New York Auto Show: Toyota’s Corolla Hatchback reborn for 2019
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New York Auto Show: Toyota’s Corolla Hatchback reborn for 2019

By David Undercoffler | March 22, 2018

Toyota is looking to inject a little spice into its compact Corolla Hatchback with a sleeker, more powerful version of the car due to go on sale this summer.

The 2019 Corolla Hatchback has been redesigned from the ground up and packs a larger, more fuel efficient engine, more space inside and out and a new package of safety technologies.

The hatchback — formerly known as the Corolla iM — was announced Thursday night ahead of its New York Auto Show debut next week.

The 2019 version gets a slightly larger engine (2.0 liters, up from 1.8 liters) that will make an unknown amount of horsepower — bet on it being more than the earlier model’s 137 horsepower and it sipping less fuel than the current 28/36/21 mpg rating for city/highway/combined.

Two transmissions will be available: a six-speed manual or a CVT automatic.

The larger engine has more car to move around too. The 2019 Corolla hatch is 1.5 inches longer, an inch lower and just over an inch wider.

This helps it look sleeker than before and should also help with its handling. Doubling down on the handling, Toyota redesigned the suspension to make it more sporty.

The four-door hatchback gets a styling makeover inside and out that also hopes to boost its sportiness. Inside, the car gets a standard eight-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity (something Toyota has been reluctant to include in its vehicles until now) and Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity.

Finally, a new package of safety tech will be standard on both Corolla hatch models. Dubbed Toyota Safety Sense 2.0, it includes pre-collision braking with pedestrian detection, forward-collision braking, adaptive cruise control with the ability to come to a complete stop, lane-departure warning and lane-keep assist.

Two trim levels will be available: the base SE and the better-optioned XSE.

The 2019 Corolla Hatchback goes on sale this summer; we’re set to test one in a few weeks and will have a review out soon.