New Toyota Auris Crosses The Pond, Becomes North America’s 2019 Corolla

Known as the Scion iM before Toyota axed its sub-brand and renamed it the Corolla iM, the brand’s compact hatchback is now in its 12th generation and will make its North America debut in New York next week.

Essentially a rebadged version of the all-new Toyota Auris, the 2019 Corolla is all but identical to its European twin. Its exterior design is described as “a meticulously mixed cocktail of emotive lines, creases and surfaces”, and unlike the latest Auris, it reveals its cabin, too.

The standard 8-inch high-res touchscreen display dominates the dashboard, sitting on top of the air vents and climate control. The car also gets Qi wireless charging, a 7-inch TFT multi-info display in the higher spec, smartphone connectivity, an optional JBL premium sound system, the usual USB and AUX ports and voice recognition, leather upholstery and more.

By switching to the TNGA platform, the 2019 Corolla is now 1.5in (38mm) longer, 1.2in (31mm) wide and 1.0in (25mm) lower than its predecessor, and has a 1.5in (38mm) longer wheelbase. Moreover, it features additional sound-deadening material.

Toyota will offer the all-new Corolla in North America with just one engine, a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline unit which replaces the old 1.8-liter and is said to be both smaller and lighter. It works paired to a six-speed manual or a new CVT gearbox.

The manufacturer hasn’t released full specs yet, but on the other side of the Atlantic, the new Auris also uses a 2.0-liter unit, as a petrol-electric option rated at 178hp. Still, there’s no ‘hybrid’ badge on the tailgate of the American version, so we’re likely looking at conventional and not a hybrid powertrain.

The new Corolla will go on sale this summer in two grades. The first one is called SE and gets a lot of standard features, including LED lighting units, alloy wheels, single-zone climate control, electronic parking brake and a host of driving assistance equipment.

The XSE adds LED fog lamps, chrome front grille surround, dual-zone climate control, leather upholstery, unique stitching on the instrument panel, doors and behind the steering wheel, eight-way power driver’s seat and heated front seats, in addition to other options.

We expect additional info to be available at the New York Auto Show at the latest, so you might want to stay tuned for any updates.

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  • TheHake

    Very sharp looking outside. I don’t like the interior though.

    • 31/12/2999

      There is not anymore a lot of buttons, now in days all is more functional and practical. Did you see new Volvo’s interior style design??

      • TheHake

        Yes, but the Volvo design was thought through. This just looks like an afterthought. They spent lots of effort on the exterior design, but nothing on the interior.

      • salamOOn

        “not anymore a lot of buttons” is not practical.

        • RDS Alphard

          All the essential buttons/dials are still out there, I don’t see how impractical it is… it has the same buttons/dials available as my 20+ years old Corolla, I’d say it works for daily basis.

          But being a Toyota, the infotainment system probably dog shit.

          • HeyroPairo

            This is supposed to be the first vehicle with Toyota’s next gen infotainment system. Should be an improvement… it can’t get any worse.

    • Kate E

      Better than VW which lacks buttons

    • Dennis Scipio

      My opinion is the minority, but I can live with the look of the Interior.

      • Nordschleife

        Well I am with you two. We are 2 of 2,000.

      • Autoexperte

        and I can also live with that interior

        • alexxx

          Count me in…best looking auris/corrola …inside out

    • Perry F. Bruns

      The suddenly-sane but still-attractive front clip is my favorite part of the new design.

  • Christian Wimmer

    This really looks like a nice little hatch, inside and out. It looks sporty and dynamic and even has some slightly aggressive undertones. I wouldn’t mind owning this – would be nice if they made a wagon version.

    Toyota had some visually pleasing designs in the 1970s and 1980s, but since then it’s been dull and bland all the way. Good to see that times are [perhaps] changing and Toyota is making an effort when it comes to style (hell the new Camry in sport trim even looks good! A good-looking Camry!? That’s on oxymoron!). I hope this trend continues.

    • Autoexperte

      the Toyota Auris wagon (current generation) is a bestseller in Europe, it’s very likely that there will be another

  • 31/12/2999

    Well, I didn’t want to say this, but this a masterpiece. I just only want they offer a model who can compete with the Ford Fusion RS and Civic Type R and then i will buy a brand new Corolla. Hope for this.

    • Incog Nito

      Looks much more beautiful than previous ones yes, but a masterpiece? Nope, I don’t agree.

    • Infinite1

      You mean the Focus RS… I wish Toyota would build a competitor for the RS and the Type R as well but I’m not keeping my hopes up.

  • Roland Fairwater

    I’ve always felt like the current Corolla was incredibly bland. However, only offering the new one in SE & XSE models will mean that the cheaper L and LE as well as the posher XLE will go away. I’m interested to see what the sedan version looks like, since the American market shows marked preference of four-doors over hatchbacks.


    saloon is still available?

    • Vanishing Boy

      Yes. Don’t worry i won’t disappear anytime soon. The next-gen (will have the same design cues) will be released next year.

  • TheBelltower

    Compared to the last several Corollas, this is a huge step up. Nasty interior though.

    • Vanishing Boy

      A huge step-up simply because it’s engineered in Europe like the iM (although packaged very minimally). The Sedan (xB/Rumion and the Matrix) is another story.

  • sean tooher

    no wonder they decided not to unveil the interior until now, what a joke ! as for the exterior a few flashy lights do not hide the bland boring backward look ….

  • salamOOn

    finally a nice toyota!

  • RDS Alphard

    It’s actually very good looking! Also the car looks really low & wide!

    I’m disappointed at the powertrain because it looks like a 300hp car, but actually just 110hp!

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  • Jason Miller

    Corolla sedan is dead then?

    • Dennis Scipio

      No, there will be a new Corolla sedan unveiled later this year, possibly for either the 2019 or 2020 Model Year.

    • Vanishing Boy

      Unlikely, Americans and Asians love sedans. Expect for the sedan version to be released next year. Hopefully will share this platform instead a separate platform like the Sedan and the iM is.

  • Autoexperte

    nice interior

  • Six Thousand Times

    Looking better than the Civic hatch.

    • Kate E

      Civic is hideous

    • Honda NSX-R

      I agree

    • Vanishing Boy

      It may be hideous, but it drives far better than this Corolla ever be.

      • Six Thousand Times

        No doubt but so ugly.

        • Vanishing Boy

          That is why I pick the Elantra GT (Sport) as my top pick.

  • DMax

    Exterior is pretty good looking, unique. But wtf is that on the inside? It looks so bare bones. Mazda 3, which is on sale for what 4 or 5 years now, has better interior.

  • Benjamin B.

    I wouldn’t be surprised if Toyota unveils a Corolla Hybrid later as an upgrade engine, to be position below the Prius Liftback.

  • Kate E

    Better looking than the WRX lol

  • Marc Te

    Looks more like a scaled down Matrix😁

    • Jørn-tommy Skjellnes

      The Matrix was build on the 1 gen auris, so i understand that 🙂

  • Nordschleife

    Looks pretty snazzy to me. Exciting but not overly creased and lined. Its like someone knew when to put the pen down. Interior is austere but nice looking.

  • Enter Ranting

    “A meticulously mixed cocktail?” I guess if you count plastic bottle vodka and Redbull a cocktail…

  • no25

    Wow, I can’t believe I’m saying this, but I kind of want one! Looks great! Interior could be a bit nicer, but it’s not awful.

  • Vanishing Boy

    Ever since the XRS two generations ago, the Corolla is as anonymous as ever. The Elantra GT/i30, the Civic Sport/Hatch, and the Mazda3/Axela are a much better buy than this. I will lump this Corolla into the 3rd tier of compact hatches:

    (Hatches only. Excluding Performance / Alternative Fuel Models. USDM only)
    Top Tier – Elantra GT | Civic Sport | Mazda3
    Meh Tier – Golf | Impreza | Forte | Focus
    Ugh Tier – Cruze | Corolla

    • Kate E

      Not everyone wants a sporty, rough-riding ugly swooping looking hatch.

      • Vanishing Boy

        ‘Ugly swooping looking hatch.’ Um, hello! This Corolla/Auris is swoopier (ie. uglier) than the i30/Elantra GT. The Elantra GT can be had with the softer, non-sporty, non-turbo model.

        If i’m going to match up with your preferences, then I’ll pick the Impreza or the Golf.

  • Honda NSX-R

    Looks great! It kind of reminds me of a Buick compact from the back (forgot what it’s called), gives it that premium look.

  • Jake

    Have to admit this is quite impressive for Toyota, would be unfortunate if they didn’t make a go fast version

    • Vanishing Boy

      I agree, ever since the XRS versions. I didn’t even bother looking at the Corolla line anymore. Plus the Civic & Elantra GT is a far better buy.

  • Alex AJ

    Looks great, but they should have kept the name – Auris. Corolla just ruins the coolness factor.

    • Vanishing Boy

      It should be called the ‘Matrix’. It’s a more popular name here in the US. That name outsells every ‘Corolla’ named hatches including the iM in the US.


    They should have sunroof

  • Liam Paul

    so toyota is making a copy of the mazda 2 hatch?

    • Vanishing Boy

      More like the Opel/Vauxhall Astra.

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