Toyota has announced the 2023 Corolla Hatchback, arriving with safety and multimedia upgrades shared with its sister Sedan model with unique additions.

Across the 2023 Corolla range, all models are equipped with the OEM’s Safety Sense 3.0 suite of ADAS features, including Obstacle Anticipation Assist and Deceleration Assist. The hatchback’s SE grade joins the XSE in featuring a standard Smart Key solution, while both grades add enhanced Sport driving mode tuning. Both model grades also gain two rear-seat USB-C ports, bringing the total offered in the car to four. The XSE itself offers a standard wireless charging pad for Qi-compatible devices and a JBL Premium Audio system.

The center console incorporates a tray that can hold small items such as a smartphone or wallet. This tray also serves as the Qi wireless device charging area, while the center console box can hold a 5.5-inch smartphone.

The new 8-inch Toyota Audio Multimedia system offers an enhanced app offering and including standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. The new system provides range of connectivity and convenience features, including OTA updates and Bluetooth connectivity for up to two smart devices.

An available Wi-Fi Connect subscription offers 4G connectivity for up to five devices, turning the hatchback into an AT&T Hotspot. Likewise, customers can link their separate Apple Music and Amazon Music subscriptions to the vehicle with the new Integrated Streaming feature. This augments the car’s existing audio playback features, including HD Radio, USB data and a SiriusXM Platinum Plan 3-month trial subscription.

Supporting the system is a standard 4.2-inch multi-information display is located between the tachometer and speedometer. The available 7-in Fully Digital Gauge Cluster allows the driver to choose between multiple digital speedometer styles.

Users can interact with the system through a series of touch and voice activation controls. With the available Drive Connect feature package, users can benefit further from access to Intelligent Assistant, Cloud Navigation and Destination Assist (Active Drive Connect trial or subscription required).

With the Intelligent Assistant, the ‘Hey Toyota’ voice command awakens the system that can recognize similar voice-activated commands that search for driving directions, find Points of Interest (POI), adjust audio controls, change the cabin temperature and more. Cloud Navigation is the available onboard navigation solution that utilizes the cloud to download the latest available map, traffic and routing information. To ensure the most up-to-date search capabilities, POI search is provided by Google Points-of-Interest data. Destination Assist also gives access to 24/7 live agent assistance to locate the user’s next destination.

The SE audio system includes six speakers. The audio is provided with JBL Premium Audio system with 8 speakers including an 800-watt amplifier. For 2023, it’s made standard for the XSE.

All Corolla models offer an array of Connected Services available on all grades (trial or subscription required). Safety Connect, now offered with up to a 10-year trial subscription for 2023, includes an Emergency Assistance Button (SOS), 24/7 Enhanced Roadside Assistance, Automatic Collision Notification, Stolen Vehicle Locator and Collision Assistance.

Service Connect, also provided in an up-to 10-year trial subscription, offers drivers the capability of receiving Vehicle Health Reports, Maintenance Alerts and reminders. With the Toyota app, users can stay connected to their Toyota with the available Remote Connect service.

Standard Smart Key System with Push Button Start works on the front doors and hatch and also for remote keyless entry with lock, two-stage unlock, panic and trunk-release functions.