New Toyota GR Corolla hot hatch teased: price, specs and release date

December 03, 2021 by

Toyota has teased  the high performance GR Corolla, most likely fitted with the 261hp turbocharged three-cylinder engine from the GR Yaris. Read on for everything you need to know…

  • Toyota GR Corolla teased
  • Could use 261hp 3-cylinder engine from GR Yaris
  • Sporty visual upgrades
  • May be front-wheel-drive only
  • 5-door hatchback body style most likely
  • Should be capable of 0-62mph in around 6 seconds
  • Could go on sale by 2022

Toyota has released a new teaser image of the new GR Corolla. This hot hatch hopes to continue the success of the smaller GR Yaris.

An upcoming GR Corolla could come with the GR Yaris’s powerful 261hp motor and chassis upgrades, which could make it a good alternative to the likes of the VW Golf GTI and Honda Civic Type R.

New Toyota GR Corolla design

The new Toyota GR Corolla can be seen hiding in the shadows of this picture of the standard Corolla. A new Toyota Corolla GR would likely come with a similar design to the GR Yaris.

The GR Corolla can be seen hiding in the shadows waiting to be revealed

This would mean it’d come with far more aggressively styled front and rear bumpers than the standard Toyota Corolla, a wider body kit and large alloy wheels wrapped in sticky rubber.


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Unlike the GR Yaris, which comes solely in a three-door hatchback bodystyle, a GR Corolla would likely come with five doors as standard. Toyota isn’t expected to offer the GR Corolla as a practical estate or saloon like the standard Corolla, though.

New Toyota GR Corolla interior

Expect a future GR Corolla to come with a few sport interior upgrades

To keep costs in check, a Toyota GR Corolla’s interior should retain much of the current model’s layout. That’s no bad thing as the cockpit looks modern and clean, with a large centrally mounted infotainment screen and digital driver display taking centre stage.

The GR variant would come with some sporty upgrades, however, including body-hugging sports seats, GR logos, revised touchscreen menus, sporty red stitching and aluminium pedals, just like in the GR Yaris.

New Toyota GR Corolla engines and driving

Toyota could use the same potent 261hp 1.6-litre 3-cylinder turbocharged engine from the GR Yaris in a future GR Corolla. This would be a big step up from the 122hp and 184hp petrol hybrids you can currently buy in the standard Corolla.

Could this mystery Toyota GR Yaris prototype be testing parts for a future GR Corolla?

The GR Yaris comes packed with some rather special performance parts, such as its trick all-wheel-drive system and specially-tuned suspension. Some of these may find their way into a future GR Corolla, such as some suspension parts, and a set of upgraded brakes, but Toyota may decide to keep the standard Corolla’s front-wheel-drive setup.

This 261hp engine and front-wheel-drive combination would make the new GR Corolla a good match for the likes of the 245hp VW Golf GTI, the 280hp Hyundai i30N and the 320hp Honda Civic Type R.

New Toyota GR Corolla price and release date

Toyota hasn’t yet officially confirmed the existence of the Corolla GR, but there’s a chance it could be revealed before 2022 and go on sale later that year. The GR Yaris is priced a good £10,000 higher than an entry-level Yaris model.

Toyota GR Corolla exclusive render

A larger GR Corolla isn’t expected to have quite as many bespoke components, but it could set you back around £34,000. This would price it within a few hundred pounds of the Golf GTI, Hyundai i30 N and Honda Civic Type R.

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