Toyota Corolla hatchback at the New York auto show

Toyota is debuting the 2019 Corolla Hatchback in the Big Apple at the 2018 New York International Auto Show. A small car with a hatch, technologically savvy, stylish beyond its size, the hatchback, comes in two trim levels; SE or XSE.

As is the case with most Toyotas there is a slew of standard features that includes Entune 3.0 with Apple CarPlay and Amazon Alexa Connectivity. Toyota’s New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform and a revised sport-tuned suspension are on stage as well as the first North American application of Toyota Safety Sense 2.0.

Preliminary Engine Specifications:

Engine Model:
M20A-FKS

No. Cylinders and Arrangement:
4-cylinder, inline

Valve Mechanism:
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 / Torque:
TBD / TBD

Preliminary Exterior Dimensions (vs. MY2018) [difference]:

Wheelbase:
103.9 inch (102.4) [+1.5 in.]

Overall Length:
172.0 inch (170.5) [+1.5 in.]

Overall Width:
70.5 inch (69.3) [+1.2 in.]

Overall Height:
56.6 inch (57.5) [-1.0 in.]

The Sound of Music by JBL in the Corolla hatchback

For the SE trim, standard Entune 3.0 Audio includes an 8-inch touchscreen and six speakers. Apple CarPlay is compatible, Amazon Alexa, Entune 3.0 App Suite Connect, Safety Connect, and Wi-Fi Connect. Also included are Scout GPS Link Compatibility, 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 the XSE trim level and optional on SE CVT. You can also add HD Radio and Weather/Traffic info, SiriusXM with Cache Radio, Entune 3.0 Connected Services, Service Connect, and 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 powerful 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).

About the Author:

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a member of the North American Car and Truck of the Year (NACTOY), Women's World Car of the Year (WWCOTY), and the Concept Car of the Year.

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