New Hot Hatch Tipped To Pave Subaru's Wrc Return

New Hot Hatch Tipped To Pave Subaru's WRC ReturnIt’s pretty remarkable, when you think about it, how Subaru has held on to its rally-conquering image ten years after having withdrawn from the WRC, and over twenty years since it last won the title. But the latest rumors coming from Japan suggest that it’s preparing to return, and develop a new road-going hot hatch to pave the way.

2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback: Plastic Hatch And Other Fun Facts

2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback: Plastic hatch and other fun facts

Historically, the Toyota Corolla hasn't been associated with words like "interesting," "exciting" or anything resembling enthusiasm, with the obvious exception of the earlier rear-drive models. But the 2019 Corolla Hatchback seems different. It looks aggressive. It's going to be available with a manual. And since Toyota says that being fun-to-drive is the top reason for buying a small hatchback, here's hoping it will indeed be fun. But besides these tidbits, there are other interesting facets to the Corolla Hatchback that we learned while in New York.

It's way stiffer and has a lower center of gravity

The new Corolla hatchback is built off of the TNGA modular platform that underpins the Prius, C-HR, Camry and now the RAV4. And one of the big benefits of this chassis is that it's pretty rigid. Toyota says that the new hatch is a full 60 percent more rigid than the current Corolla iM hatchback. The center of gravity has also been lowered by 2 cm. Both of these should help make it a more enjoyable car to drive.

The 2019 Corolla Hatch Might Just Bring 'fun' Into Toyota's Mainstream Vocabulary Again

The 2019 Corolla Hatch Might Just Bring ‘Fun' Into Toyota's Mainstream Vocabulary AgainWith a few notable exceptions, Toyota is synonymous for bulletproof, yet unexciting, vehicles that will get you from point A to point B day in, day out, with no problem – and nothing to remember about, either. That’s not necessarily a bad thing, as there are lots of customers who appreciate such qualities, but the Japanese automaker wants to change its image.

Corolla Hot Hatch? Sporty Toyota Corolla Hatchback Coming To New York

Corolla hot hatch? Sporty Toyota Corolla Hatchback coming to New York

When Toyota showed its new Auris hatchback at the Geneva Motor Show, we expected there to be an announcement about the car's eventual availability in the U.S. market under some other name. Earlier Aurises have been sold as Scion iMs and Corolla iMs, Now, at the New York International Auto Show, Toyota is introducing the car as the sporty Corolla Hatchback.

The major difference between naming the hatch Auris or Corolla is that the European car gets just one non-hybrid powerplant, a 1.2-liter turbo engine. But the U.S.-market Corolla Hatchback gets just one engine to begin with: a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated direct injection four-cylinder unit with Dual VVT-i. The power output isn't yet announced, and neither are any other engine choices or hybrid systems to follow.