As you know by now, the Corolla iM will not be returning for the 2019 model year. Instead, an all-new Toyota Corolla Hatchback will join the lineup, and we cannot wait for its release date. While we took a broad look at what’s new in the Corolla Hatchback a couple of weeks ago, we thought we’d look a bit more closely at some of those new specs & features today.
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“The Corolla has been a legendary success for Toyota – and now it’s time for a new vehicle to join the Corolla family and write the next chapter in that legend. The all-new 2019 Corolla Hatchback represents an unprecedented change to the Corolla. The result is a very sporty design with the powertrain and handling to ensure it’s absolutely as fun as it looks – and a whole lot more.”
– Cyril Dimitris, Vice President, Toyota Canada Inc.
We mentioned in our last blog on the topic that the biggest area of changes comes in the advanced safety features found in the vehicle. Not only is there a completely new feature joining the second version of Toyota Safety Sense, but a couple of the preexisting technologies have been updated. The Pre-Collision System with Pedestrian Detection is now capable of detecting pedestrians at night and cyclists during the day, in addition to everything of which it was already capable. Lane Departure Alert is also now capable of detecting the road’s edge in addition to lane lines.
But there is one completely new technology joining Toyota Safety Sense 2.0, and it’s called Lane Tracing Assist. It is only for us during highway or freeway driving while DRCC is in use. The technology has the ability to sense exactly where lane lines are, or to trace the path of a vehicle in front of you if there are no lane lines, and then deliver steering assistance. This was designed to reduce the burden placed on a driver on long road trips or during heavy traffic.
Additionally, the powertrain is all-new and based on the Toyota New Global Architecture platform. It’s centered around a brand-new 2.0L 4-cylinder engine. Though we don’t yet know efficiency or even power ratings, we know it’s going to deliver more of both. It can also be tethered to a number of new transmissions, including a Direct Shift-CVT or 6-speed Intelligent Manual Transmission.
Of course, there were also a host of design changes inside and out. If you’d like to stay hip to updates about the vehicle, be sure to get in touch with us right here at Go Toyota on the Trail!