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2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

, Automotive Editor - May 25, 2018

Model Preview

It was cool while it lasted, but we all knew the oddly named Corolla iM had a limited shelf life. At the 2018 New York Auto Show, Toyota will officially drive the final nail into the Corolla iM’s coffin with the reveal of the 2019 Corolla Hatchback.

The Corolla Hatchback will roll in with a familiar design in passing, but a close look reveals this thing is all new. It features similar aggressive lines as the iM it replaces, but the body is 1.2 inches wider, 1.5 inches longer and an inch lower. The wheelbase also grows by 1.5 inches. A deeper look shows off a more aggressive hood, brand-new J-shaped LED headlights, a new bumper, a more rounded hatch and so much more. It actually looks a bit sporty.

Inside, the changes continue. The center console is 1.7 inches wider, separating the front occupants into their own zones, there is a new 8-inch multimedia screen, Entune 3.0, so many cup holders that can accommodate up to a 24-ounce cup, and an available Qi wireless charger. The infotainment system is fully loaded as standard with the aforementioned 8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Siri Eyes-Free, and more.

2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback

Under its hood, Toyota will scrap the old 1.8-liter four-pot for a 2.0-liter that will actually be a bit smaller and lighter than its predecessor. While output isn’t available just yet, we expect it to fall in the 150- to 160-horsepower mark to remain competitive. As for gear swapping, buyers will be able to choose from the standard six-speed manual gearbox or a new Dynamic-Shift CVT, which will be able to simulate a 10-speed automatic transmission.

Safety has been key for Toyota in the past few years, and the 2019 Corolla Hatchback will not stray from this. It will come standard with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0, which will feature automatic emergency braking with pedestrian and cyclist detection, adaptive cruise control, lane-keep assist, road sign detection, automatic high beams, and lane tracing

Note that this is a different system from the regular Corolla Sedan. The vehicle will continue to come with TSS-P, a system that offers many of the same features but not cyclist and road sign detection, as well the lane tracing capability of the Hatchback.

Pricing and Release Date

The 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback will hit showrooms in the summer of 2018.

Official pricing will start at $20,910 including destination for the SE with manual, and $22,010 with an automatic. Prices will range up to $25,010 for the range-topping XSE model.

At the entry-level, the vehicle starts $1,290 higher than the Corolla sedan. However, next to a similar-equipped Corolla SE, the Hatchback is just $445 more expensive.

Competitors will include the Honda Civic Hatchback, Ford Focus Hatchback, and Volkswagen Golf.

Learn about the current Corolla iM on sale now »

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Pictured: 2019 Corolla Hatchback

2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback

2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback

2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback

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