Toyota Adds New Versions of Corolla, Yaris

2019 Corolla HatchbackToyota dealerships will see new versions of the popular Corolla and Yaris in their showrooms late summer as the carmaker unveiled the models Monday at the New York Auto Show.

Toyota will release the Corolla Hatchback (previously the Corolla IM) and the Yaris sedan (previously the Yaris IA), making both models available as a sedan or a hatchback. Both versions were once part of the Scion brand, which Toyota discounted in 2016.

In bringing the hatchback to the Corolla, Toyota will offer the car in either SE or XSE grades. The 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.

2019 Toyota YarisThe subcompact Yaris sedan will be offered in three grades including a new premium XLE grade that features leatherette-trim front seats along with leather-trim finishes on the steering wheel, shift nob and parking brake. Other upgrades include air conditioning, automatic LED headlights, rain-sensing wipers and a lighted entry into the car.

The Yaris comes standard with a six-speed manual transmission, which is good for 39 mpg on the highway. Upgrade to the automatic transmission and the fuel economy from the 1.5-liter engine improves to 40 mpg.

Toyota says the Yaris will come standard with its active safety system and the low-speed pre-collision system. The new Yaris will be available in the fall.