Toyota has unveiled the long-awaited GR Corolla hot hatch, promising a spirited driving experience by combining essential GR Yaris underpinnings with an athletic five-door version of the world’s best-selling nameplate.
Scheduled to arrive locally in the final quarter of 2022, the GR Corolla will pack a thumping 220kW of power, and will be the fourth GR model to be launched in Australia, joining the Supra, Yaris and the upcoming GR86.
The GR Corolla’s performance credentials include a strengthened version of the homologation-special three-cylinder GR Yaris engine, as well as the GR-FOUR all-wheel-drive system, front and rear Torsen limited-slip differentials and a six-speed manual.
A valve-equipped triple-exhaust muffler improves airflow, unleashing maximum output from the intercooled turbo engine.
Development by TOYOTA GAZOO Racing engineers kept faith with the performance brand’s mission to make ever-better cars, bred from extensive experience in motorsport, and prototypes included a race car powered by a hydrogen-fuelled internal combustion engine.
Based on the high stability provided by the long-wheelbase GA-C platform, the GR Corolla hatch commands a high level of cornering performance, starting with wider fenders front and rear than a standard Corolla hatchback.
Cooling and aerodynamics also benefit from a front-bumper air intake, along with air outlets for the front fender and bonnet bulge.
The GR-FOUR system, which uses an electronic multi-plate clutch to provide variable front and rear driving force, has been upgraded for maximum control when pushing the car to its limits.
Engineers have separated the system’s 4WD mode (which controls driving force distribution) and “Drive” mode (which controls accelerator response, steering and other systems), enabling selection according to driver preference and the driving environment.
Pillow-ball bushings and enhanced springs, shock absorbers and wheel alignment further contribute to maximum cornering control. Body rigidity has been strengthened to achieve driving performance that responds instantly to driver operation.
In addition to the highly rigid frame, braces have been added between the rear wheel wells, to the under-floor tunnel, and under the floor in front of the fuel tank to improve handling stability.
Opposed-calliper disc brakes provide stable braking and control, enabling confident and enjoyable driving, even on racing circuits. The latest Toyota Safety Sense package assists in providing safety and security in daily driving while enhancing the driving pleasure too.
A hand-operated parking brake has been used to allow better vehicle control even when pushing the car to its limits, such as when drifting. The instrument cluster incorporates a thin-film transistor meter.
Inspired by race cars and reflecting insight from professional drivers, it is designed to be easily visible during sporty driving. Completing the package, the GR Corolla hatch retains a five-passenger layout that ensures it is equally equipped for daily life and track action.
Further details, including final specifications and local pricing will be available closer to launch.