32 Years of Classic Corolla Hatchbacks
The classic corolla hatchbacks came on the scenes in the United States in the 1960s, and it left a significant impact on contemporary vehicle designs. They’re called “hatchbacks” because of how the rear door hinges at the roof, resembling a hatch. Since the 1960s, Toyota has released many iterations of its breathtaking Corolla hatchbacks. They’re both practical and stylish while also giving drivers excellent fuel efficiency. In this blog, we discuss eight of our favorite generations of the Corolla hatchback.
The Toyota Sprinter was a variant of the Toyota Corolla that the car company produced from 1968 to 2000. The only Toyota Sprinter that included “Corolla” in its name was the first generation Splinter released in 1968. The 1968 version came equipped with a 1077 cc K engine. In 1969, Toyota upgraded the engine to an 1166 cc 3K engine.
The original Splinter didn’t come with a hatch in the way in which we think of hatchbacks today, but the vehicle’s style eventually led to the inclusion of the back hatch door. The Toyota Sprinter was only sold in Japan, and rather than Toyota selling it at traditional Toyota dealerships, they sold it at Toyota Auto Stores.
Toyota released the Corolla Van Deluxe between 1970 and 1974, and it was the first Corolla to feature an official hatchback. One notable quality of this iteration of the hatchback is that the mirrors reside on top of the vehicle’s fenders. Many Japanese vehicles featured this distinct quality.
The Toyota Corolla SR5 Liftback was part of Toyota’s E30/E50 series, which Toyota first began in 1974. Toyota added the Liftback in 1976, which was an E50, and they equipped it with a 1.6-liter engine with 73 horsepower. This generation of the hatchback is more widely accessible today than many of the other Toyota hatchbacks from that period.
In the early 1980s, Toyotas became increasingly popular in the United States. The 1980-1983 versions of the Toyota Corolla SR5 Liftback were very common on American roads.
The Toyota Corolla GT-S Sport Liftback was also called the AE86, and Toyota released it from 1983 to 1987. It could come with two different engines: the 1.6 L 4A-C I4 SOHC engine or the 1.6 L 4A-GEU I4 DOHC. It also came with the options of a T50 5-speed manual transmission or an A42DL 4-speed automatic transmission.
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