For all the Toyota lovers who are looking for an attractive hatchback with affordable price and solid engine under its hood, then you should check out the all-new 2018 Toyota Corolla iM. The upcoming 2018 model year will arrive mostly unchanged.
The Toyota Corolla iM is a small vehicle which is suitable for the everyday drive because of its small dimensions. It is easy to park everywhere, it is safe and reliable as well. However, it features a small 1.8-liter engine under its hood and perhaps it lacks in power, but it is more fuel efficient compared to its main rivals. Furthermore, the Corolla iM features functional and nicely designed cabin with many modern features. It comes as the one model which is very well-equipped with plenty of latest infotainment and safety systems. So, the only things you can in fact choose are transmission and color.
Its key competitors on the market will be Volkswagen Golf, Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra, Chevrolet Cruze and Mazda 3.
2018 Toyota Corolla iM engine and performance
Under the hood of the 2018 Toyota Corolla iM will be placed the same engine which is found in the current model. It is a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder unit which can develop 137 horsepower and 126 pound-feet of torque. The engine will pair with a standard six-speed manual transmission. However, a continuously variable transmission will be optional. Its top speed will be limited to 112 mph and it will be able to hit 60 mph in 9.1 seconds.
As for the fuel economy, with manual transmission, it gets 27 mpg in the city and 35 mpg on the highway. With CVT, it is rated at 28/36 mpg in the city/highway.
Design of exterior and interior
Speaking of the exterior, the 2018 Toyota Corolla iM will feature the same design as the current model. It looks very handsome and attractive with a swept-back roofline and a bit aggressive styling. The front fascia is dominated by the black honeycomb grille and a pair of slim LED headlamps. There will also be standard LED daytime running lights. On the rear, we will notice chrome exhaust pipes, LED tail lamps and a spoiler. Furthermore, the Toyota iM will ride on 17-inch alloy wheels.
Speaking of the interior, the 2018 Toyota Corolla iM will feature sufficiently spacious cabin which will be very functional and very well equipped. The rear legroom will be a bit crowded when we compared it to the Mazda3 or Volkswagen for example. As for the cargo room, considering its size, it is solid with the room of 20.8 cubic feet. On the center of the dashboard, there will be a 7.0-inch touchscreen.
When it comes to the equipment, the Corolla iM will come standard with cruise control, dual-zone automatic climate control, audio system with 6 speakers, USB, Bluetooth, power windows and locks, 4.2-inch driver-information display and a rearview camera. Furthermore, the Toyota’s safety Sense C driver-assist suite will add eight airbags, lane departure warning, automatic high beams, pre-collision braking and so on.
Release date and price
The 2018 Toyota Corolla iM is already available on the market. Its price start ar around $19,750.