New Toyota Corolla hatchback revealed

New Toyota Corolla hatchback revealed

Toyota has begun using autonomous vehicle (AV) technology to improve the safety and efficiency of its new vehicle durability testing.

For much the past few years, we've watched automakers roll out new hatchbacks that were previously thought to be unpopular and, thus, not saleable.

Following the recent news that one of Uber's self-driving test vehicles in Arizona had fatally struck a pedestrian there, execs at Toyota have chose to temporarily put a pause to their own self-driving vehicle test program. The clean profile ends in a stubby hatchback with cutouts around the rear bumper that give it a protruding look. The standard 8-inch touchscreen infotainment display is mounted high on the dash, with buttons along the side for major functions and knobs for volume and tuning.

Matte silver and piano black accents, coupled with optional contrast stitching, add a premium look and feel, while more uniform materials and the removal of unnecessary switchgear lettering contribute to a cleaner design. Apple CarPlay, Amazon Alexa integration and in-car Wi-Fi are standard. However, that only scratches the surface. Satin silver and gloss black highlights abound in the blue American-market "XSE" sports model shown here, matched to well-bolstered seats with a combination black "leather" and grey fabric upholstery. Smartphones can charge wirelessly via a Qi pad at the front of the center console, and XSE models come with dual-zone automatic climate control. Toyota notes its pedestrian detection technology "sees" pedestrians even in the dark, and the pre-collision assist function applies the brakes if it detects a collision can't be avoided. Also standard is new lane-centering steering, which can center the vehicle in its lane - not just pinball you off the markings - by reading markings or, in some situations, the auto ahead.

Capability to automatically activate and deactivate high beams based on driving environment and preceding vehicle's lights.

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Petrol models in the new Corolla range will be powered by Toyota's new naturally-aspirated M20A-FKS 2.0-litre Dynamic Force engine, revealed in February as a smaller and lighter replacement for the 1.8-litre mill now used.

Here in the States, the 2019 Corolla Hatchback will be powered by a 2.0-liter inline-4, although Toyota hasn't yet specified final horsepower or torque figures. It's smaller and lighter and is constructed to help reduce noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH). Chart analysts may also use the indicator to project possible price reversals and to define trends. Up front, it reminds us of the newest Avalon and Camry. The first is a 6-speed manual, available in both the SE and XSE models. The iMT box automatically rev-matches on downshifts for extra smoothness and a bit of that aural sportiness. The motor is used in lieu of oil pressure to control the valve timing, Toyota says. The K120 transmission features a launch gear in the passenger car-CVT, a first in the world! The upshot is that the sluggish launch from a stop that plagues almost all CVT-type transmissions is reduced or eliminated.

Built off of Toyota's new global architecture, the Corolla hatchback shares the Auris' frowning maw, which envelops the face from mid-bumper down. However, we'd be happy to be wrong about that, too.

Toyota is making a big deal of a hatchback version of the Corolla being back, but in some ways it never actually went away.