The hatchback previously often called the Scion iM was reborn because the Toyota Corolla iM when the Scion model was “sunsetted” in 2016. Now, it has as soon as once more been born anew because the 2019 Corolla Hatchback.

That is no mere renaming. It is a floor up redesign with a complete new chassis, new and extra environment friendly powertrains and extra security tech than you’d anticipate from an entry-level compact automobile. So far as we’re involved, it is probably the greatest fashionable Corollas but.

Toyota Dynamic Pressure engine

Beneath the hood you will discover Toyota’s new Dynamic Pressure 2.Zero-liter four-cylinder engine, powering the 2019 Corolla Hatchback to the tune of 168 horsepower and 151 pound-feet of torque, will increase of 31 horsepower and 25 pound-feet over the outgoing Corolla iM.

You could be shocked to study that Toyota is providing the hatchback with a six-speed handbook transmission. There’s even a little bit of software program intelligence in-built that permits rev-matching for downshifts, smoother upshift engagement, hill help and stall suppression. To activate these options, an “iMT” mode should be toggled on. The shift help software program annoyingly defaults to “off” when the ignition is cycled, whereas I would choose that it simply keep in no matter mode I would left it in.

Most 2019 Corolla Hatchbacks will characteristic the brand new repeatedly variable transmission, however even that is no mere CVT. It contains a mounted clutch-engaged first gear that improves off-the-line efficiency and really feel. From a cease, there’s not one of the lagginess that makes most CVTs really feel bizarre and rubbery. Above about 15 to 20 mph, that gear disengages and the transmision reverts to common repeatedly variable operation with fake “digital gears” that may be chosen with paddle shifters.

Underpinning a physique that’s decrease, wider and longer than earlier than is Toyota’s new TNGA platform. This new spine means the hatchback is 60 p.c stiffer than the outgoing iM, giving its multilink rear suspension and MacPherson fronts a extra stable stage upon which to carry out. Lighter parts, such because the resin composite rear hatchback door, assist preserve the 2019 mannequin’s three,060-pound curb weight consistent with the earlier technology regardless of it being bigger with extra tools.

All of this conspires towards improved gasoline financial system relative to the outgoing mannequin. Nevertheless, Toyota has not introduced particular numbers and my time with each the CVT (round 29 mpg) and handbook (about 23 mpg) fashions was maybe too quick to be significant.

Beneath the hood is Toyota’s new, extra environment friendly Dynamic Pressure engine.

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What’s good for financial system, it seems, has additionally been good for the Corolla Hatchback’s efficiency. That is no scorching hatch, however the dealing with feels extra participating and refined than the earlier technology did. The then-Scion iM felt mushy and obscure in corners and lacked steering really feel. The brand new Corolla hatch nonetheless lacks “really feel and connection” however is rather more planted, predictable and responsive round bends. I would nonetheless slightly be behind the wheel of a VolkswagenGolf or Mazda3 on a really nice street, however it is a fairly stable exhibiting by Toyota and, frankly, ok for a finances commuter.

Commonplace Toyota Security Sense 2.Zero

The 2019 Corolla Hatchback steps the security sport up not only for the mannequin, however for your complete model. It is going to be the primary Toyota mannequin to boast the second technology of the automaker’s Toyota Security Sense driver help expertise, TSS 2.Zero, as commonplace tools.

The improve contains enhancements to the automated emergency braking. The system can now completely cease the automobile at speeds beneath about 37 mph, stopping collisions beneath that pace. Bike owner detection has been added to its bag of tips and low-light pedestrian detection has been dramatically improved, boosting security at evening.

When outfitted with the CVT, the Corolla hatch additionally options commonplace full-speed adaptive cruise management that may convey the automobile to a whole cease if visitors forward slows down. With the handbook gearbox, you continue to get adaptive cruise, however it could possibly solely be activated above 25 mph and can disengage if speeds drop beneath 15 mph to stop stalling.

The brand new look appears to borrow greater than just a little inspiration from the second-generation Mazda3 hatchback.

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CVT fashions additionally characteristic commonplace Lane Tracing Help that makes use of cameras to detect lane makers or, if the markers cannot be seen, the previous automobile to actively middle the Corolla in its lane, slightly than simply bouncing between the boundaries like older lane preserving help programs. This hands-on-the-wheel system works solely on the freeway when adaptive cruise management is engaged.

Off-highway, lane departure warnings (which work at speeds above about 35 mph) have additionally been improved with higher street edge detection and a brand new driver alertness monitor that implies taking a break if it detects an excessive amount of swerving from the motive force.

TSS 2.Zero additionally features a camera-based signal help system that reads street indicators (similar to cease, yield, pace restrict or don’t enter) as they’re handed and shows as much as the three most up-to-date indicators within the instrument cluster.

Add the usual reversing digicam to the combo and that is a whole lot of commonplace security tools for a finances hatchback. Drivers even have the choice of including blind-spot monitoring, however I am informed solely on the CVT mannequin.

Meet Entune three.Zero

Cabin tech additionally will get an overhaul for the 2019 mannequin yr with the addition of ordinary Entune three.Zero infotainment within the dashboard. The software program is generally equivalent to the dashboard tech that we lately noticed within the 2019 Toyota Avalon with the identical strengths and weaknesses.

This technology of Entune additionally options new Verizon 4G LTE-connected applied sciences, together with distant entry and monitoring by way of the Toyota smartphone and smartwatch purposes and Alexa Ability integrations.

Apple CarPlay is commonplace for the brand new technology of Entune, however Android customers should make do with Scout GPS Hyperlink app integration.

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I just like the organizational enhancements to the menu system, however assume the visuals may use some brightening up. The Eight-inch touchscreen is vibrant, crisp and actually shines when used with the usual Apple CarPlay connectivity. Android Auto shouldn’t be accessible for this technology — an enormous disappointment — however Scout GPS Hyperlink app connectivity is commonplace, giving customers an alternate low-cost navigation possibility.

Stepping as much as the elective Entune three.Zero Premium system provides onboard navigation to the combo, in addition to an 800-watt, eight-speaker JBL audio system that sounds heaps higher than the usual six-speaker setup.

A stable compact competitor

The brand new 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback seems to be and feels sportier, however the largest enhancements to this finances compact are to its consolation and security. That TSS 2.Zero setup will probably be class main stuff when the Hatchback hits the street in July 2018, making this a stable selection for folks on the lookout for a secure first automobile for younger drivers.

The brand new CVT powertrain will boast higher commonplace security tools than the handbook possibility and can probably additionally boast one of the best financial system, making it the mannequin to get. From there, potential house owners must selected between SE and XSE trim ranges, the latter characteristic extra styling and luxury facilities. Pricing for the 2019 Corolla Hatch will probably be introduced nearer to launch.

If, like me, you are on the lookout for a bit extra warmth in your hatch, take into account the Volkswagen Golf and Mazda3, which needs to be priced competitively towards the Corolla Hatchback, or save a bit more cash for the Volkswagen GTI, Roadshow’s favourite scorching hatch. I would additionally toss the promising next-generation Hyundai Veloster into that blend when it arrives later this yr.

For individuals who worth security, the brand new Corolla Hatchback with commonplace Toyota Security Sense 2.Zero is a compelling and budget-friendly possibility.

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