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2019 Toyota Corolla iM: Geneva Auto Show

author photo by Malcolm Flynn March 2018

What Is It?

An all-new version of the Toyota Corolla iM, the 2019 model is longer, wider and lower than the car it replaces. The new model also brings a more road-hugging and athletic stance than ever before.

Its overall surface language is similar to the recent C-HR and Camry, with the front end representing the latest version of the theme started by the Mirai, and since applied to the Prius, C-HR, updated Yaris and Camry. The new Corolla iM's headlights share visual cues with the Supra concept also revealed today.

The new car's interior is still under wraps, however, with the show car's windows tinted and the doors locked.

Under the skin is a version of the TNGA platform that also underpins the Prius, C-HR and Camry. Unlike several rivals, European versions -- at least -- of the new Corolla iM hatch pack a multi-link independent suspension. The new chassis is more rigid with a lower center of gravity, which is claimed to improve handling without compromising comfort.

The hatch's wheelbase has also been stretched over the current model's 102.4 inches, but Toyota has yet to confirm exact measurements. What is known is that the overall length has grown by 1.6 inches and width by 1.2 inches; the roof is 1-inch lower, while the cowl height is down by a significant 1.85 inches to improve visibility.

The front overhang has been reduced by 0.8 inches, while the rear overhang has increased by the same measure, and 14 degrees more rake to the rear window contributes to a significant overall shift in proportions. Despite these adjustments, the development team aimed to retain the current model's interior usability.

U.S.-spec levels are yet to be confirmed, but all European versions will come standard with autonomous emergency braking, in addition to an array of other safety features.

Internationally, the new model will be available with a version of the latest Prius's 1.8-liter gas-electric hybrid powertrain, which promises more low-range torque and electric-only driving range. There's also the C-HR's 1.2-liter turbo petrol for Europe at least, while the U.S. is likely to score a new direct-injected, naturally aspirated gasoline engine. Its capacity and other details were yet to be clarified at the time of writing, but substantial power, torque and gas mileage gains are promised.

How Much?

U.S. pricing is yet to be announced, but isn't expected to deviate from the current model's $18,850 starting MSRP.

When Can You Get It?

It's due by the end of summer 2018.

Add It to Your Shopping List Because....

The Corolla has always been a safe choice, but this new model promises to be a better match for segment benchmarks than ever, and could become the new class leader. It finally looks pretty classy too.

Other Cars to Consider

Honda Civic -- A well-rounded hatchback with solid fuel economy, a roomy cabin and excellent reliability.

Hyundai Elantra -- Great value, top-notch warranty, quality interior and smooth ride.

Mazda3 -- Excellent fuel economy, sporty handling, lots of value and comfy interior.

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