Japanese automaker Toyota has revealed the 2019 Corolla hatchback ahead of its debut at the New York Motor Show next week. The revealed model is for the American market and will have been originally offered as the Scion iM before being rebranded as the Toyota Corolla iM. The hatchback is getting a new name for its next generation. Looking at the hatch, it seems like the North American version of the Euro-spec Auris that was revealed earlier this month at 2018 Geneva Motor Show.
In terms of changes, the 2019 Corolla hatchback is now an inch lower, 1.2-inches wider and 1.5-inches longer than the outgoing Corolla iM in terms of dimension. The hatchback is built using the same Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) that underpins its European counterpart Auris. As claimed by Toyota, the upcoming Corolla when paired with a sport-tuned suspension, the lighter, stiffer TNGA platform makes the Corolla Hatchback more fun to drive as compared to its predecessor.
In terms of looks, the next-gen Corolla iM looks more attractive than the outgoing model. The hatchback gets more expressive headlights, bodylines that provide more character to the car at the sides, angular taillights and curvy rear end, its own version of the corporate mega-grille and a hint of Pruis Prime at the front end of the car.
Inside the upcoming hatch, the features include the 8.0-inch touchscreen mounted higher than the center console with a “floating tablet” look as standard while a 7-inch TFT in-cluster display on high-end XSE models, along with an available 800-watt JBL audio system featuring Clari-Fi, a processing technology that aims to restore some of the sonic luster that's typically lost when digital sound files are compressed. However, the touchscreen supports Apple Car Play only and not the Android Auto. The safety features include automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, lane departure warning, and lane keep assist as well as a rearview camera will also come as standard this time.
Under the hood, the upcoming Toyota Corolla hatchback will get a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine. However, the power and torque figures aren’t yet available, but according to the automaker, the engine will be more powerful and fuel efficient than before. The existing Corolla iM produces 137 hp and 170 Nm of torque. Also, the engine on the 2019 Corolla is also smaller, lighter, and more refined than the 1.8-liter it replaces. The power to the wheels will be sent to the front wheels via a continuously variable transmission. Though, a six-speed manual gearbox is also available as an option, but unlike the conventional CVTs, the new one gets a first gear to make low-speed driving smoother and more efficient.
The pricing details of the 2019 Toyota Corolla iM has not been revealed yet and is expected to be announced when the hatch will be showcased at the upcoming New York Motor Show next week. Toyota will also showcase the new RAV 4 at the event alongside the new Corolla. When launched, the next gen Corolla Hatchback will compete against the strong rivals in the segment including the Chevrolet Cruze, Hyundai Elantra GT, Mazda3, Volkswagen Golf, and the Honda Civic. We can also expect the automaker to bring the car to the Indian market after it goes on sale internationally. Stay tuned for further updates on the 2019 Toyota Corolla for the Indian market.