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Toyota is getting back into the hot hatchback game in the US with the upcoming GR Corolla.

Japanese auto outlet Best Car is reporting that the GR Corolla is going to come with the Turbocharged 3-cylinder engine that's in the European GR Yaris. If that's the case it could also get all-wheel drive like the GR Yaris.

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The Corolla Touring of the wagon has a hot model 2000 Limited, which was released with a limited number of 500 units, so it is natural that a hot model will be prepared for Corolla Sports with a hatchback body that is more suitable for sports driving.

Currently, the Corolla Sport GRMN contains information that it is under development. The debut time is likely to fall from 2020 to spring 2021.

After all, attention is that the same straight 3, 1.6L turbo as GR Yaris will be installed. The latest 4WD system that uses an electronically controlled coupling for an output of 272ps / 37.7kgm shows a speed approaching VW Golf R (310ps / 40.8kgm). The transmission is combined with a 6-speed iMT.


The question is though, when it's all spec'd out will the GR Corolla be a rival for the Civic Si or the Type R?
 

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AutoCar also did a comparison to find out which hot hatch is better.


The new Toyota GR Yaris is a giant slayer of a hot hatchback. We love its rally-inspired four-wheel drive traction and its astonishing grip.

But does it have the measure on the road of our favourite hot hatch of the moment - the Honda Civic Type R?

The GR Yaris joins us with the optional Circuit Pack, which means it costs £33,495. It has 257bhp from its 1.6-litre three-cylinder engine, which makes it good for 0-62mph in 5.5sec and a limited top speed of 143mph.

The 2020 Honda Civic Type R is a Limited Edition. Lighter and leaner than the regular Type R, it costs £39,995 and has 316bhp from its larger, 2.0-litre turbo engine. More powerful, then, but being front-wheel drive, it hits 0-62mph in 5.8sec, though can go on to a 169mph top speed.

It's the Toyota that has been making the headlines recently but only a mug would write off the Honda, which is such an enjoyable and engaging hatch. Watch on to see what we think.
 

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There are some new specs for the GR Corolla reportedly coming out of Japan.

  • 296 HP
  • Six-speed manual' transmission
  • Automatic rev-matching (like the GR Yaris)
  • AWD and adjustable torque split (like the GR Yaris)
  • Widened fenders, a different front bumper, aerodynamic tweaks
  • $32,400 to $37,000
 

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There are some new specs for the GR Corolla reportedly coming out of Japan.
I don't think there is any way there will be a GR Corolla for the US market. The name Corolla is so milquetoast that it would be laughed at. I guess they could repackage it as Celica. Or a Lexus, so that it would not compete with Supra on price.
 

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I don't think there is any way there will be a GR Corolla for the US market. The name Corolla is so milquetoast that it would be laughed at. I guess they could repackage it as Celica. Or a Lexus, so that it would not compete with Supra on price.
That would be true if it was only sold as a Sedan but since launch the new Corolla Hatchback was always positioned as a Corolla with more to offer. Sort of like what Ford did with the new Focus to eventually launching an RS version. Toyota is following that path.
 
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