Toyota GR Corolla Teased Alongside Supra And GR86

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Toyota's worst-kept secret gets another blurry teaser!

Think of the worst-kept secrets in all of the automotive world and the 2022 reveal of the Toyota GR Corolla hot hatch is probably among the worst-kept of all. Toyota has hardly explicitly confirmed the existence of such a model, but as far back as January 2020, Toyota USA has been teasing the market with tweets asking about the desire for a hot hatch. We know the GR Yaris isn't coming stateside, but over the recent months, Toyota USA has turned up the hype on a new hot hatch with obscure teasers in the background of other posts and brief flashes in social media videos. The most recent teaser comes via the company's Instagram channel, particularly its stories, where a heavily blurred-out hatch is shared with Toyota asking us to guess what it is.

Toyota USA/Instagram
Toyota USA/Instagram
Toyota/Instagram

Seems like a typical social media engagement game, right? Well, the two preceding cars in the game were none other than the GR Supra and GR86, the only two Gazoo Racing-developed products the Japanese automaker sells in America. While the story itself has now expired, an eagle-eyed member of the GRCorollaForum managed to snap a screenshot of the car. All but two diagonal corners of the image are blurred out, and the visible two are not exactly very detailed. However, from the shape of the rear window and C-pillar, this is definitely a Corolla, and the tiny edge of the rear bumper we can see definitely looks like more than your average Corolla model, with what appears to be a large round tailpipe housed within a sporty diffuser. Aside from that, minor details include blacked-out window surrounds and wheels.

Toyota USA/Instagram
Toyota USA / Instagram
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While nothing is set in stone, it is almost guaranteed that the GR Corolla will make use of the same powertrain as the GR Yaris, largely due to the engine code appearing in other teasers. That's a 1.6-liter turbo three-cylinder, a six-speed manual gearbox, and an all-wheel drive system with Torsen limited-slip differentials front and rear and a center differential that enables more torque to be sent rearwards, not for drifting, but for rallying. In the GR Yaris, the motor produces a standard 268 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque, but some reports have suggested that the GR Corolla could have as much as 300 hp. Other rumors suggest an automatic gearbox will be an option, but this remains the least certain of all the likely scenarios. Either way, we'll likely learn more as time goes on, but we suspect Toyota USA will draw this reveal out with a massive hype campaign until later in 2022. We can only hope it's worth the wait.

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