Looks like Toyota’s Gazoo Racing division is growing bit by bit as the “hot hatch Corolla” version has been rumoured to be in works but that has already been confirmed by Auto Express. Just months ago, the GR Yaris was revealed and it is inspired mostly by the rally version of it. However, the GR Corolla should be a clean-cut hot hatchback that will take on the likes of the Hyundai i30 N and Ford Focus ST. The Corolla hatchback is already on sale in parts of the global market but the GR version won’t be seen roaming the streets much soon.

We suspect that the upcoming GR Corolla will share most of its components with the GR Yaris, like the 1.6-litre turbopetrol 3-cylinder engine but in this one, it should produce a bit more power. We are looking at a maximum power output of around 268 hp (200 kW) or even more. The double-wishbone rear-axle from the GR Yaris might also be added to this GR Corolla together with the sophisticated four-wheel drive system. A limited-slip diff will not be left out as this improves power delivery and cornering.

There is a Toyota Corolla GR Sport which adds a touch of sporty exterior stylings like a wider body kit, lowered suspension, 18-inch sport wheels, and sporty front and rear bumper. It is a sport trim level of the Corolla hatchback but the engine is not what you would call punchy when it is a 1.8-litre 4-cylinder hybrid petrol engine with 120 hp (89 kw) and 142 Nm of torque. The design hints a bit on how the upcoming GR Corolla might look like.

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The GR Corolla will join the GR Supra, which is making a legendary comeback or rather a boring one according to the fans, but then this is a model line-up that we should see generating a unique fan base in the near future.

Toyota’s GR division is specifically competing with Hyundai’s N division which just released the controversial i30 N and Veloster N. We can expect spy photos soon of the GR Corolla testing but for now renders are our best shot of predicting how it will look like.

 

Source: Auto Express; Motor1