaming via Bluetooth; Customizable Home Screen; and Weather/Traffic info via Entune 3.0 App Suite.

Entune 3.0 Audio Plus, which is standard on XSE and optional on SE CVT, adds HD Radio and Weather/Traffic info; SiriusXM with Cache Radio; Entune 3.0 Connected Services; Service Connect; Remote Connect. Topping the range is Entune 3.0 Audio Premium that’s optional on XSE CVT. The system includes a JBL 8-speaker 800-watt system with Clari-Fi; Dynamic Voice Recognition; Dynamic Navigation; Dynamic POI Search; and Destination Assist Connect.

The JBL audio experience with Clari-Fi – having such a complete orchestration of advanced power output, hardware, structure, and software – is engineered to impress even the most perceptive audiophile.

Other JBL audio system highlights include:

Free Standing Horn Tweeters
Located in the A-pillar at ear level for optimal high-frequency performance
Next-Generation HID8 Amplifier
800-watts of total power, with better performance and efficiency
6.7-inch Door Subwoofers
More powerful deep-bass response
Premium JBL Branding
Located on A-pillar, door trim, and head unit
Sealed Inner Door Panels
Promote cleaner, more power bass
Wide Dispersion Midrange Speakers
Provide full range sound for rear passengers
Clari-Fi Technology
Analyzes, rebuilds, and restores audio signals that were lost In the digital compression process

Rounding off Corolla Hatchback’s connectivity are two USB terminals (located inside the center console and instrument panel) and one AUX port (located on the instrument panel).

A Driver’s Hatchback

Corolla Hatchback’s seamless unification of comfort and sporty controllability begins at its TNGA C platform. The compact structure employs a mixture of adhesives, spot welding, and additional bracing – top to bottom, side to side – for the benefits of driver controllability and low fuel consumption. On-road feel and fuel efficiency is further refined through the extensive use of aluminum and high- and ultra-high tensile steel in the lighter-weight chassis and body. In fact, torsional rigidity is improved a massive 60 percent compared to its predecessor.

Affixed to this musculature are revised front and rear suspensions. Its front MacPherson strut setup’s geometry is changed (i.e. updated bound stopper clearance; stabilizer location) and incorporates other key augmentations like revised coil spring rate and damping force, and reduced friction in sliding parts. This all makes for a high-quality steering feel, ride comfort, and handling stability.

At the Corolla Hatchback’s rear multi-link suspension with stabilizer bar, responsiveness is sharpened through updated shock absorbers and springs, and like the front, geometry is slightly modified. Lower arm locations have moved (for improved toe-in angle during higher-speed maneuvering), as has shock absorber placement (moved forward for better cargo capacity and reduced longitudinal low frequency input). Overall, front and rear suspension friction has been reduced by 40 percent, and its center of gravity is cut by a substantial 0.8 inches.

The end result: A Corolla Hatchback that possesses an uncanny blend of balance, composure, and feel that’ll have its driver pining for windy roads – time and time again.

The Heart of Fun-to-Drive

TNGA isn’t just the genesis of Corolla Hatchback’s astute footwork and balance: An all-new TNGA-based powertrain is the heart of Corolla Hatchback’s Fun-To-Drive identity. Its 2.0-liter Dynamic-Force direct-injection inline four-cylinder engine (M20A-FKS) adopts the latest in Toyota technology and structural efficacies for gains in power, fuel efficiency, and cleaner emissions.

Physically, the engine is smaller and lighter than its 1.8-liter four-cylinder predecessor, which helps to lower Corolla Hatchback’s center of gravity and benefits its overall balance. The 2.0-liter is also quieter for improved Noise Vibration Harshness (NVH) with additions like a more rigid crank case with integrated stiffener; a lighter resin cylinder head; and a ribbed oil pan.

The M20A-FKS is equipped with Toyota’s latest D-4S fuel-injection that uses high-pressure direct-injection and low-pressure PFI (Port Fuel Injection). The setup adapts its injection method based on driving conditions so that ideal combustion is executed. The engine also features Dual VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing-intelligence), with VVT-iE (Variable Valve Timing-intelligence by Electric motor) on the intake side and VVT-i on the exhaust. VVT-iE uses one electric motor instead of oil pressure to control the variable valve timing. Together, the valve timing systems enhance power output and fuel mileage, and cut harmful emissions.

Other notable improvements to the Dynamic-Force engine include:

Longer stroke
Compression up to 13:1
Enlarged valve nip angle
Enhanced intake port efficiency with laser clad valve seat
Key Benefits:
Higher rate of combustion, high tumble flow, and high intake air flow volume
Pistons with round top surface and slanted side wall
Key Benefits:
Consistent tumble flow and rapid combustion maintained
Less knocking and higher compression ratio
Friction reduction between piston skirt and cylinder
Lubrication enhanced with three oil jets dedicated to each cylinder
Key Benefits:
Better MPG, dynamic performance, less knocking, and less oil consumption
Lighter weight timing chain
Key Benefits:
Low cabin noise and reduced friction
Drain path within crank case to return oil from cylinder head to oil pan
Key Benefits:
Less oil agitation caused by the crankshaft, which means less rotation resistance
Connecting Rod made of high strength steel with optimized shape
Key Benefits:
Reduction in weight
Camshaft with concave profile
Key Benefits:
Increased valve lift amount
Optimized water jacket in head and block
Key Benefits:
Enhanced cooling and reliability

PRELIMINARY ENGINE SPECIFICATIONS
Engine Model M20A-FKS
No. Cylinders and Arrangement 4-cylinder, inline
Valve Mechanism 16-valve DOHC, chain drive with Dual VVT-i (Intake: VVT-iE, Exhaust: VVT-i)
Bore x Stroke (mm) 80.5 x 97.6
Displacement (cc) 1987
Compression Ratio 13.0:1
Fuel System Direct Injection, Port Injection
Horsepower / Torque TBD / TBD

Be they a commuter or canyon cruiser, drivers will appreciate Corolla Hatchback’s available transmissions: an all-new Dynamic-Shift CVT (K120), or a six-speed iMT (Intelligent Manual Transmission) gearbox (EG60). The Dynamic-Shift CVT has simulated 10-speed Sequential Shiftmatic steps, Sport Mode, and paddle shifters. It features a number of innovative elements, including the world’s first launch gear in a passenger vehicle CVT.

Having a launch gear facilitates improved transmission efficiency in lower gear ratios where belt efficiency is typically poor. The transmission system utilizes gear drive when starting from a full stop, resulting in powerful acceleration, while at the same time, resolving the momentary sluggish feeling that was previously present during accelerator operation. Both smooth and comfortable launch performance are realized. When switching from gear drive to belt drive, the transmission system uses highly responsive gear change control technologies cultivated from automatic transmission technology.

With its launch gear in place, the belt has been tuned for higher gear ratios. This new setup not only improves the efficiency of belt operation, but it also enables the adoption of wider gear ranges, thereby realizing a class-leading gear ratio range of 7.5 for the 2.0-liter class.

Another benefit of the launch gear is a reduced input load. This enables the size of both belt and pulley components to be reduced. Furthermore, the belt angle has been narrowed and pulley diameters reduced, resulting in shifting speeds that are 20 percent faster. Powerful and predictable acceleration is realized, as is an endearing driving experience.

But the more involved driver will be engaged by the all-new six-speed iMT with downshift rev-matching control. Compared to the existing manual transmission, the new gearbox is lighter (by 15 pounds; total weight of 88 pounds) and shorter (by 0.94 inches), making it one of the world’s smallest transmissions. Its small size contributes to improved fuel efficiency.

The gearbox also offers world-leading transmission efficiency, while the use of iMT controls, which automatically adjust engine revolutions when changing gears, ensures smooth gear shifting?free of uncomfortable recoils?for the driver.

Enhanced Toyota Safety Tech

Toyota continues to lead the pack when it comes to safety, and the all-new Corolla Hatchback provides drivers and passengers with standard safety technologies that take one step closer to achieving the ultimate goal of zero casualties from traffic accidents.

Corolla Hatchback comes standard with TSS 2.0, the second generation of Toyota Safety Sense (TSS). The updated safety package adds new active-safety technologies and capabilities that enhance protection.

Breakdowns of each technology are as follows:

Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD):
Capability to detect a preceding vehicle or pedestrian in daytime or nighttime (nighttime is new), or daytime bicyclist (new), and alert the driver (audible and visual warnings) and/or apply brakes to help mitigate or avoid the collision in certain cases (using Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Brake Assist (BA), and Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB)).
Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (Full-Speed DRCC):
For highways/freeways only. Full-Speed Range DRCC is standard on all Corolla Hatchback models, except those equipped with a manual transmission. Those having a manual transmission are equipped with DRCC. Full-Speed Range DRCC is an adaptive cruise control that is designed to function at speeds between 0 to 110 mph and enables low-speed speed matching, stopping, and acceleration/deceleration relative to a preceding vehicle traveling at a slower speed. Speed, cut-in, and distance control enhanced, as well as Turn Signal Linked control added, for a more natural response.
Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA):
Newly added to LDA w/SA is the capability, under some circumstances, to detect the road’s edge, in addition to the pre-existing capability to detect visible lane markers and the vehicle’s position in the lane. If unintentional lane deviation is detected, the system alerts the driver with audible and visual warnings. Steering Assist provides small corrective steering inputs momentarily to help the driver prevent the vehicle from unintentionally leaving its lane.
Automatic High Beam (AHB):
Capability to automatically activate and deactivate high beams based on driving environment and preceding vehicle’s lights.
(NEW) Lane Tracing Assist (LTA):
For highways/freeways only and can be enabled when using DRCC – Capability to recognize white or yellow lane markings or the path of a preceding vehicle if lane markers are temporarily not available; to identify and actively track the center of the lane by providing steering assistance to the driver (hands-on, driver-assist system). Reduces driver burden and supports safe driving, especially in traffic congestion or long highway trips. The LTA system can be turned on/off.

The 2019 Corolla Hatchback has seven standard airbags and Toyota’s Star Safety System, which includes Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist, Anti-lock Braking System, and Smart Stop Technology. Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) is standard on XSE and available on SE. (Please note: BSM does not include Rear Cross Traffic Alert.) Corolla Hatchback also comes equipped with a standard backup camera.

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