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The Toyota GR Corolla Will Happen, But You Will Have To Wait A Bit More

Unforeseen circumstances have forced Toyota to delay the GR Corolla

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There’s no denying that we are spoiled for choice when it comes to hot hatchbacks. The Honda Civic Type-R, Hyundai Veloster N, and VW Golf GTIare currently some of the most popular global models out there, but now there’s another one on the way. It seems Toyota Gazoo Racing is not done with launching hot versions of boring cars and a GR Corolla is on the way. However, it’s not going to arrive when initially expected.

By how much will it be delayed?

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It’s expected to be competitively priced
In Japan, prices will start from the equivalent of $32,395

It seems COVID, once again, caused a highly-anticipated model to be delayed. However, according to Japan’s Best Car Web, the GR Corolla was scheduled to debut in 2021, but due to COVID playing havoc with the schedule, it is now expected around June 2022. This means that the hot version of the Corolla will be delayed by about 12 months.

Will it be available on the US market?

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More powerful than the GR Yaris
It goes without saying, but the same 1.6-liter turbo-three is expected to make around 300 hp and 273 lb/ft

We know that the GR Corolla was first meant to debut in Japan and Europe, as a 2023 model and this might still happen. However, the US market might have to wait another year for it.

What can we expect from the GR Corolla?

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The Toyota GR Corolla will share an engine with the GR Yaris, which is not available in the US. However, thanks to a new exhaust system it is expected to develop around 300 horsepower (221 kilowatts) while retaining the same 273 pound-feet (370 Nm) of torque.

Like the GR Yaris, the GR Corolla will come with a six-speed manual and all-wheel drive with three different modes, one of which would allow up to 70 percent of the torque to be sent to the rear wheels. You can expect the 0 to 60 mph (97 km/h) time to be around 5.3 seconds.

The GR Corolla is also expected to be at least 20 mm (0.79 inches) wider than the standard Corolla. It will also be more road-focused than its rally-bred sibling, GR Yaris, which is actually a homologation car.

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Would you choose it, instead of other hot hatchbacks?
Toyota GR Corolla Power Comparison
Horsepower Torque (lb-ft)
Volkswagen Golf GTI 228 258
Hyundai Veloster N 275 260
Honda Civic Type R 305 295
Toyota GR Corolla 296 270

On the Japanese market (and possibly in Europe), there might also be a GR variant of the Corolla Touring. However, that will have a hybrid powertrain focused around a 2.0-liter engine. As for the sedan version, so far, there are no indications that it will receive the GR treatment.

How much will it cost?

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It will share a lot with the GR Yaris
Like the al-wheel drive and availability of a six-speed manual

According to sources, prices in Japan will start from 3.5 million yen ($32,395 at current exchange rates), which is actually less than the 3.96 million yen ($36,650) starting price of a GR Yaris. As for the highest-spec GR Corolla, in Japan, it would set you back 4.0 million yen ($37,021).

Conclusion

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It promises to be the most usable hot hatch
Unlike the rally-bred GR Yaris, the GR Corolla will focus on beig a capable streetcar

If the above-mentioned turns out to be true, the GR Corolla promises to give the likes of Civic Type-R, Veloster N, and Volkswagen GTI a lot of trouble. The design of the current Corolla is a far cry from the once bland and unremarkable looks of its previous iterations. And although the normal versions of the car are still very much boring commuter cars, the GR Corolla promises reliable performance, backed by Gazoo Racing’s motorsport expertise.

Moreover, it brings all-wheel drive and a six-speed manual to the table, which is a rare combination nowadays. We just hope it doesn’t become one of the great hot hatchbacks that never made it to the US.

Source: Cars Guide

Dim Angelov
Dim Angelov
Born in 1992, I come from a family of motoring enthusiasts. My passion for cars was awoken at the age of six, when I saw a Lamborghini Diablo SV in a magazine. After high school I earned a master’s degree in marketing and a Master of Arts in Media and Communications. Over the years, I’ve practiced and become skilled in precision driving and to date have test driven more than 250 cars across the globe. Over the years, I’ve picked up basic mechanical knowledge and have even taken part in the restoration of a 1964 Jaguar E-Type and an Alfa Romeo Giulia Sprint. Lately, I’ve taken a fancy to automotive photography, and while modern cars are my primary passion, I also have a love for Asian Martial Arts, swimming, war history, craft beer, historical weapons, and car restoration. In time, I plan my own classic car restoration and hope to earn my racing certificate, after which I expect to establish my own racing team.  Read full bio
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