Two days ahead of its public debut, Toyota premiered its all-new 2019 Corolla Hatchback at the New York International Auto Show. The company has introduced a new design, a more efficient engine and some tech upgrades in the newest version of its top-selling car. The company claims that it is Toyota’s most innovative utility vehicle to-date.
The Hatch Is Back
While the new Corolla Hatchback bears a resemblance to its iM predecessor, there are some noticeable changes to its design. To give the new model an edgier look, Toyota has ditched the traditional four-door sedan style for a sportier five-door hatchback. With an emphasis on its new muscular feel, the 2019 Corolla Hatchback features distinctively different taillights, a sporty hind wing, wider front and rear tracks, and a longer wheelbase. The Hatchback is also slightly lower, wider and longer than the iM Corolla.
The company has tried to design the car to give it a sport coupe vibe without compromising utilization for the everyday driver. With its sleek looks, the company has tried to make it appealing to a younger crowd.
The car boasts a new TNGA (Toyota’s New Global Architecture) 2.0 liter, four-cylinder, six-speed iMT manual transmission. The company says that the hatchback is faster and more fuel efficient than last year’s iM Corolla model. Physically, the engine is smaller and lighter than the iM’s 1.8 liter, four-cylinder predecessor, improving the vehicle’s overall balance and steering controls, Toyota claims.
At Wednesday’s press conference at the Javitz Center, Toyota group vice president of U.S. sales Jack Hollis revealed that the new Hatchback model features the world’s first launch gear in a passenger vehicle CVT. This new and innovative feature improves utilization and fuel efficiency, offering more miles per gallon than older Corolla models. This new features also gives the 2019 Corolla Hatchback shifting speeds that are 20 percent faster for the ultimate driver experience.
Innovative Tech Upgrades
The all-new 2019 Corolla Hatchback boasts some of the most innovative tech features, with improvements to both safety and the driver experience. The Corolla Hatchback comes standard with the automaker’s second generation “Toyota Safety Sense” or TSS. Toyota’s new model has the ability to detect preceding motorists, pedestrians and cyclists in daytime or nighttime, alerting drivers with audible and visual warnings. The Corolla Hatchback’s TSS tech also helps to prevent accidents with Brake Assist (BA) and Automatic Braking (AEB). Full-Speed Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), automatic high beams and lane departure alert with steering assist also come standard with the new 2019 Corolla Hatchback.
Toyota’s best-selling vehicle, the Corolla, Gets Major Upgrades For New 2019 Model
At Wednesday’s unveiling, industry insiders and the press were also given a sneak peak at two brand new Toyota safety technologies to make a debut in the 2019 Corolla Hatchback, including Lane Tracing Assist (LTA), which will allow the vehicle to recognize white or yellow lane marking and provide the driver steering assistance; and Road Sign Assist (RSA), which allows the vehicle to identify certain Stop, Yield, Do Not Enter and Speed Limit signs and display warning to the driver.
Other notable tech upgrades inside the new model include an 8-inch touchscreen, a Qi wireless recharge station, WiFi connect, Amazon Alexa integration, and Apple CarPlay compatibility – a new feature for Toyota.
The 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback goes on-sale this summer.