2021 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Special Edition: First Look

© Toyota Motor Sales, USA2021 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Special Edition
Boasting Supersonic Red paint and a bold body kit, the 2021 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Special Edition is a limited production run designed to highlight the 2021 Corolla Hatchback. To create exclusivity the automaker will be producing a mere 1,500 examples of this Special Edition, and these hot hatches are scheduled to begin hitting showrooms in late summer 2020.

© Toyota Motor Sales, USACorolla Hot Hatch
Based on the Corolla Hatchback SE with Dynamic Shift CVT, the Special Edition adds a body kit that includes a front splitter, side skirts, a black rear roof spoiler, rear bumper trim and a Special Edition badge. The body kit, Supersonic Red paint and black-painted 18-inch alloy wheels enhance the hot-hatch looks of the 2021 Corolla.

© Toyota Motor Sales, USASpecial Edition Power
The sporty 2021 Corolla Hatchback Special Edition features a 2.0-liter Dynamic Force engine producing 168 horsepower and 151 lb-ft of torque, combined with a Dynamic Shift CVT that offers simulated 10-speed Sequential Shiftmatic steps, a Sport mode and paddle shifters. In addition, the Dynamic Shift CVT has a distinctive feel compared to other CVTs; it employs a gearset at launch for initial acceleration before transitioning to the CVT’s pulley system.

© Toyota Motor Sales, USAAdded Safety
All 2021 Corolla Hatchback trim levels receive standard rear-seat side airbags, bringing the total number to 10. In addition, rear cross-traffic alert with blind-spot monitoring is standard for Corolla Hatchback XSE and optional for SE with the SE Preferred package. Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 is standard on all 2021 Corolla Hatchback variants and includes a pre-collision system with vehicle and pedestrian detection, full-speed range dynamic radar cruise control (CVT only), lane departure alert with steering assist, automatic high-beam headlights, lane-tracing assist (CVT only) and road sign assist.

© Toyota Motor Sales, USAEnhanced Cargo Space
Also new for 2021 is an enhanced cargo space option that lowers the cargo floor to add 6 cubic feet of additional storage behind the rear seats. To achieve the additional room, engineers had to replace the spare wheel and tire with a tire repair kit.

© Toyota Motor Sales, USANightshade Edition
The Corolla Hatchback SE Nightshade Edition returns for 2021 with blackout trim, black 18-inch alloy wheels and a choice of three exterior colors: Classic Silver Metallic, Midnight Black Metallic or Super White. The blackout trim includes the rocker panels, front valance, door handles, mirror caps, a shark fin antenna, a rear roof spoiler and headlight inner frames.

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