The brand new Toyota GR Corolla has been subtly previewed by Toyota USA because it’s readied for a launch within the coming months.
The long-awaited entry to Toyota’s increasing GR efficiency line-up – rendered by Autocar above – has been proven carrying the division’s trademark multicoloured camouflage and with its general design largely obscured from view.
Nonetheless, it is clear that it’s going to characteristic a extra aggressive-looking entrance finish and bespoke alloy wheel designs, not less than, as a method of visible differentiation from the usual Toyota Corolla.
Nonetheless, the distinction between the 2 vehicles is not going to be as stark as that between the Yaris and the recent GR Yaris, the latter of which wears a very bespoke bodyshell with no rear doorways.
Nearly seen on this preview is the GR-4 nameplate emblazoned on the facet of the automobile, which confirms will probably be four-wheel-drive and serves as a powerful indication that it’s going to use the identical powertrain as its Yaris sibling, which was additionally developed below the GR-4 banner.
The Yaris’s turbocharged 1.6-litre three-cylinder petrol engine, which is already utilized in a hydrogen-fuelled Corolla race automobile in Japan, produces 257bhp and 266lb ft, getting the GR Yaris from 0-62mph in 5.3sec and to a prime velocity of 143mph.
Earlier teasers have hinted at an output of 268bhp for the GR Corolla, which might match the Japanese-market GR Yaris.
The GR Corolla will present Toyota with a direct rival to the Honda Civic Kind R and Volkswagen Golf GTI, however it stays to be seen whether or not will probably be launched in Europe. All teasers to date have come from the US, the place the GR Yaris isn’t obtainable, following the withdrawal of the usual Yaris from that market.