Apple CarPlay, Qi wireless charging arrive in 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback

in iPhone edited March 2018
Longtime CarPlay holdout Toyota is making good on promises to deliver Apple's automotive infotainment platform to drivers, and plans to integrate the technology in its all new 2019 Corolla Hatchback this year.

Due for unveiling at this week's New York Auto Show, the 2019 Corolla Hatchback will arrive bearing an 8-inch touchscreen running Toyota's Entune Audio in-car infotainment system. The latest version 3.0 will, at least for the Corolla Hatchback, feature built-in CarPlay integration and optional Qi wireless charging.

Entune 3.0 also supports Siri Eyes Free and comes with an auxiliary audio jack, as well as a USB 2.0 port with iPod connectivity and control. The step-up Entune 3.0 Audio Plus, which is standard on XSE models and optional on SE CVT trims, tacks on HD Radio, SiriusXM with Cache Radio and remote connectivity services. At the top end, Entune 3.0 Audio Premium, available as an option on XSE CVT, delivers an 800-watt, 8-speaker system from JBL with Clari-Fi processing, dynamic voice recognition and navigation, dynamic point of interest search and other connectivity features.

Amazon Alexa support also comes standard, but Android Auto users are out of luck.

As noted by CNET, the five-door variant of Toyota's popular compact is a carryover from the Japanese automaker's defunct Scion marque. Sold under the "iM" moniker at Scion, the vehicle came into Toyota proper last year as the Corolla iM, but will drop such branding altogether in 2019.

Corolla Hatchback sports only minor aesthetic enhancements over last year's model, but sits on Toyota's new TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) platform with a sport-tuned suspension and 2.0-liter four-cylinder power plant mated to either a six-speed iMT manual transmission or a Dynamic-Shift CVT. The chassis is more aggressive, being lower to the ground with a wider and longer wheelbase compared to last year's model.

Second-generation Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) technology is standard, offering drivers pre-collision warning and brake assist, dynamic radar cruise control, lane departure alerts with steering assist, automatic high beam and a new feature called lane tracing assist. The latter technology helps keep drivers in their lane by providing steering assistance based on tracked white or yellow lane markings or the path of a preceding vehicle.

Toyota first revealed plans to integrate CarPlay into select cars in January, saying this year's Avalon and certain Lexus models would receive compatibility with the arrival of Entune 3.0. Long a CarPlay holdout, the company in 2015 said it had no plans to support the technology and would instead concentrate on internal infotainment efforts.

Corolla Hatchback is expected to go on sale this summer, though Toyota has not yet disclosed pricing.


  • Reply 1 of 6
    Too bad that the new Prius, whose sale started in Dec. 2015, never got CarPlay - or anything else really.
    The car is the spearhead of hybrid tech and the first of the new TNGA platform for Toyota, based on which all future cars will be built, like the Corolla mentioned in the article, yet the Infotainment system sold back then, and today, in the Prius is from yesteryear...what a pity.

  • Reply 2 of 6
    entropysentropys Posts: 4,168member
    Soooo, wireless charging but wired CarPlay. Makes total sense.

    also, why CarPlay and not AA? Not that I would use it, but why not have it just in case?
  • Reply 3 of 6
    wood1208wood1208 Posts: 2,913member
    Better late than never. Hope, Toyota adds CarPlay/Qi charging as standard feature in upcoming 2019 Camry. Toyota needs to keep grip on Customers loyalty adding such features in there popular Corola,Camry,RAV4 and Prius. Wireless CarPlay definitely most welcome feature but customers will take wired CarPlay vs no Carplay. Once wired CarPlay is available, next year's model come with wireless CarPlay and AndroidAuto.
    edited March 2018 watto_cobra
  • Reply 4 of 6
    lovemnlovemn Posts: 52member
    I grew sick of waiting for Toyota to upgrade to CarPlay and had a Kenwood DMX7704S (no CD) installed. It has bluetooth connection for my iPhone to play music, Siri and phone calls. If I plug it in I have Maps, Messages and everything else you get with CarPlay. Kenwood still has monitoring for Toyota’s systems. It’s a great system for under $1000 and 10,000 times better than Entune.
  • Reply 5 of 6
    zhtwayzhtway Posts: 17member
    They are losing their customer bases. I love Toyota but if they are not catching up the current trends, they will left behind for sure. I am thinking of buying Minivan in the future and no Sienna in my list because of CarPlay. Instead, I would get Odyssey with CarPlay in the same price range. Roll out to all models, Toyota.
  • Reply 6 of 6
    xmhillxxmhillx Posts: 112member
    I’m glad Toyota is getting on board but it pisses me off they held off for so long. I’d like to upgrade my 2013 Tacoma for a new model if/when the new models get CarPlay. Entune 3.0 is supposed to arrive to tacoma for 2019 models, so hopefully then!

    Someone made a good point that Toyota has Qi charging but wired CarPlay. Ideally you’d want Qi charging and wireless CarPlay! For obvious reasons. 
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