This is the second of four blog articles focusing on important characteristics of the new 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback and Touring Sports models. We have already examined the model’s exterior and interior design. Following articles will concentrate on the vehicle’s dynamics and its powertrains and performance.
2019 Toyota Corolla: comfort and technology
The new 2019 Toyota Corolla is equipped with a comprehensive range of comfort and convenience technology features, either as standard or available as an option, according to model grade. The highlights are summarised below.
Three LED headlight systems are featured in the Corolla line-up, according to model grade – a triple LED parabola unit headlamp; a bi-beam LED headlight with Automatic High Beam System; and an LED headlight with an Adaptive High-beam System.
World-first 3D driver’s meter
The driver’s meter cluster includes a seven-inch multi-information display with a choice of digital or analogue speedometer modes. The panel can also be switched to a world-first 3D effect in which the dials appear to float in mid-air.
The position and brightness of the head-up display can be adjusted using controls on the steering wheel. The ten-inch colour TFT display projects driving information and alerts on to the windscreen in the driver’s line of sight, including speed limits, navigation prompts and an eco driving indicator.
Toyota Touch 2 multimedia system
The Toyota Touch 2 with Go multimedia system is operated using a full-colour, eight-inch touchscreen in the centre console. It is quick and intuitive to use, reacting to familiar pinch, zoom and slide gestures like a smartphone.
eCall will automatically contact emergency services in the event of an accident in which the airbags are deployed, giving details of the vehicle’s precise location and the number of people on board. The eCall button can also be used to reach the emergency services directly; the call is made using the car’s built-in SIM, with no charge to the owner.
Connected services will be available, giving access to convenience and peace-of-mind features such as Last Mile Guidance, Send to Car navigation, Find My Car, Driving Analytics and Maintenance Reminder.
JBL GreenEdge Premium sound system
An eight-speaker JBL Premium sound system will be available for new Corolla hybrid electric models. The speakers, which include JBL’s signature horn tweeter mounted in the A-pillar, have been tuned to suit Corolla’s notably quiet cabin. The system incorporates Clari-Fi technology which supplements frequencies that are lost in compressed digital audio files, restoring the sound quality and stereo mix as closely as possible to the original recording.
Wireless phone charging
A wireless charging system allows Wireless Power Consortium compatible phones to be charged simply by placing them on a dedicated pad located in front of the gear lever.
Skyview panoramic sunroof
The Skyview panoramic sunroof has two glass panels. The front panel slides to give a maximum opening of 272mm, with a mesh deflector to reduce wind noise. The roof is also fitted with an internal roller shade.
Power tailgate kick sensor
A hands-free kick sensor is available for the power tailgate on the Corolla Touring Sports, activated by sliding a foot beneath the central section of the rear bumper. The tailgate’s fully open height can be customised to suit the owner’s preference. The tailgate also has a one-touch lock and close button.
Simple Park Assist with Intelligent Clearance Sonar
The SIPA system uses a rear camera and ultrasonic sensors on the sides of the front bumper to identify viable reverse and parallel parking spaces. It will automatically apply the correct sequence of steering angles to manoeuvre the car into the target space; all the driver has to do is control the vehicle’s speed. SIPA activates the Intelligent Clearance Sonar system to ensure safe manoeuvring.
Please note that UK specifications and details will be confirmed nearer to launch.