2019 Toyota Corolla hatchback pops up before New York debut

And it looks way more aggressive than before

Toyota’s new 2019 Corolla hatch breaks cover online one week before its official debut at the 2018 NYIAS.

Described as 1 inch lower, 1.2-inch wider and 1.5-inch longer than the model it replaces, the 2019 Corolla hatchback also gets wider tracks front and rear and a stretched wheelbase.

Toyota also mentions the hood sits 2 inches lower than on the Corolla iM, accounting for “excellent forward visibility.” New Corolla’s mug is marked by Lexus-style, J-shaped LED headlights and a dose of aggressiveness we’re seeing more and more on Toyota’s models, including the new 2018 Auris heading to Europe which displays the same styling cues as the new Corolla.

Taillights are also LED while the trunk’s hatch is made of Toyota’s Super Olefin Polymer and Acrylonitrile Butadiene Styrene (ABS, in short), thus cutting down weight and working towards better fuel efficiency.

On the visual side, the new Corolla can sit on 16- to 18-inch wheels, but the hatchback’s appearance depends a lot on the trim level. Since we mentioned it, the new Corolla hatchback range will be initially defined by two versions: Corolla SE and Corolla XSE, with the XSE being the range topper for now. It includes the likes of 18-inch alloys, LED fog lights and adaptive headlamps.

Holding the new Toyota Corolla hatchback is Toyota’s TNGA platform that debuted under the current Prius. With it, Toyota married a 2-liter Dynamic Force direct-injected engine with four cylinders which is said to be more efficient and less noisy than the 1.8-liter unit it replaces. There's no info yet on power and torque levels.

Customers can choose between two transmissions: the Dynamic-Shift CVT (simulating a 10-speed gearing) with Sport Mode and paddle shifters or the six-speed iMT manual gearbox.

Feature-wise, the Corolla SE packs single-zone auto climate control, a leather-wrapped shift knob, electronic parking brake, power windows and two USB ports.

XSE adds dual-zone climate control, leather-fabric seats (also heated), a 7-inch infotainment display and a handful of safety features - lane departure alert, lane tracing assist, pre-collision system, pedestrian detection and blind spot monitor.

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