New information surrounding the Toyota GR Corolla has surfaced regarding its powertrain and performance numbers. The hot hatch will be the performance arm’s fourth product that uses the GR badge but it seems as if it’ll be the first with a hybrid powertrain.
Based on information sourced by Car Sensor, due to the GR Yaris’s impressive output of 200 kW, Toyota GR has set the bar for its upcoming Corolla in the 220 kW region using a naturally aspirated 2,0-litre four-cylinder petrol hybrid-electric system connected to a six-speed manual transmission with automated rev-matching. It’ll also use an upgraded version of the GR Yaris’s all-wheel drive system that switches the front-rear torque distribution on demand.
Despite the power output being higher than the GR Yaris, the Toyota GR Corolla looks to be inferior in terms of numbers based on in-house tests that the Japanese publication has sourced. In fact, it’s suggested that the GR Corolla could even be priced lower than its smaller sibling.
According to the report, the Toyota GR Corolla will be made in hatchback and wagon guise and is expected to be unveiled sometime next year.
We’re not too sure what the new GR Corolla will look like but, based on what the GR Sport trim has portrayed combined with the current GR Yaris, it’s likely to sport some familiar lines and design cues with widened wheel arches to add aggression. A wider track on both axles is also considered to improve dynamic capabilities.
Last month, a report stated that the Toyota GR Corolla will be more road-biased than rally focused like the GR Yaris and that it intends to take the fight to models such as the Volkswagen Golf GTI and Ford Focus ST.