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2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback

By Frank S. Washington | 5/8/2018, 1:06 p.m.
Hatchback is no longer a dirty word in the auto industry. A number of automakers have developed hot hatchbacks that ...
The Toyota Corolla iM Frank Washington

Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist:

Newly added to LDA w/SA is the capability, under some circumstances, to detect the road’s edge, in addition to the pre-existing capability to detect visible lane markers and the vehicle’s position in the lane. If unintentional lane deviation is detected, the system alerts the driver with audible and visual warnings. Steering Assist provides small corrective steering inputs momentarily to help the driver prevent the vehicle from unintentionally leaving its lane.

Automatic High Beam:

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

Lane Tracing Assist:

For highways/freeways, only and can be enabled when using DRCC. It has the capability to recognize white or yellow lane markings or the path of a preceding vehicle if lane markers are temporarily not available; to identify and actively track the center of the lane by providing steering assistance to the driver via a hands-on, driver-assist system. Reduces driver burden and supports safe driving, especially in traffic congestion or long highway trips. The LTA system can be turned on/off.

Road Sign Assist:

Capability to identify certain Stop, Yield, Do Not Enter and Speed Limit signs and display a warning; visual and audible alerts. They vary based on sign type and are displayed on the Multi-Information Display.

Toyota told us that the Corolla Hatchback will be aimed at buyers 35-years-old or younger. In a word that means connectivity will be of the utmost importance.

For SE, standard Entune 3.0 Audio will include an 8-inch touchscreen; six speakers; Apple CarPlay; Amazon Alexa integration; Entune 3.0 App Suite Connect; Safety Connect; Wi-Fi Connect; Scout GPS Link Compatible; 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, which is standard on XSE and optional on SE CVT, adds HD Radio and Weather/Traffic info; SiriusXM with Cache Radio; Entune 3.0 Connected Services; Service Connect; 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.

Although prices had not been finalized at the time of the test drive, I have no doubt Toyota will be aggressive enough that the 2019 Corolla Hatchback becomes an instant player in the hot hatch segment of the market.

Frank S. Washington is editor of AboutThatCar.com