The Hatch is Back! 2019 Toyota Corolla is an Amazing Sight to Behold
Holy sh*t! The all-new 2019 Toyota Corolla pens an aggressive, and desirable shape.
Yes, you read that correctly: this is a Toyota Corolla. The 2019 Corolla, to be specific, and, for the first time in about ever, it’s a truly desirable, and borderline sexy shape. Again, this is a Toyota Corolla we’re talking about. Wow.
Set to debut next week at the New York International Auto Show, the 2019 Toyota Corolla has big expectations to live up to. One, the segment it’s in is more competitive than it’s ever been: just look to cars like the Chevy Cruze hatchback and Honda Civic Sport for proof. Additionally, when it looks as good as this, the Corolla has to be able to back it up.
Toyota is bringing it’s A-game
This is the brand’s first ever new model reveal to happen at NYIAS, and talk about a strong start. Available in either in SE, or XSE trims, the 2019 Toyota Corolla hatchback comes with a lengthy list of standard features. Toyota’s Entune 3.0 multimedia interface controls the infotainment system with an 8″ touchscreen. Additionally, features like Apple CayPlay, Amazon Alex integration, and, for the first time in North America, Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 are also standard.
When describing the new Corolla, Toyota used a bunch of lingo, like “Shooting Robust,” “Under Priority Catamaran,” and “Keen Look” to describe the design process. It may sound like gibberish on the first take, but in looking closely at the design, it all begins to make sense. The phrase “Shooting Robust” refers to the sculpted surfaces and aggressive shapes used. “Under Priority Catamaran” and “Keen Look” effectively describe the lower aerodynamics at play with the Corolla. The end result is increased visual width and a look of functional aggression.
It’s not just car designer nonsense, compared to the outgoing car, the new 2019 Corolla is 1.5″ longer, with all 1.5″ of that being a wheelbase stretch. From there, 1.2″ wider, and 1″ lower. The overall effect is a notably sportier look.
Under the hood is Toyota’s new M20A-FKS engine. That 2.0-liter, naturally-aspirated four-cylinder can be paired to either a 6-speed manual transmission, or a “10-speed” next generation CVT automatic transmission. Toyota is not officially quoting power figures or acceleration stats, but we have a pretty good guess.
SE vs. XSE: Which to buy?
The 2019 Toyota Corolla hatch will come in two trims: SE, and XSE. In either guise, you’re getting a handsome looking hatchback, however, the XSE has a few key upgrades that fashion-conscious buyers should be aware off. First off, these press pictures are mainly featuring the loaded XSE cars. Why? Because they look more striking, thanks to 18″ wheels (versus 16″ rollers on the SE), LED foglights, and that chrome front grille surround. The last one is a toss up for us, but definitely check yes for the bigger wheels alone. It’s a big style upgrade.
Speaking of fashion choices, let’s talk colors. The Corolla hatch’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.
The 2019 Toyota Corolla hatchback will go on sale in the United States in Summer 2018.