The 2019 Toyota Corolla hatchback is a huge improvement over the old Corolla iM, but could Toyota do even better with a hot hatch version? Toyota is currently considering a hotter version of the new Corolla hatchback that could rival heavyweights like the VW GTI.

2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback Review

Speaking to Australia’s Drive, Toyota’s chief engineer Yasushi Ueda revealed that Toyota is considering a high performance version of the Corolla, but with a twist. While the Corolla’s rivals all use small turbocharged engines, a high performance version of the Corolla hatchback could instead get a hybrid powertrain. Ueda stated that a hybrid version “sounds very good to me.”

A Corolla hot hatch hybrid could also get an all-wheel drive powertrain with an electric motor powering the rear wheels. For now the idea sounds promising, but we don’t know when Toyota will make a final decision about a Corolla hot hatch.

“We don’t have any detailed plan yet,” Ueda stated. “Of course in the future the idea of a hot hybrid sounds very good.”

Source: Drive