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The 2018 Vancouver International Auto Show recently concluded and once again, Toyota has stolen the scene, even beating the NYIAS to the punch in the North American unveiling of the new Corolla hatchback.
That's right, the world's most popular and best selling car is delivering an update that has fans of the hatchback concept thoroughly ecstatic. While we promise to be the first to tell you when the vehicle lands on our Greater Vancouver lot this year, we're here to give you an insider's look so that you can make your new car plans accordingly. UPDATE! The Corolla Hatchback is HERE, build and price your corolla hatch now
Sneak Peak at the New Features Found on the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback
Brand New, Highly-Functional and Dynamic Design
One look at this compact new addition to the Corolla line-up and you can see what the early fuss is all about. Available in an S, SE, and XSE grade, you'll find that designers pulled off what many deemed impossible, simultaneously delivering a distinct, dynamic, muscular, and sophisticated hatchback.
You'll certainly admire the new stance, which is noticeably lower, wider, and longer than its predecessor, the Corolla iM. The hatchback also possesses wider front and rear tracks, along with a longer wheelbase. The vehicle's expanded width is further enhanced by the updated front styling, including a rounded nose and trapezoidal-shaped under-grille. Sleek J-shaped Bi-Beam LED headlamps illuminate the scene around the front fenders, providing for a demeanor that is both stylish and precise. The athletic new machine also comes available with 16-inch (S and SE) and 18-inch (XSE) wheels. While all grades are outfitted with LED headlamps, LED taillights, and a rear spoiler, the XSE enjoys LED fog lights and surrounding chrome front grille.
Available colors for the 2019 Corolla hatchback include Rival Blue (pictured), Blizzard Pearl, Silver Metallic, Midnight Black, Galactic Aqua Mica, Scarlet, and Oxide Bronze. The only hard part, is choosing a tone that suits you best!
A Lot of Drive in a Compact Package
Somehow the folks behind Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) managed to fit in an impressive 2.0-liter, four-cylinder, six-speed iMT manual transmission with direct shift-CVT and enhanced sport-tuned suspension to offer more power than you could ever imagine for a ride of this size. It goes without saying that the fuel efficiency will be top notch. At press, mums the word on the final tally, but early reports state that the new Corolla boasts a better EPA rating that the latest Corolla iM, which is already impressive at 31 mpg combined.
All of that aside, the new Corolla is simply fun to drive, due in no small part to the TNGA-based powertrain. Since the engine is now smaller and lighter than its 1.8-liter four-cylinder predecessor, the hatchback enjoys a lower center of gravity which ultimately provides for better overall balance on the road.
The engine is manufactured with Toyota's latest D-4S fuel-injection, Variable Valve Timing-intelligence (VVTi) and VVT-iE (electric motor). The Dynamic Force engine provides a higher rate of combustion, higher (and consistent) tumble flow, higher intake air flow volume, better fuel consumption, less oil consumption, and improved all around dynamic performance.
A Refreshing and Surprisingly Roomy Interior
As soon as you and your passengers take a seat within the new Corolla hatchback you'll enjoy the expanded view and visibility from the comfort of supportive sport seating, thanks to the fact that the hood sits lower than ever before. The entire cabin is puzzlingly spacious, but this is no illusion or trick. The new front seats feature revised cushions with a lower hip point that accommodate a more natural body posture. In addition, the seats are separated by a 1.7-inch-wider console for more elbow room, while the rear-seat cushions have been designed to ward off backseat passenger fatigue during those long road trips.
Your stuff will be "comfortable" too, as there are convenient compartments located all around the interior so that you can fit your devices, water bottles, bags, and gear in with ease.
Savvier Than Ever When it Comes to Tech
The forward view is made even more impressive by the pretty cool center console with a standard high-resolution 8-inch multimedia touchscreen. You can only imagine how your road trip destinies will unfold from here.
Auto-infotainment and tech benefits for drivers and passengers alike include Qi wireless device charging (SE Upgrade and XSE), Entune 3.0 Audio, Apple CarPlay, Siri Eyes Free, Bluetooth, an auxiliary audio jack, two USB ports with iPod connectivity/control, and 6-speakers.
Additional conveniences here include single-zone automatic climate control (S grade), a 4.2-inch multi-information display, push-button start with a three-door SmartKey system, hands-free phone capability, and voice recognition.
Feeling Safer Than Ever in a Hatchback
By now, you're accustomed to hearing about how every new 2018-19 Toyota comes standard with Toyota Safety Sense, the industry leading safety package that keeps drivers, passengers, and pedestrians out of harm's way. But with the new Corolla hatchback, you're witnessing the first North American application of Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 which offers a revised and updated second-generation take on the TSS you already know, love, and appreciate. If you opt for the XSE, you'll enjoy additional safety features, as the 7-inch TFT Multi-Information Display shows vehicle safety information such as Lane Departure Alert, Lane Tracing Assist, Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection and Blind Spot Monitoring. Lastly, the new 2019 Corolla hatchback comes standard with seven airbags and the renowned Toyota's Star Safety System.
Whether you want to put yourself on the list for notification as to when this exciting new vehicle arrives in Greater Vancouver, or you're interested in another make or model, you can do so by contacting Westminster Toyota, today.