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Looks like the 2019 iM will have that 'open mouth' front grill that you either hate or like. Headlight design/shape is also sort of bizarre looking (to me) on first impression. The front grill shape reminds me of the the iA, but not nearly as bad. Opting for black, would blend that front into the design better though. Not sure how I feel about that 'decorative' exhaust outlet design bringing up the rear though. I tend to prefer the traditional round exhaust tips over the overdone shaped ones that some cars have. At least the shaped ones pictured are rather compact/unassuming & not stupidly large like I have seen on certain Acura's, etc.

I hope that Toyota carries through with its promise to release hybrid versions of most models in the US - and this is one of them.



 

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Looks like the 2019 iM will have that 'open mouth' front grill that you either hate or like. Headlight design/shape is also sort of bizarre looking (to me) on first impression. The front grill shape reminds me of the the iA, but not nearly as bad. Opting for black, would blend that front into the design better though. Not sure how I feel about that 'decorative' exhaust outlet design bringing up the rear though. I tend to prefer the traditional round exhaust tips over the overdone shaped ones that some cars have. At least the shaped ones pictured are rather compact/unassuming & not stupidly large like I have seen on certain Acura's, etc.

I hope that Toyota carries through with its promise to release hybrid versions of most models - and this is one of them.



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I love the design, but where are the interior pictures? That's what I care about the most. Rear end looks like Opel/Buick, but it's OK.
 

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I'll have to wait until I see it in person but at first glance it looks okay but I like the cleaner, simpler lines of my current iM at first glance. The front end I like 10x better on my iM and I'm not an instant fan of the way it swoops up to the rear of the car. Hate the huge front intake grill. Back is okay but still over done at first glance. Will just have to see what changes the NA Corolla iM have.
 
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I'll have to wait until I see it in person but at first glance it looks okay but I like the cleaner, simpler lines of my current iM at first glance. The front end I like 10x better on my iM and I'm not an instant fan of the way it swoops up to the rear of the car. Hate the huge front intake grill. Back is okay but still over done at first glance. Will just have to see what changes the NA Corolla iM have.
I think that the front headlight/bumper/grill design is the weak link on both the current iM & what is pictured for the 2019 Auris/iM (especially with no factory fog lights on the current model making those big empty black plastic cutouts on right/left front look ridiculous). Toyota seems to have aesthetics problems in the front design area, across all their models now, more or less. Makes black the best paint color choice really, to help blend those ill-conceived front fascias with the rest of the car. I really wish now that I would have opted for black paint on my 2015 Yaris SE, hellhole Arizona sun or not. :D

I couldn't imagine buying the 2018 refresh SE Yaris in anything but black, to blend/conceal that front design & the two black plastic reflector cutouts in the rear bumper. If I decide not to go with a 2019 Auris/iM, that would be my next runner-up, along with possibly a 2018 iM in either barcelona red or black.

 

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I think that the front headlight/bumper/grill design is the weak link on both the current iM & what is pictured for the 2019 Auris/iM (especially with no factory fog lights on the current model making those big empty black plastic cutouts on right/left front look ridiculous). Toyota seems to have aesthetics problems in the front design area, across all their models now, more or less. Makes black the best paint color choice really, to help blend those ill-conceived front fascias with the rest of the car. I really wish now that I would have opted for black paint on my 2015 Yaris SE, hellhole Arizona sun or not. :D

I couldn't imagine buying the 2018 refresh SE Yaris in anything but black, to blend/conceal that front design & the two black plastic reflector cutouts in the rear bumper. If I decide not to go with a 2019 Auris/iM, that would be my next runner-up, along with possibly a 2018 iM in either barcelona red or black.

Now I actually love the front design of the current iM. I understand the issue with the fog light but that is an easy fix. I picked up a set on eBay for $65, problem solved.

I do agree with you on the Yaris though. That new front grill is hideous and does disappear when painted black. I'm not a fan of black paint though. I've owned a few black cars and even my current 2006 xB is black but I bought that used so color is less of an option. It's just so hard to keep clean and swirl marks are always more evident.
 

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I expect the new USA-spec car will likely have 2 grades, the SE and XSE, both will be offered with a 2.0L engine (M20A-FKS?) with either a CVT or 6-speed manual. I don't think we're going to see the hybrids over here for the Corolla Hatchback for 2019.

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Now I actually love the front design of the current iM. I understand the issue with the fog light but that is an easy fix. I picked up a set on eBay for $65, problem solved.

I do agree with you on the Yaris though. That new front grill is hideous and does disappear when painted black. I'm not a fan of black paint though. I've owned a few black cars and even my current 2006 xB is black but I bought that used so color is less of an option. It's just so hard to keep clean and swirl marks are always more evident.
Yeah, I owned a black 5-spd manual Acura Integra GS back in the early 90's and that car was a beast to keep clean & spotless. I also had a manual black Civic Si hatch & manual black Civic EX sedan after that, and same story there. Those were my first & last black cars. That was back when I was living in Atlanta, GA. I can only imagine how brutal the sun/UV is out here in Phoenix, AZ on black cars. Seems like it would be a big headache in all regards. The environmental conditions out here is the main reason why my current car is white - but white cars are all too common here, to put it mildly.
 

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Yeah, I owned a black 5-spd manual Acura Integra GS back in the early 90's and that car was a beast to keep clean & spotless. I also had a manual black Civic Si hatch & manual black Civic EX sedan after that, and same story there. Those were my first & last black cars. That was back when I was living in Atlanta, GA. I can only imagine how brutal the sun/UV is out here in Phoenix, AZ on black cars. Seems like it would be a big headache in all regards. The environmental conditions out here is the main reason why my current car is white - but white cars are all too common here, to put it mildly.
That's because most people are smart! ;)

I like white cars too. I have a few myself.

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I expect the new USA-spec car will likely have 2 grades, the SE and XSE, both will be offered with a 2.0L engine (M20A-FKS?) with either a CVT or 6-speed manual. I don't think we're going to see the hybrids over here for the Corolla Hatchback for 2019.

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Still waiting to find out what the North American product will be
 

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Yeah, I owned a black 5-spd manual Acura Integra GS back in the early 90's and that car was a beast to keep clean & spotless. I also had a manual black Civic Si hatch & manual black Civic EX sedan after that, and same story there. Those were my first & last black cars. That was back when I was living in Atlanta, GA. I can only imagine how brutal the sun/UV is out here in Phoenix, AZ on black cars. Seems like it would be a big headache in all regards. The environmental conditions out here is the main reason why my current car is white - but white cars are all too common here, to put it mildly.
Totally. When done right a freshly polished and waxed black car is amazing, but a day later it looks filthy again.
 

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Toyota commercial for all-new 2019 Auris (Corolla iM):

 

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2019 Corolla Hatchback in SE and XSE grades, M20A-FKS engine, new CVT and 6MT.

For some reason I can't post links, but it's on Toyota USA's pressroom website.

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Here it is:

Hatch is Back! All-New 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Wows at the 2018 New York International Auto Show | Toyota USA Newsroom

Why why why didn't they offer JBL audio with a manual transmission??? *triple facepalm* I guess I will be reinstalling my custom audio setup with some extra upgrades.
 

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I'm not a huge fan of the front grill/design (It looks disturbingly derived from the fugly little iA), but nothing that buying the car in black won't fix via same-color blending.
 
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