Toyota South Africa Motors has announced it plans to launch the new GR Yaris towards the middle of 2021.

In May 2020, the Japanese firm’s local arm told CARmag.co.za the little three-door hot hatch would likely arrive at some point next year. Now, however, the company has narrowed down the launch date to “mid-2021”.

Interestingly, this latest press statement from Toyota SA Motors lists the newcomer’s peak outputs as 200 kW and 370 N.m, suggesting the local market may just receive the full-fat engine tune (unlike Europe, where the GR Yaris makes 192 kW and 360 N.m).

As a reminder, the turbocharged 1,6-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine drives all four wheels via a six-speed manual gearbox, with the zero to 100 km/h time listed as 5,2 seconds and the top speed as 230 km/h. The roof is fashioned from carbon-fibre roof while the bonnet, doors and tailgate and made from aluminium.

Braking is taken care of by 356 mm two-piece ventilated discs with four-piston callipers up front and 297 mm ventilated discs and two-piston callipers at the rear.

Toyota SA Motors says “detailed specifications, pricing and model line-up information” will be released closer to the arrival of the GR Yaris.