This just in—Toyota dropped an oversized egg on the Big Apple and it hatched. The 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback made its official debut as New Yorkers brace for the city’s auto show.
The new Corolla hatch is a dream car for the city—mostly for it’s size, bottom feeder looks, and reasonable price.
— Toyota USA (@Toyota) March 20, 2018
Who wouldn’t feel comfortable parking a Corolla in Bay Ridge on a Saturday night or Brighton Beach on a weekend? Just remember to Club it.
Toyota’s hatch measures 172 x 70.5 x 56.6 inches (L x W x H) and has a wheelbase of 103.9-inches—so you should be able to squeeze it into the tightest spaces in Williamsburg or Greenpoint too.
The new dimensions allow for bigger door cup holders that now can accommodate 16- and 24-ounce bottles—woo-hoo!
Under the hood, the cute Corolla packs a new 2.0-liter four-cylinder inline engine—horsepower and torque figures have not been announced at this time—but we imagine it’s plenty quick—especially with a stick.
The engine is mated to a continuously variable transmission (CVT) or a six-speed manual transmission. It rides on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform with a sport-tuned suspension and looks ready to race.
Toyota’s “haute” hatch is available in SE or XSE trims—both sport a rounded nose with a trapezoidal-shaped under grille that looks like a catfish’s mouth, LED headlights and taillights, and a chrome rear diffuser.
In addition, XSE trim models offer fog lights, chrome front grille surround, and roll on 18-inch wheels instead of stock 16s. We recommend a Bumper Badger to protect this little treasure from Brooklynites who park by braille.
Inside, gets standard Entune 3.0 Audio with an 8-inch touch screen, Wi-Fi Connect, and is Amazon Alexa and Apple CarPlay friendly—sorry Android Auto—WTF Toyota?
SE trims get a leather shift knob, electronic parking brake, and two USB outlets—we have our fingers crossed in hope for an auxiliary jack. XSE trim offers heated front seats, an eight-way power driver’s seat, and a leather/fabric trim combo.
The hatch is available Rival Blue, Blizzard Pearl, Silver Metallic, Midnight Black, Galactic Aqua Mica, Scarlet, and Oxide Bronze flavors.
The 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback goes on sale this summer. Pricing hasn’t been announced but it should start under $20,000.