You’ve seen pictures of the new 2019 Toyota Corolla hatchback. I’ve driven it and it’s good. Good, in the sense that it’s just refined and sporty enough to please typical Corolla buyers and steal attention away from the Civic hatchback, Mazda3 Sport and the other compact 5-door cars.
If you like the segment, then you’ve been in a good mood for the better part of a half-decade thanks the VW Golf R, the Ford Focus ST and RS and Civic Type R finally making their way to our shores.
While not as potent as the aforementioned cars and if we lived in Japan, we’d have access to an interesting Corolla. This car has a turbocharged 1.2-litre engine that produces 116 horsepower from 5,200 to 5,600 rpm and 137 lb.-ft. of torque between 1,500 and 4,000 rpm. This same Corolla would also get a 6-speed manual transmission and AWD!
All Corollas are based on Toyota’s TNGA platform which means we could get something like this in the future. We’re willing to bet the powerplant will be a little more powerful, should it come.