Toyota has been warning for some time that it will bring to the United States a GR version of one of its family cars. GR stands for its performance car subdivision TOYOTA GAZOO Racing founded in 2007 whose GR Supra and GR 86 models are now available to American consumers. The wait is almost over. Toyota announced that the new GR Corolla will officially debut globally next Thursday, March 31, and in order not to make the announcement without releasing a garment, it was accompanied by a couple of intriguing images.
One of the photos shows the new model’s GR badge as well as a fender vent, while the other shows a “GR-Four” badge that suggests the new vehicle could be equipped with the same GM-inspired all-wheel drive system. the rally cars used by the GR Yaris, one of the division’s most celebrated models, which unfortunately has not been released in North America.
Rumors indicate that the GR Corolla could use the same GR Yaris 1.6-liter turbocharged inline three-cylinder engine that produces 257 horsepower, putting it in direct competition with the likes of the 275-horsepower Hyundai Veloster N, and the 241-horsepower Volkswagen Golf GTI.
No one expects anything different from the hatchback body of the Corolla family, but with an appearance adjusted to its new horsepower and sports pretensions, achieved through details such as larger diameter wheels and tires, the air intakes shown in one of the images of intrigue and probably one or another spoiler.
The new Toyota GR Corolla is expected to go on sale in the United States later this year.