New trademark filings suggest that a hardcore Toyota Corolla is finally coming.
The rally-inspired Toyota Yaris GR is one of the most extreme hot hatchbacks on the market, which makes it hard to accept that it won't be coming to America. That doesn't necessarily mean that Toyota won't give any existing models the high-performance GR treatment in America, however.
Reports have claimed that Toyota is cooking up hot GR versions of the Corolla Hatchback and C-HR subcompact crossover, and now trademarks filed by Toyota in Australia seemingly support these claims. Trademark filings have been submitted to the Australian government for the "GR Corolla," "C-HR GR-Sport," and "C-HR GR-S."
The GR-Sport version of the C-HR is likely to be a sporty appearance package similar to the Corolla GR Sport, which features a dark chrome front grille, an exclusive paint finish, lower skirts and sills, and a rear diffuser, but no extra power.
The GR Corolla and C-HR GR-S, on the other hand, should also get some performance upgrades. According to a recent report, the GR Corolla will use the same turbocharged three-cylinder gasoline that powers the GR Yaris, which is the most powerful three-cylinder engine in a production car, paired with a six-speed manual transmission.
The three-cylinder turbo unit is expected to be detuned to around 250 horsepower, making it less powerful than the GR Yaris, which has 257 hp in its European specification and 268 hp in the Japanese version. The Toyota C-HR GR-S should also get a power bump over the regular model, which produces 144 hp and 139 lb-ft of torque from a 2.0-liter four-cylinder.
At this point, it isn't known if the GR Corolla, C-HR GR-Sport, and C-HR GR-S will be available in America, but we're keeping our fingers crossed. The Toyota Corolla shares the same platform in the US and Europe, and America has a strong appetite for crossovers, so we're not ruling out the possibility just yet. It's also about time that the Honda Civic Type R and Volkswagen Golf R received some competition in America.