But will it come to the US?
Toyota made American customers very envious when it unveiled the new GR Yaris. Here we have a hot hatchback that weighs just 2,822 pounds and has an all-wheel-drive system, a six-speed manual, and a potent turbocharged 1.6-liter engine producing 257 horsepower and 272 lb-ft of torque.
It sounds like our idea of a perfect hot hatchback, and yet it's going to be forbidden fruit in the United States since it will only be sold in Europe and Japan. Fortunately, there is hope that other Toyota models will get the GR performance treatment in the US.
This week, a new report claimed that Toyota is plotting a high-performance GR Corolla Hatchback. In theory, this could come to America since the US model shares the same TNGA platform as its European counterpart, unlike the Yaris. According to AutoExpress, the Toyota C-HR subcompact crossover will also get the Gazoo Racing treatment. And given the unrelenting demand for crossovers right now, there's a high chance it will come to the US.
Like the GR Corolla, the Toyota GR C-HR is expected to utilize the turbocharged 1.6-liter three-cylinder gasoline engine that powers the new GR Yaris. In the GR Yaris, this unit produces 268 horsepower in its highest state of tune for the Japanese model, but the GR C-HR will likely be detuned.
Currently, the regular Toyota GR C-HR has a 2.0-liter four-cylinder delivering a modest 144 hp and 139 lb-ft of torque, so it could do with a power boost. Other upgrades will likely include new dampers, uprated brakes, and lighter alloy wheels.
In Europe, the high-performance subcompact crossover will compete with the Volkswagen T-Roc R, which isn't sold in the US. Potentially, it could be a more affordable alternative to the BMW X2 M35i and Mercedes-AMG GLA 35 and a rival to the rumored Hyundai Kona N performance crossover. The Toyota GR C-HR will reportedly go on sale in the UK in 2023, so we'll have to wait and see if it gets the green light for America.