The wait is nearly over.
We've been waiting long enough. Enough with the renderings. Just a little more patience is required. The Toyota GR Corolla hot hatchback will be making its official debut very soon, evidenced by this just-released teaser via the automaker's Instagram account. Don't dismiss it as just a meaningless interior shot because it contains a few cool Easter eggs.
Look closely to the right of the speedometer on the gauge cluster and you'll see G:16, a reference to the G16E-GTS turbocharged three-cylinder engine currently found in the (very sadly) overseas-only GR Yaris where it produces an impressive 268 horsepower and 266 lb-ft of torque (in Europe). It's also paired with a six-speed manual transmission. However, this teaser clearly has an automatic.
Though it's very small, there's also a camouflaged GR Corolla in the background at the top right and a GR Four in the nav system, meaning the vehicle will come equipped with an all-wheel drive system with a Torsen limited-slip differential front and rear. Also expect an electronically controlled center differential.
Toyota hasn't provided a precise reveal date but it should be coming relatively soon. Quite frankly, we were happily surprised to even see this teaser appear just before the long Thanksgiving weekend gets underway. While American automakers, specifically Ford, have abandoned hot hatches, their Asian rivals continue to embrace them.
Along with the GR Corolla, an all-new Honda Civic Type R is just around the corner, and currently on sale is the Hyundai Veloster N. And then there's the one that started it all: the Volkswagen GTI and its more hardcore sibling, the AWD Golf R. Based on these competitors, chances are the Corolla GR, likely a 2023 model, won't cost anything less than $35,000. We wouldn't be surprised to see high demand that'll tempt dealers to add hefty markups.
This is probably the beginning of the Corolla GR's teaser campaign so expect more images - hopefully with more hidden details - to come in the weeks ahead.