Things are getting exciting.
Toyota promised it would make more emotional cars. So far, it's delivered on that promise with the likes of the Toyota Supra and second-generation GT 86, now called the GR 86. Even the latest generation Camry and Avalon have spawned well-received TRD variants. The RAV4 Prime? It's only one of the most powerful crossovers in its class with 302 hp. The Japanese automaker has brought us the goods and there's more to come.
The Toyota Corolla hatchback is set to receive the hot hatch treatment, reports of which date back over two years. An official launch date remains unknown but more powertrain details have arrived thanks to Japan's Car Sensor. Supposedly to be called the Corolla Sport GRMN, the hot hatch remains on track to receive GR Yaris's turbocharged 1.6-liter inline-three.
Last we heard output would be around 257 or so hp, but this latest report claims that figure is far closer to 300 ps, which is 296 hp. In addition, a good chunk of the GR Yaris's drivetrain elements will be carried over, such as the six-speed manual's automatic rev-matching and the AWD system's adjustable torque split.
Equally cool are the expected GR Yaris-like exterior styling upgrades. The bodywork will supposedly feature widened fenders, a unique front bumper, and several other aerodynamic enhancements. Sounds pretty good, right? It gets even better. The outlet says pricing is expected to be from 3.5 million to 4 million yen, or around $32,400 to $37,000 according to current exchange rates.
That would place the Corolla Sport GRMN directly in the Hyundai Veloster N ($32,250) and Honda Civic Type R ($37,895) range. The report goes on to mention Toyota is planning yet another sporty Corolla, in this case a wagon, though it won't have the GRMN powerplant. Instead, a 2.0-liter hybrid setup is likely but don't expect it to come stateside.
But the big news is that the upcoming Corolla Sport GRMN is going to be more powerful and better equipped than predicted, and it's all thanks to the phenomenal praise the GR Yaris has been receiving since its recent arrival.