Toyota Corolla GR hot hatchback will arrive in 2023 and will be fitted with the same engine found in the new GR Yaris in an effort to build the company’s reputation for fun-driving cars.
The Toyota GR Yaris is one of the hottest hatches in Europe and Japan, but folks looking for a larger alternative might have an option. Auto Express reports that a GR Corolla would arrive in the United Kingdom in 2023, and the model would use the same engine as the Yaris. It would compete in Europe against the Ford Focus ST and Hyundai i30 N.
It is naming as if you were conscious of Volkswagen Golf 8 GTI, according to the information of the best car in the automobile information magazine, the engine installed in the new Corolla Sports GTI, powered by a 1.6L in-line three-cylinder turbocharged engine with the same displacement as the new hot hatch model GR Yaris, with a maximum output of 269 horsepower and maximum torque of 370Nm. It is said that the system will adopt a four-wheel drive (4WD) system that uses an electronically controlled coupling, but it is very interesting whether the electric parking brake function etc. will be diverted as it is.
The new GR Yaris is a car with a rally car motif, it has a hand-held side brake instead of electric parking, but for the Corolla Sports GTI, such rally models. It is not clear that it is a conscious one, and it is unknown at all what the concept is and it will be equipped with the same engine as the “GR Yaris”.
Toyota is in a good position to expand its performance line-up, taking advantage of the fact that most other manufacturers are rationalising theirs. The Japanese firm’s time-honoured devotion to hybrid powertrains has granted immunity from fines for not meeting EU targets on fleet-average emissions figures.
The GR Corolla reported by automobile news site Auto Express, apparently it will appear in the British market in 2023, and the engine also has the same 1.6 L inline three cylinder as the GR Yaris. It is likely that a turbocharged engine will be installed.
If these claims are true, then American hot hatch fans should perk up their ears. While the Yaris variants on each side of the Atlantic are completely different vehicles, the Corolla Hatchback rides on the TGNA platform in both regions. This at least opens up the possibility of Toyota selling the speedy model in both regions.
We expect the new Toyota GR Corolla will focus on all-round ability rather than outright performance, becoming a rival for the Ford Focus ST and Hyundai i30 N rather than the track-hardened Renault Mégane R.S. Trophy and Honda Civic Type R.
In addition, Toyota has further hybrid, plug-in hybrid and pure-electric models planned for launch between now and 2025, which awards the brand additional leeway – especially given the relatively small volumes that will be involved with GR products. Toyota will also introduce a hopped-up version of the C-HR crossover within the same three-year timescale.
No specifications have been clarified yet, and there is no official information that it will definitely appear, but probably the competitive model in the European market is Ford Focus ST and Hyundai i30 N.