2021 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Gets Special Edition

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, Automotive Editor - June 3, 2020

The Toyota Corolla Hatchback isn’t very old, but that isn’t stopping Toyota from introducing a special, limited run of the hatchback with the 2021 Corolla Hatchback Special Edition. Before you get too excited, no, this isn’t the replacement for the Gazoo Racing Yaris that the U.S. won’t get. Instead, this unimaginatively named special edition is a sharper-looking version of the already aggressive Corolla Hatchback. According to Toyota, the special edition also “foreshadows even more excitement still to come in the hatchback segment.”

If you’re wondering what makes the Hatchback Special Edition worthy of being called special, it’s mostly down to the paint job. All 1,500 units will be finished in Supersonic Red, which looks fantastic. Then, there are the 18-inch wheels and body kit that adds a front splitter, black roof spoiler, side skirts, and rear bumper. The majority of the special body kit is finished in black paint to contrast the red paint job. Unique Special Edition badges also adorn the body.

Toyota hasn’t made any changes under the hood, as the Hatchback Special Edition is powered by the regular model's 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. The limited-edition hatchback is only being offered with the continuously variable transmission (CVT). Unfortunately, if you want a manual transmission, you’ll have to stick with the Corolla Hatchback’s SE and XSE trims.

Toyota Corolla Hatchback

For the 2021 model year, Toyota’s bringing the Nightshade Edition back for the Corolla Hatchback, too. We’re not really sure why Toyota stopped offering the Nightshade package for the hatchback, but it's returning. Similar to other models, the Nightshade Edition will bring back exterior and interior trim pieces, as well as black 18-inch wheels on top of the SE trim’s list of features to the vehicle. Three exterior colors will be offered, including Classic Silver Metallic, Superior White, and Midnight Black Metallic. Nightshade Editions are also only available with the CVT.

Apart from those two new models, Toyota’s made some changes to the rest of the Corolla Hatchback lineup for 2021. Moving up the XSE trim now brings rear cross-traffic alert and blind spot monitoring as standard. On the lower SE trim, these two features are now available through the SE Preferred Package. The addition of rear seat-mounted side airbags now brings the vehicle’s total count up to 10.

Lastly, there’s a new Enhanced Cargo Space option that’s available as a no-cost feature throughout the lineup except for the Nightshade Edition. Ticking the box for the package brings an additional 6 cubic feet of cargo space, bringing the total up to 23 cubic feet of space. The additional space comes from the removal of the spare tire and by lowering the cargo floor. In place of a spare, you’ll get a tire repair kit.

When Toyota introduced the Nightshade Editions of the Corolla and Corolla Hatchback last August, the automaker stated that the Corolla Hatchback SE would be available with the Enhanced Cargo Space option. But it isn’t an option on the automaker’s configurator for the 2020 model year. It’s possible that Toyota introduced the feature last year, but is now officially letting consumers get it for the 2021 model.

The 2021 Corolla Hatchback and its new special editions will go on sale later this summer with pricing set to be announced closer to its official on-sale date. Without any major changes, we expect pricing for the 2021 model to stick close to the current starting price of $21,245 including destination.

Learn more about the current Corolla Hatchback on sale now »

, Automotive Editor

Based out of the Washington, D.C. area, Joel Patel is an automotive journalist that hails from Northern Virginia. His work has been featured on various automotive outlets, including Autoweek, Digital Trends, and Autoblog. When not writing about cars, Joel enjoys trying new foods, wrenching on his car, and watching horror movies. 

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