This Toyota hot hatch has a better chance of coming to America than the GR Yaris.
Last month, Toyota lifted the wraps off the new rally-inspired GR Yaris. With a turbocharged 1.6-liter engine sending 257 horsepower and 272 lb-ft of torque to all four wheels through a six-speed manual gearbox, the Toyota GR Yaris will do 0-62 mph in less than 5.5 seconds and top out 143 mph. Since it weighs just 2,822 pounds, the GR Yaris sounds like it will be an absolute blast to drive. Too bad we'll never find out.
This is because that, sadly, Toyota has no plans to bring the GR Yaris to America. However, a recent Tweet posted by Toyota asking if the North American market needs another hot hatch gives us hope the Japanese automaker will change its mind in the future. Enthusiasts have even set up online petitions requesting Toyota to launch the GR Yaris in America.
Thankfully, the Yaris isn't the only Toyota hatchback getting the GR performance treatment - and this one has a better chance of being sold in the US.
According to a report by Auto Express, a hot Toyota GR Corolla will go on sale in 2023 packing the same turbocharged three-cylinder gasoline engine as the GR Yaris, which just happens to be the world's most powerful three-cylinder engine ever fitted to a production car. While the European GR Yaris has 257 horsepower, the Japanese version delivers 268 hp. It isn't clear yet, however, which specification the GR Corolla hot hatch will be available with, but the publication suggests it could be detuned to around 250 hp.
Like the smaller GR Yaris, power will be sent through a six-speed manual transmission. Presumably, the GR Corolla will also have an all-wheel drive system, allowing it to compete with the Volkswagen Golf R.
According to the publication, the Toyota GR Corolla will go on sale in the UK in 2023, but US availability hasn't been confirmed. Unlike the Yaris, however, the Corolla shares the same platform, so there's a good chance it will be sold in the US. We're keeping our fingers crossed because hot hatchbacks are sorely lacking in the US market right now.