During the last New York Auto Show, Toyota surprised everyone by reviving a model that some thought had gone the way of the dodo (or the FJ Cruiser), the Corolla Hatchback.

There are many reasons why the announcement that an all-new 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback was coming back to the Canadian market is a great thing. Here are three reasons you should be pumped to drive it.

 1: Hatchbacks are a Canadian favourite

While our Southern neighbours have been fawning over everything that looks like an SUV, we Canadians still enjoy our small and sensible hatchbacks. Their size makes them really great to maneuver around town, but they are big enough to tackle the open road with lots of luggage in the back. Their smaller stature also means smaller engines, which equates to greater fuel economy. And who doesn’t like saving a few bucks?

The 2019 Corolla Hatchback will offer up to around 1,176 litres of interior space and fold-flat rear seats to maximize it.

2: All-new powertrain

Toyota is usually fairly conservative when it comes to their drivetrains. Even on new cars, you often see a proven engine and transmission combo, with only minor changes compared to the previous year’s model. This is one of the many reasons Toyota vehicles are renowned for their reliability.

The 2019 Corolla Hatchback, however, needed a change. Under the hood sits a completely new 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine. Filled to the brim with modern technologies like direct injection and variable valve timing and lift, this little engine is ready to tackle both the city and the open road. And, in a decision that surprised analysts and made enthusiasts cheer, the 2019 Corolla Hatchback will be available with an all-new six-speed manual transmission.

Sure, you can also order it with an automatic CVT transmission that simulates 10 forward gears, but we urge you to consider this stick-operated wonder of modern technology. With features like an automatic rev-matching (enabling smoother downshift) and lighter throws, you will rediscover what it means to drive a fun car every day.

3: New look

The 2019 Corolla Hatchback is targeted at young buyers, so simply adding a larger cargo area to the existing Corolla wouldn’t do. This is why the newcomer looks and feels different when compared to its sedan brother. First of all, the Corolla Hatchback sits on a completely new platform, the Toyota New Global Architecture (or TNGA for short), which it shares with the European Toyota Auris. This is why the hatchback looks unique: it has a lower and more aerodynamic front end, a more squared back and is both larger and lower than the iM it will replace. The car appears dynamic and thanks to available low-profile wheels and a ground-effect body kit it will stand out in the parking lot… especially when painted in that gorgeous Blue that is shown in these press pictures!

We’re excited to welcome the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback at Northwest Toyota. Contact us to learn more about arrival dates or to pre-book a test drive.