This is our first look at the new Toyota GR Corolla, with hints at its design, engine and power output.
UPDATE, 1 February 2022: A month after the last teaser, Toyota USA has taken to Instagram to tease the amped-up widebody styling of the 2022 Toyota GR Corolla.
Posted on the GR Corolla Forum prior to the teaser’s removal, a partially-blurred image on Toyota’s Instagram story shows the rear quarterpanel of a Corolla hatchback – which keen-eyed sleuths have identified features a flared rear wheel arch (as previewed in Japanese renderings), and a rear diffuser with visible exhaust tips similar to the smaller GR Yaris hot hatch.
The use of a non-camouflaged, seemingly near-production model – rather than the camouflage prototype seen in earlier teasers – suggests the 2022 Toyota GR Corolla’s reveal could be mere months away. Stay tuned to Drive for all the latest updates.
UPDATE, 30 December 2021: Toyota USA has teased the new 2023 Toyota GR Corolla once again – but this time, rather than an intentional tease, the camouflaged image above was published by accident to its Instagram account.
Saved by numerous Internet users prior to its removal, the latest image provides a clear look at the GR Corolla test car seen in earlier teasers, revealing flared wheel arches with cooling vents, and 18-inch Y-spoke alloy wheels.
Interestingly, the GR Corolla prototype is shown with a front bumper that’s seemingly identical to the standard Corolla, bar a revised honeycomb grille pattern – though it’s not clear if this is specific to the prototype, or whether the production model will in fact share the standard hatchback’s fascia design.
With the latest teaser providing such a clear look at the vehicle, it’s possible the new Toyota GR Corolla could debut at January’s Tokyo Auto Salon – the site of the GR Yaris’ unveiling two years ago – in prototype or production form. However, this is only speculation for now, and is yet to be confirmed.
Stay tuned to Drive for all the latest updates.
UPDATE, 3 December 2021: Toyota USA has returned to Instagram to tease its upcoming GR Corolla hot hatch.
This latest teaser provides a closer look at the camouflaged prototype than those before it, showing what appears to be the standard Corolla’s front bumper, rather than the more aggressive unit expected to be fitted to the GR – suggesting the camouflaged car might merely be a standard hatchback wrapped for Toyota marketing purposes, rather than a true test car.
The wheel arches appear to be wider than those of a normal Corolla hatch, and are now filled by grey Y-spoke alloy wheels (hiding what could be red brake calipers). ‘GR FOUR’ branding features along the vehicle’s doors, again all but confirming the all-wheel drive system.
We’ll continue to update this story as more 2023 Toyota GR Corolla teaser images come to hand. The original teaser story published last month continues below.
24 November 2021: Toyota USA has provided our first look at the hotly-anticipated 2023 Toyota GR Corolla hot hatch, with a new teaser previewing its design, engine and power output.
Posted to Toyota USA’s Instagram page, the image – which at first glance merely shows a standard Corolla hatchback’s interior – hides a number of clues pointing to the GR Corolla’s mechanicals, and one big visual clue in the background of Toyota’s image: a full-sized, camouflaged GR Corolla prototype.
Wrapped in the same red and black camouflage used on pre-production versions of the GR Yaris and GR Supra, the Corolla’s positioning in the photo means styling details are impossible to make out. However, five doors can be identified, as can Toyota’s ‘GR’ specific front fascia design.
The blurry background car is joined by a number of other clues, led by ‘G:16’ script in the instrument cluster, referring to the ‘G16E-GTS’ engine code of the GR Yaris model’s 1.6-litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine – all but confirming the unit for the larger car.
The climate control panel lists ‘2’ and ‘68’, likely a reference to the 268 horsepower (200kW) power output quoted by Toyota for the GR Yaris – suggesting the GR Corolla could match its smaller sibling on grunt, rather than receive a bump to 221kW (300hp), as rumoured in Japan.
Finally, zooming into the satellite navigation screen reveals ‘GR Four’ text above the mapped road – the name of the switchable all-wheel-drive system employed by the Yaris, with 60:40 front-to-rear Normal, 30:70 Sport and 50:50 Track modes.
Little else is known officially about the new GR Corolla – however rumours suggest it will launch overseas in mid-to-late 2022, with an Australian launch likely to follow in the months after.
Japanese magazines report it will retain the standard Corolla’s five-door layout, but add wider front and rear arches housing new wheels and tyres, and the potential for the limited-slip differentials seen in the smaller GR Yaris.
A flagship ‘Rallye’ model could be offered in the US, with a lightweight, motorsport focus and just two seats – though this is yet to be confirmed.
For more details on what we know so far about the new Toyota GR Corolla, click here to read our full story.
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