The Toyota Corolla iM, once offered in the United States under the name Scion iM, is a compact five door model that the Japanese automaker decided to give a new name for the next generation - the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback. This model essentially is a North American version of the Euro-spec Auris that made an appearance at the 2018 Geneva Motor Show.
When being compared to the model it replaces, the car has been elongated by 1.5 inches, now being 172 inches long. The wheelbase, on the other hand, measures 103.9 inches long and and is now 70.5 inches wider (1.2 inches wider), it has also been lowered by an inch, now being 56.6 inches from top to bottom.
Similar to the Auris, and most of Toyota’s new models, the Corolla Hatchback will soon be be based on Toyota’s New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform, that comes along with a quieter cabin, thanks to the extra seals in the body panel gaps and the sound proof materials.
The Corolla’s European cousin actually did not reveal its cabin at the Geneva Motor Show since all the windows had been blacked out. But finally, we will get to see the new cabin in the US spec model.
As you can see in the photos provided, the new cabin features more spacious stowage areas - like a large center console box that fits a smartphone with a 5.5 inch touchscreen. The interior is then styled in a combination of both glossy and matte surfaces, along with large cup holders on the front doors (that can fit 24 ounce bottles and A4 sized documents), as well as in the back where the rear doors can carry 16 ounce bottles.
Under its hood is a 2.0 liter gasoline engine that replaces the former 1.8 liter unit. This new engine is lighter and also smaller than what the Corolla iM had. It also generates lower noise vibration harshness (NVH) which means that passengers will have a smoother and quieter ride experience.
So far, Toyota has not revealed the output of this engine, but if it replaces the 1.8 liter engine, then it should have a little over 137 horsepower and 126 pound feet of torque. This power will be channeled to the front wheels through a new and lighter six-speed manual that is now lighter at 88 pounds / 40 kilograms, or a completely new continuously variable transmission.
Safety features will come as a standard for the US spec, with the Toyota Safety Sense, so it will have a variety of systems including lane departure warning (with steering assist), automatic high beam, lane tracing assist, and a pre collision system with pedestrian detection. There will also be seven airbags, an 8-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay integration, backup camera, and a six speaker sound system.
We should see this model as it makes its debut at the 2018 New York Auto Show.