Toyota at the 2018 NAIAS Includes the 2019 Corolla Hatch

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  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    [​IMG] An all-new competitive compact from Toyota!

    Wayne Gerdes – CleanMPG – March 28, 2017

    Corolla Hatch is Back! All-New 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback at the 2018 NYIAS


    For the first time in North America, Toyota’s newest and most technologically-advanced small car, the all-new 2019 Corolla Hatchback, made its debut at the New York International Auto Show.

    The hatch, in either SE or XSE grades includes Entune 3.0 with Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa Connectivity; a revised sport-tuned suspension and new Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform; and the first North American application of Toyota Safety Sense 2.0. Still no Android auto however. :(

    2019 Corolla Hatch Design

    Corolla Hatch is lower (by 1.0 in.), wider (by 1.2 in.), and longer (by 1.5 in.) than its predecessor, the iM. It also has wider front and rear tracks, and a longer wheelbase.

    Its hood sits two inches lower than before, affording passengers excellent forward visibility. The new frontal styling with a rounded nose and trapezoidal-shaped under grille is a further evolution of Toyota’s Under Priority Catamaran and Keen Look design philosophies.

    Slim, J-shaped Bi-Beam LED headlamps wrap deep into the front fenders and accent the front in both stylishness and precise illumination. Front overhang has been cut by 0.8 inches; at the rear, it’s 0.8 inches longer. Chiseled character lines at its profile link both ends’ protruding flanks making for an active, well-planted expression that is uncommon amongst its peers. Wheel sizes range from 16-inches to 18-inches in diameter.

    Its hatch – now made from TSOP (Toyota Super Olefin Polymer) and ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) – is not only lightweight to aid fuel efficiency, it is set at a steeper angle (moved 14 degrees forward) for that ultimate sporty look. The rear all-LED taillamps feature a diffusing inner lens designed to highlight the hatchback’s stout stance.

    Both the SE and XSE trims include the aforementioned LED headlamps and taillights, chrome rear diffuser, and alloy wheels. The XSE ups the ante with 18-inch wheels, LED fog lights, chrome front grille surround, and an available innovative Adaptive Front Lighting System (AFS). AFS – available only on XSE CVT – allows for the focused distribution of light in an area that matches the vehicle’s speed and steering angle. The Bi-Beam LED units move vertically and horizontally to provide optimal light output by analyzing steering angle, vehicle speed, and the vehicle’s longitudinal axes angle to adjust lamps.

    Corolla Hatchback’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.

    2019 Corolla Hatch Prelim Exterior Dimensions (vs. MY2018)

    Wheelbase 103.9 in. (102.4) [+1.5 in.]
    Overall Length 172.0 in. (170.5) [+1.5 in.]
    Overall Width 70.5 in. (69.3) [+1.2 in.]
    Overall Height 56.6 in. (57.5) [-1.0 in.]

    2019 Corolla Hatch Interior

    New sport seats, instrument panel, and 0.9-inch thinner upper surface and 1.7-inch wider center console divide passengers.

    At the center of the instrument panel resides a standard high-resolution 8" 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, are fashioned in a bright, highly visible digitized configuration.

    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.

    High-gloss materials are paired with matte elements – silver accents with Piano Black and available contrasting stitching. The elimination of unnecessary lettering on switchgear, plus, the unification of all materials’ and elements’ shape, color, grain, and gloss, maximize continuity and aesthetic cleanliness. Tactility, too, is minded with the utmost consideration. Keen eyes will appreciate the minimized gaps between buttons and switches; again, furthering Corolla Hatchback’s sophisticated character.

    Front passengers’ hip points are lower (to 10.82 inches) <-- I am worried about this as it is not comfortable to me, and cushioning has been revised, which provides a more natural body posture and position for ideal access to the multifunction steering wheel, pedals, and gearshift. Such optimized seating allows passengers to enjoy Corolla Hatchback’s thrilling dynamics all the better. Front door storage solutions include cup holders capable of accommodating 24-ounce bottles and A4-sized documents. Not to be outdone, rear seats utilize updated cushioning to improve comfort and minimize fatigue. Furthering their convenience are upper door cup holders that accommodate 16-ounce bottles.

    The standard amenity list is as impressive as the cabin’s aesthetic. SE grade is equipped with single-zone automatic climate control, leather shift knob, and paddle shifters located behind the steering wheel. An electronic parking brake, three-door SmartKey system, automatic up/down windows, and two front USB outlets are standard as well.

    XSE grade builds on SE’s amenity palette by including dual-zone climate control, combination leather (leather with mélange-like fabric) seating, heated front seats, and eight-way power driver’s seat. XSE’s instrument panel and doors receive unique stitching, and behind the multifunction steering wheel, a 7-inch TFT Multi-Information Display (MID) shows vehicle information, turn-by-turn navigation, and various vehicle settings (including those pertaining to Lane Departure Alert, Lane Tracing Assist, Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection and Blind Spot Monitor).

    While electrifying in functionality and personality, Corolla Hatchback delivers a civilized, quiet ride. Powertrain drone and road noise have been culled thanks to revised drivetrain efficiencies, plus, the widespread implementation of sound-absorbing materials, sealants, foams, resonator ribs, and silencers. Its TNGA structure utilizes additional seals in its body panel gaps to insulate noise penetration and enhance air sealing performance. Corolla Hatchback’s Aero Stabilizing Fins located on its taillights also combat wind drone.

    2019 Corolla Hatch Infotainment

    For SE, standard Entune 3.0 Audio includes an 8-in. touchscreen; six speakers; Apple CarPlay; Amazon Alexa integration; Entune 3.0 App Suite Connect; Safety Connect; Wi-Fi Connect; Scout GPS Link Compatible <-- Not well received ... :( ; Siri Eyes Free; Auxiliary audio jack and USB 2.0 port with iPod connectivity and control; AM/FM; MP3/WMA playback capability; Voice Recognition training and tutorials; Hands-free phone capability; voice recognition and music streaming via Bluetooth; Customizable Home Screen; and Weather/Traffic info via Entune 3.0 App Suite.

    Entune 3.0 Audio Plus is standard on XSE and optional on SE CVT adds HD Radio and Weather/Traffic info; SiriusXM with Cache Radio; Entune 3.0 Connected Services; Service Connect; Remote Connect. Topping the range is Entune 3.0 Audio Premium that’s optional on XSE CVT. The system includes a JBL 8-speaker 800-watt system with Clari-Fi; Dynamic Voice Recognition; Dynamic Navigation; Dynamic POI Search; and Destination Assist Connect.

    The JBL audio experience with Clari-Fi – having such a complete orchestration of advanced power output, hardware, structure, and software – is engineered to impress even the most perceptive audiophile.

    Other JBL audio system highlights include:
    • Free Standing Horn Tweeters
      • Located in the A-pillar at ear level for optimal high-frequency performance
    • Next-Generation HID8 Amplifier
      • 800-watts of total power, with better performance and efficiency
    • 6.7-inch Door Subwoofers
      • More powerful deep-bass response
    • Premium JBL Branding
      • Located on A-pillar, door trim, and head unit
    • Sealed Inner Door Panels
      • Promote cleaner, more power bass
    • Wide Dispersion Midrange Speakers
      • Provide full range sound for rear passengers
    • Clari-Fi Technology
      • Analyzes, rebuilds, and restores audio signals that were lost In the digital compression process
    Rounding off Corolla Hatchback’s connectivity are two USB terminals (located inside the center console and instrument panel) and one AUX port (located on the instrument panel).

    A Driver’s Hatchback

    Corolla Hatch begins with its TNGA C platform. The compact structure employs a mixture of adhesives, spot welding, and additional bracing – top to bottom, side to side – for the benefits of driver controllability and low fuel consumption. On-road feel and fuel efficiency is further refined through the extensive use of aluminum and high- and ultra-high tensile steel in the lighter-weight chassis and body. In fact, torsional rigidity is improved a massive 60 percent compared to its predecessor.

    Affixed to this musculature are revised front and rear suspensions. Its front MacPherson strut setup’s geometry is changed (i.e. updated bound stopper clearance; stabilizer location) and incorporates other key augmentations like revised coil spring rate and damping force, and reduced friction in sliding parts. This all makes for a high-quality steering feel, ride comfort, and handling stability.

    At the Corolla Hatchback’s rear multi-link suspension with stabilizer bar, responsiveness is sharpened through updated shock absorbers and springs, and like the front, geometry is slightly modified. Lower arm locations have moved (for improved toe-in angle during higher-speed maneuvering), as has shock absorber placement (moved forward for better cargo capacity and reduced longitudinal low frequency input). Overall, front and rear suspension friction has been reduced by 40 percent, and its center of gravity is cut by a substantial 0.8 inches.

    2019 Corolla Hatch Drivetrain

    An all-new TNGA-based powertrain with a direct-injected 2.0L I4 (M20A-FKS) is smaller and lighter than its 1.8L I4 predecessor, which helps to lower Corolla Hatchback’s center of gravity. The 2.0-liter is also quieter for improved Noise Vibration Harshness (NVH) with additions like a more rigid crank case with integrated stiffener; a lighter resin cylinder head; and a ribbed oil pan.

    The M20A-FKS is equipped with Toyota’s latest D-4S fuel-injection that uses high-pressure direct-injection and low-pressure PFI (Port Fuel Injection). The setup adapts its injection method based on driving conditions so that ideal combustion is executed. The engine also features Dual VVT-i (Variable Valve Timing-intelligence), with VVT-iE (Variable Valve Timing-intelligence by Electric motor) on the intake side and VVT-i on the exhaust. VVT-iE uses one electric motor instead of oil pressure to control the variable valve timing. Together, the valve timing systems enhance power output and fuel mileage, and cut harmful emissions.

    Other notable improvements to the Dynamic-Force engine include:
    • Longer stroke
    • Compression up to 13:1
    • Enlarged valve nip angle
    • Enhanced intake port efficiency with laser clad valve seat
      • Key Benefits:
        • Higher rate of combustion, high tumble flow, and high intake air flow volume
    • Pistons with round top surface and slanted side wall
      • Key Benefits:
        • Consistent tumble flow and rapid combustion maintained
        • Less knocking and higher compression ratio
        • Friction reduction between piston skirt and cylinder
    • Lubrication enhanced with three oil jets dedicated to each cylinder
      • Key Benefits:
        • Better MPG, dynamic performance, less knocking, and less oil consumption
    • Lighter weight timing chain
      • Key Benefits:
        • Low cabin noise and reduced friction
    • Drain path within crank case to return oil from cylinder head to oil pan
      • Key Benefits:
        • Less oil agitation caused by the crankshaft, which means less rotation resistance
    • Connecting Rod made of high strength steel with optimized shape
      • Key Benefits:
        • Reduction in weight
    • Camshaft with concave profile
      • Key Benefits:
        • Increased valve lift amount
    • Optimized water jacket in head and block
      • Key Benefits:
        • Enhanced cooling and reliability
    The bolded pieces should above improve thermodynamic efficiency significantly!

    2019 Corolla Hatch Prelim Specs

    I4 w/ 16-valve DOHC, chain drive with Dual VVT-i (Intake: VVT-iE, Exhaust: VVT-i)
    Bore x Stroke (mm) 80.5 x 97.6
    Displacement (cc) 1987
    Compression Ratio 13.0:1
    Fuel System Direct Injection, Port Injection
    Horsepower and Torque TBD

    Corolla Hatch uses either an all-new Dynamic-Shift CVT (K120), or a six-speed iMT (Intelligent Manual Transmission) gearbox (EG60). The Dynamic-Shift CVT has simulated 10-speed Sequential Shiftmatic steps, Sport Mode, and paddle shifters. It features a number of innovative elements, including the world’s first launch gear in a passenger vehicle CVT.

    The transmission system utilizes gear drive when starting from a full stop, resulting in powerful acceleration, while at the same time, resolving the momentary sluggish feeling that was previously present during accelerator operation. Both smooth and comfortable launch performance are realized. When switching from gear drive to belt drive, the transmission system uses highly responsive gear change control technologies cultivated from automatic transmission technology.

    With its launch gear in place, the belt has been tuned for higher gear ratios. This new setup not only improves the efficiency of belt operation, but it also enables the adoption of wider gear ranges, whereby realizing a class-leading gear ratio range of 7.5 for the 2.0L class.

    Another benefit of the launch gear is a reduced input load. This enables the size of both belt and pulley components to be reduced. Furthermore, the belt angle has been narrowed and pulley diameters reduced, resulting in shifting speeds that are 20 percent faster. Powerful and predictable acceleration is realized, as is an endearing driving experience.

    An all-new six-speed iMT with downshift rev-matching control. The new gearbox is lighter (by 15 pounds; total weight of 88 pounds) and shorter (by 0.94 inches), making it one of the world’s smallest transmissions. Its small size contributes to improved fuel efficiency.

    The gearbox also offers world-leading transmission efficiency, while the use of iMT controls, which automatically adjust engine revolutions when changing gears, ensures smooth gear shifting?free of uncomfortable recoils?for the driver.

    2019 Toyota Corolla Hatch Safety

    The all-new Corolla Hatch provides drivers and passengers with standard safety technologies that take one step closer to achieving the ultimate goal of zero casualties from traffic accidents.

    Corolla Hatch comes standard with TSS 2.0, the second generation of Toyota Safety Sense (TSS). The updated safety package adds new active-safety technologies and capabilities that enhance protection.

    Breakdowns of each technology are as follows:
    • Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection (PCS w/PD):
      • Capability to detect a preceding vehicle or pedestrian in daytime or nighttime (nighttime is new), or daytime bicyclist (new), and alert the driver (audible and visual warnings) and/or apply brakes to help mitigate or avoid the collision in certain cases (using Forward Collision Warning (FCW), Brake Assist (BA), and Automatic Emergency Braking (AEB)).
    • Full-Speed Range Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (Full-Speed DRCC):
      • For highways/freeways only. Full-Speed Range DRCC is standard on all Corolla Hatchback models, except those equipped with a manual transmission. Those having a manual transmission are equipped with DRCC. Full-Speed Range DRCC is an adaptive cruise control that is designed to function at speeds between 0 to 110 mph and enables low-speed speed matching, stopping, and acceleration/deceleration relative to a preceding vehicle traveling at a slower speed. Speed, cut-in, and distance control enhanced, as well as Turn Signal Linked control added, for a more natural response.
    • Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist (LDA w/SA):
      • Newly added to LDA w/SA is the capability, under some circumstances, to detect the road’s edge, in addition to the pre-existing capability to detect visible lane markers and the vehicle’s position in the lane. If unintentional lane deviation is detected, the system alerts the driver with audible and visual warnings. Steering Assist provides small corrective steering inputs momentarily to help the driver prevent the vehicle from unintentionally leaving its lane.
    • Automatic High Beam (AHB):
      • Capability to automatically activate and deactivate high beams based on driving environment and preceding vehicle’s lights.
    • (NEW) Lane Tracing Assist (LTA):
      • For highways/freeways only and can be enabled when using DRCC – Capability to recognize white or yellow lane markings or the path of a preceding vehicle if lane markers are temporarily not available; to identify and actively track the center of the lane by providing steering assistance to the driver (hands-on, driver-assist system). Reduces driver burden and supports safe driving, especially in traffic congestion or long highway trips. The LTA system can be turned on/off.
    • (NEW) Road Sign Assist (RSA):
      • Capability to identify certain Stop, Yield, Do Not Enter and Speed Limit signs and display a warning (visual and audible alerts). Alerts vary based on sign type and are displayed on the Multi-Information Display.
    The 2019 Corolla Hatch has seven standard airbags and Toyota’s Star Safety System, which includes Enhanced Vehicle Stability Control, Traction Control, Electronic Brake-force Distribution, Brake Assist, Anti-lock Braking System, and Smart Stop Technology. Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) is standard on XSE and available on SE. (Please note: BSM does not include Rear Cross Traffic Alert.) Corolla Hatchback also comes equipped with a standard backup camera.

    The new 2019 Toyota Corolla hatch will reach dealership showrooms this summer.

    Fingers crossed that the new 2.0L and efficient high torque pass through CVT will provide a competitive Corolla on the efficiency front going forward. More on this later.

    #Toyota #Corolla
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  2. WriConsult

    WriConsult Super Moderator

    Corolla Hatch never left! Although it's never been called that, the hatchback version of the Corolla has been available continuously since 2003. First it was known as the Matrix, then as the Scion iM, then as the Toyota iM. Nice to hear of the redesign though.
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  3. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Dan:

    The new 2019 Corolla Hatch replaces the former older Scion renamed as the Toyota iM.
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  4. Trollbait

    Trollbait Well-Known Member

    Is it still a renamed Auris like the iM?
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  5. Jay

    Jay Well-Known Member

    So now Toyota's styling dept has managed to find a way to give an auto a sour face and stick out it's tongue.
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  6. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    You mean aside from being newly built on the TNGA platform? Was Auris built on TNGA?
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  7. SI_Prius

    SI_Prius Well-Known Member

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  8. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    While the embargo does not allow Efficiency and driving impressions to be posted for a week and a half, the presentations proved useful…

    2019 Toyota Corolla Hatch in San Diego


    The Toyota Corolla is the #1 nameplate sold in history. The 2019 Corolla hatch once released will help increase and maintain that accolade.

    The all-new 2019 Corolla hatch is an athlete sitting on the all-new New TNGA platform with std. LEDs and open mouth grille. The target market? 35 and under of course.

    Two trims, XE and XSE.

    Center of Gravity is lower, torsional rigidity is up by 60+ percent and the kicker is the 168 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque 2.0L I4 mated to a CVT or rev matching 6-speed M is a 40+ percent efficient ICE!!! Yeah!!!!!

    Multi-link rear end and struts upfront. From the video presentation, this new 4-corner independent system provides less undulation in corners and over roadway imperfections than both the current gen VW Golf and previous Gen Jetta. That is saying something.

    Apple CarPlay but still no Android Auto. A short-term mistake imho.

    Toyota’s most advanced Safety Sense system is monikered at 2.0. It is std. and includes Road Sign Assist. Road sign picks up speed, warning, and stop signs. 7 air bags, rear seat seatbelts warning, available BSM, Pre-collision warning (7 to 110 mph) - 37 mph maximum speed reduction - with Auto braking and 25 mph for pedestrian detection.

    Lane tracing assist attempts to keep the vehicle “centered” along with road edge. This is the new Safety Sense 2.0 at the core.

    Active cornering assist helps reduce understeer.

    Full speed radar CC with CVT. MT is only a partial speed system.

    Exterior Design

    Lowered CG plus stronger hood feature and profile character lines, and Triple J-shaped LEDs. It looks good!

    Rear hatch has numerous smooth curves and hard angles and is made of resin, not carbon fiber.

    A ton of accessories are coming. TRD items including a roof rack and big wing to begin.

    XSE receives - might be an option? - Adaptive front LEDs.

    2019 Toyota Corolla XSE in the clouds...

    Parked above the Northern San Diego suburbs.​

    Interior Design

    Much less busy controls and dash. Leather wrapped wheel and shift knobs is now std. on the base SE <-- Yeah!!!. Soft touch throughout, plus optional Qi and heated front seats. Just 85 cu.ft. if passenger volume however. The rear Shock tower reconfiguration provides a wider cargo area. 18 cu. ft of cargo volume.

    SE includes LED headlamps and taillamps, 3-door Smartkey, electronic parking brake, and single zone auto climate.

    XSE adds dual zone auto climate, and brushed aluminum like front grille surround.



    168 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque. The CVT now has a real first gear alongside the CVT! Allows greater transmission reliability and spread of ratios once CVT takes over. 31 hp and 25 lb-ft more than the current iM.

    No engine cover. I have not seen this in a long time!​

    iMT rev matches and helps prevent stall. CVT programming suppresses excessive upshift and downshift.



    SE has 4.2" analog while XSE has digital 7" driver display(s).

    XSE also includes Entune Audio 3.0 w/ Connected Services, HD radio. JBL 80p W system available.

    8" floating central screen, Entune 3.0, Scout GPS Link, and Wi-Fi compatible.

    Pricing to be announced at a later date.

    The Corolla hatch is made in Japan.


    This shot was taken with the Sony a6300 with the 19 mm Prime. I am holding a Lee Gradient Glass rectangular filter in front of the 19 mm prime - 28.5 mm equivalent - to remove some of the suns over exposure and harshness. See the vignetting in the upper right? A 46 mm circular polarizing filter for the 30 and 60 mm – 47 and 90 mm equivalent - Sigma Primes is coming. Still learning and playing. :)

    I was fortunate to be paired with a world renowned automotive racing photographer, Larry Chen. I learned a ton including how to use a long range lens with a circular polarizing filter for a better composition and shot!!!

    This could be Toyotas most significant offering in quite some time.


    #Toyota #Corolla
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  9. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    This is great. Is it a coincidence that it looks exactly like a Mazda 3 hatch ?

    Can't wait to read the test results !
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  10. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Edwin:

    Better looking than the Mazda3. ;)

    I asked some questions about the all-new 2.0L I4. Here they are and the answers they sent back. First watch this vid on how the 40+ percent TD was achieved.

    1. Corolla Valve Timing from Atkinson to performance?

    It is still Atkinson. The hp increase was done by high efficiency intake port (especially Laser cladded valve seat) etc. Also please note current iM is 1.8L.

    2. Is it really a 13:1 compression ratio or is that a volumetric measurement?

    It is real 13:1 compression ratio. We always use real ratio, even if it is Atkinson.

    3. Smaller bore and longer stroke to increase TD?

    Generally speaking, small bore and longer stroke leads to TD increase. But it also leads to decrease of hp. The main reason of this, is to consolidate Toyota engine’s Stroke/Bore to 1.2 to balance the mileage and output. This will be a common architecture.

    4. CVT Torque transfer efficiency above 97%?

    New CVT Architecture -- We only show our transfer efficiency is high but we don’t disclose the exact number.

    Here is the cutaway and detail of ths all new fist gear and CVT combination transmission. Follow the link as there is a ton of detail within!!!


    #Toyota #Corolla
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  11. seftonm

    seftonm Veteran Staff Member

    This was another good video talking more about the new CVT

    I still like old-fashioned manual transmissions, too :)
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  12. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    I think I prefer the Mazda3's front. And that duck-tail of a spoiler... aspirations of being a rally car like the WRX?
  13. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi Mike:

    Jason does a really good job, doesn't he. :)

    Bill, the rear spoiler on the gray and blue XSE is an add-on from TRD IIRC. Useless for our consideration but it looks "sporty" for the younger set.


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  14. BillLin

    BillLin PV solar, geothermal HVAC, hybrids and electrics

    Oh yeah, very nice and technical shot. :)
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  15. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    And an Easter egg that I absolutely wish everyone else would follow. That being a cloth like textured A-Pillar covering. If you have to sit behind the wheel of your car for 4,000+ hours over your vehicles lifetime, do you want to see plastic or a cloth like covering in your field of view? From the Prius and Prius Prime to the new Corolla hatch, it is Toyota touches like these that make a difference.


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  16. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    Inside the all-new 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatch...

    Both the XSE and SE look sharp!

    2019 Toyota Corolla XSE


    2019 Toyota Corolla SE


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  17. EdwinTheMagnificent

    EdwinTheMagnificent Legend In His Mind

    The 160 MPH speedo is a nice touch. (smirk)
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  18. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    Some impressions...

    2019 Toyota Corolla Hatch

    Ready for the world!​

    Fuel Efficiency? With the 40+ percent thermodynamically efficient 168 hp and 151 lb-ft of torque 2.0L I4, I was expecting upwards of 65 to 70 mpg on a std. drive. This would be much higher than the 140 hp and 126 lb-ft of torque 1.8L in the Eco trim Corolla sedan yet providing a significant increase in power.

    2019 Toyota Corolla Hatch


    While the performance increased, the efficiency was just ok. It will not compete against the Civic’s 174 hp and 162 lb-ft. of torque 1.5T or the Elantra ECO's 128 hp and 156 lb-ft. of torque 1.4L GDI-T on the efficiency front - does not match the performance of the Civic 1.5T either - but bests the efficiency of the 158 hp and 138 lb-ft of torque 2.0L in the LX/EX Civic, matches the 147 hp and 132 lb-ft. of torque Elantra 2.0L and 153 hp and 177 lb-ft of torque 1.4L in the Cruze, and buries both the 124 hp/125 lb-ft of torque 1.8L in the Sentra and 123 hp and 125 lb-ft. of torque 1.0L I3 in the Focus.

    The all-new D4-S Port and Direct injection will help keep the intake valves clean over the long term as well.

    I am not sure if it was the 3,060 lb weight or the CVT - it feels good with the 1st gear launch and programmed fake shifts - but it did not feel as quick as 160+ hp in a 3k lb car should. Good but not great.

    Moving to the stick, I was more than pleasantly surprised that the 6-speed MT actually felt good. Clutch action, smoother gate to gate action, and even a shorter throw vs. the previous sloppy mess in the iM is a godsend. I could live with the stick and had the most fun with it.

    2019 Toyota Corolla Hatch 6-speed MT

    A bit more fun and a little lower price. iMT provides rev match and launch on an uphill assist. Good stuff.​

    Regarding the exterior design, it looks pretty cool. I am a fan of the XSE trims brushed aluminum like painted front grille surround, thin LEDs, fashionable DRL LEDs, and even the faux rear spoiler. The short overhangs front and rear help too! 16s and 18" alloys look good as well. It still has an overall soft curb appeal but is certainly better looking than the iM. A small kink is that the LED DRLs are not bright enough to stand out during day light hours. I suspect given their low lumen output, they are not going to do much at night other than to look the part. Too bad as they are well integrated and have a great shape for showing off the face of the all-new Corolla hatch to drivers ahead via their rear views.

    The plastic rear hatch felt stiff and was certainly light while providing a number of unique creases that would have been hard to form in metal.

    Inside the new interior material quality, fit, and finish is one of the best available in the segment. Look at the cloth textured A-Pillar and real stitching in the passenger side XSE dash. The floating 7" screen was ok as well. Where it fell flat was its passenger (just 85.0 cu. ft.) and hatch cargo volume (18 cu .ft.) which is a direct result of Toyota using a very small for the compact segment 103.9" wheelbase. Trying to sue this for rideshare or even taking passengers anywhere is just too tight imho. If only they used a 106" + wheelbase, they could have solved this shortcoming.

    2019 Toyota Corolla Hatch Interior

    Well appointed and simple layout. Good stuff other than the taller driver comfort and lack of Android Auto.

    Cloth textured A-Pillar covering. Best detail in the segment and I love it!!!​

    The problems that continue to plague the Corolla and the rest of the Toyota lineup is short lower seat cushions reducing lower thigh support for taller drivers and not enough telescopic wheel extension. These problems and not enough seat track movement have been around for over 20-years and Toyota refuses to fix it for taller drivers the world over. In addition, no Android Auto. WTF, the brand says they are "protecting" the owners driving data from Google? In the meantime, the overall infotainment experience is far behind others offering Android Auto and it is costing them hundreds to thousands of sales. I have to pass on the purchase of a Corolla hatch due to this one very unfortunate oversight. The high end JBL w/ Clari-Fi in the XSE w/ the CVT offered an above average auditory experience while the non-dynamic rear view camera guidelines seem like a generation old oversight.

    2019 Toyota Corolla Hatch Central

    The guidelines are static. ☹​

    Ride and handling? Excellent! Thanks to the all-new and well-tuned Independent rear end plus stabilizer bars front and rear, flat cornering to a point plus a compliant ride on Southern California's cement Interstate systems with expansion breaks was smoother in the Corolla hatch then other compacts sometimes harsh ride in some cases. I would give it the edge over the Civic in overall feel with a softer ride but not quite to the level of the 2019 VW Jetta and its top-notch road and steering feel.

    Considering safety, I suspect the new 2019 Toyota Corolla hatch will be an IIHS TSP+ rated vehicle from the get-go. The all-new HSS TNGA structure, latest passive and active safety, and the very latest Toyota Safety Sense 2.0. Safety Sense 2.0 includes an auto Pre-collision Safety system with low light Pedestrian and bicyclist detection, Lane Departure warning w/ steering assist, auto high beams, full range Radar CC, road sign assist - I have no idea how this really works or helps, and BSM. I can tell you that the Radar CC was the best in the business in the Prius/Prius Prime and it is just as good in the Corolla. The auto high beam system in my parents Prime is excellent and I have no doubt the Corolla’s will be as well. I was not allowed to take out a Corolla overnight to test some of these functions or complete any measured efficiency runs.

    Pricing will be released closer to its dealership showroom appearance this summer.

    If only it had a longer wheelbase, longer lower front seat cushions, more telescopic reach, and Android Auto was included!!! :( Let me know if you have any other metrics you want my take on.


    #Toyota #Corolla
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  19. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    Pricing and EPA estimates for the Corolla Hatchback have been released. Here are the details.

    2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback

    A quick drive up to Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.​

    2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Trims Pricing (USD) and EPA Estimates (mpgUS city/highway/combined)

    SE MT - $19,990 - 28/37/31
    SE CVT - $21,090 - 32/42/36
    XSE MT - $22,990 - TBA
    XSE CVT - $24,090 - 30/38/33
    Destination and handling = $920

    2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Options Pricing

    SE CVT
    SE MT
    XSE MT

    SE CVT Preferred Pkg. with EnTune 3.0 Audio and Blind Spot Monitor – $1,400
    XSE Adaptive Front Lighting – $415
    XSE Preferred Pkg. with EnTune 3.0 Audio, JBL 800W 8-Speaker system, NAVI, Qi Charging – $1,600

    Blizzard Pearl Paint – $395

    Adding more, my third place selection for MAMA "Family Vehicle of the Year" was the all-new 2019 Toyota #Corolla Hatch! The industry will have to work hard to match the great looking interior within this all-new hot hatch. Despite shortcomings including short seat bottoms, no Android Auto, and short wheelbase, the interior buries its B/C segment competitors!

    aFCD offset?

    82.4 miles on 1.766 gallons = 46.6 mpg actual vs 47.0 mpg displayed.​

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