The hatchback is now made from TSOP (Toyota Super Olefin Polymer) and ABS (Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene) – a lightweight material to aid fuel efficiency. It’s also set at a steeper angle (moved 14 degrees forward) for a sportier look. Toyota also says Aero Stabilizing Fins located on its taillights combat wind drone which makes the hatch quieter inside.
Under the hood, the Corolla Hatchback carries a 2.0-liter Dynamic-Force inline four-cylinder engine that’s both direct and port injection. While no power numbers are out yet, that generally translates to more power. It offers a compression of up to 13:1.
The engine is smaller and lighter than its 1.8-liter four-cylinder predecessor, which also helps to lower Corolla Hatchback’s center of gravity. It’s also quieter with less noise vibration thanks to a more rigid crank case with integrated stiffener; a lighter resin cylinder head cover; and a ribbed oil pan.
The engine is mated to an all-new CVT unless, of course, you go with the 6-speed manual gearbox. If not, the Dynamic-Shift CVT has simulated 10-speed Sequential Shiftmatic steps, Sport Mode, and paddle shifters. It also includes the world’s first launch gear in a passenger vehicle CVT. It improves transmission efficiency in lower gear ratios where belt efficiency is typically poor. You can read more about it here
SE OR XSE Trims
The 2019 Corolla Hatchback can be had in two trims: SE or XSE. Both grades receive LED headlamps and taillights, chrome rear diffuser, and alloy wheels.