• Toyota Has a Hot Hatch Destined For the United States, But It’s Shrouded In Mystery

It’s not the GR Yaris, that’s for sure

The Toyota GR Yaris made waves in the Euro market. As a pint-sized hatchback, its 1.6-liter engine is good for an impressive 257 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. It even has a six-speed manual transmission and all-wheel drive. It’s the definition of a perfect recipe for a performance-oriented hatchback. Here in the States, our Yaris is based on the underpinnings of the Mazda 2 – another model that isn’t available Stateside – so a 257-horsepower GR Yaris will never call the U.S. home, unless you build it yourself, of course. However, that doesn’t mean Toyota has forgotten about the U.S. Market altogether, and a recent post on Twitter is clear cut proof that something good is coming our way.

U.S.-Bound Toyota Hot Hatch – What is it?

On May 7, 2020, Toyota fired a rumor and speculation-inducing tweet that hints that the U.S. market will “get a hot hatch to call its own.” The tweet was accompanied by a link to Toyota.com’s upcoming vehicles page that shows off a GR Yaris – you know, the one we can’t have. If you go to the link above, you can sign up to be notified of upcoming GR products.

So, what do we know about all this? Well, this is the first time that Toyota has even come close to confirming a GR product for the U.S. Toyota recently filed trademarks for “GR Corolla” and C-HR GR-Sport” Back in 2019, we got to take a drive in the Corolla hatch, and it did tickle our hot hatch fancy And, more recently, Car & Driver reported that the GR Corolla would arrive in the U.S. for the 2022 model year.

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Toyota GR Yaris specifications
Engine in-line, 3 cylinders
Displacement 1.6 l/1,618 cc
Bore x Stroke 87.5 x 89.7
Compression ratio 10.5:1
Power 192 kW/261 PS/257 hp
Torque 360 Nm/265 lb-ft
Transmission 6-speed manual, AWD
0-100 km/h (62 mph) 5.5 s
Top speed 230 km/h (143 mph)

We don’t know a lot about the GR Corolla, but it’s suspected that it’ll rock the same 1.6-liter that delivers 257 horsepower and 265 pound-feet of torque in the Euro market’s GR Yaris. But, since the Corolla hatch is heavier and larger, we suspect that Toyota will bump the power closer to 280 horsepower and 290 pound-foot of torque to make up for the extra pounds. That would put it right about in line with the Yaris’ 5.5-second sprinter to 62 mph and top speed of 143 mph.

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The thing is that the GR Yaris isn’t expected to arrive until 2022 models go on sale, so if we do see it in 2020, it will be very late in the year. It’s more likely that we’ll see the GR Corolla at one of 2021’s early U.S. Auto Shows – probably the Chicago Auto Show or the New York Auto Show. Then again, Toyota could wait until June 2021 when the new Detroit Auto Show kicks off. We’ll just have to wait and see what happens.

Robert Moore
Robert Moore
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Robert has been an auto enthusiast his entire life. He started working cars at a young age, learning the basics from his father in the home garage on the weekends. As time went on, Robert became more and more interested in cars and convinced his father to teach him how to drive when he was just 13 years old. Robert continued working on cars in his free time and learned as much as he could about engines, transmissions, and car electrical systems, something that only fed his curiosity more and eventually led him to earn a bachelors degree in automotive technology with a primary focus on engine performance and transmission rebuilding.  Read full bio
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