Toyota Corolla Hatchback Making Summer Debut

Starting this summer consumers will be able to get their hands on the new Toyota Corolla Hatchback.

2019 Toyota Corolla HatchbackIn bringing the hatchback to the Corolla line, the new sporty design is lower, wider and longer than its predecessor, Corolla iM. The car's hood sits two inches lower than the previous model, affording passengers better forward visibility.

The Corolla will have the new TNGA 2.0-liter four-cylinder, six-speed iMT manual transmission with dynamic-shift CVT. Toyota says the Corolla will come standard with Entune 3.0 audio with 8-inch touchscreen, Wi-Fi Connect, Amazon Alexa integration and Apple CarPlay. The Corolla will have the first North American application of the standard Toyota Safety Sense 2.0.

The Corolla is available in in SE and XSE grades. Both grades receive LED headlamps and taillights, alloy wheels and a chrome rear diffuser. The upgraded XSE comes with 18-inch wheels, LED fog lights, heated front seats and dual-zone climate control. A backup camera is standard on all models.

Toyota is aiming the Corolla Hatchback for a younger market by offering bold paint colors. New for 2019 is Blue Flame, as well as Blizzard Pearl, Silver Metallic, Midnight Black, Galactic Aqua Mica, Scarlet and Oxide Bronze.

At the center of the instrument panel is a standard 8-inch multimedia touchscreen. The center stack screen provides access to vehicle settings, audio controls, navigation, smartphone, and Entune 3.0 apps. Climate controls, located below the multimedia portal.

In addition to being wider, the center console is also longer to accommodate a larger variety of passenger physiques and comfort preferences. It incorporates a center tray ahead of the gearshift that can hold small items such as a smartphone or wallet, or if outfitted, serves as the Qi wireless device charging area. A 5.5-inch smartphone can easily fit inside the center console box.

Toyota has not released a sales price yet for the Corolla Hatchback.