But we're not.
Ever since the 2019 Toyota Corolla Hatchback was unveiled at the 2018 New York Auto Show, we've been hoping the automaker will take the next step and offer a hot hatch variant. This latest generation Corolla is more exciting than any of its recent predecessors. Offered as a sedan, sedan hybrid, and hatchback, Corolla sales remain solid despite a general industry-wide sedan and hatchback slowdown. A hot hatch to rival the Volkswagen Golf GTI and Hyundai Veloster N makes an awful lot of sense. Toyota even hinted at such a possibility with the Corolla GR Sport, though it was nothing more than a cosmetic upgrade to show what could be possible.
And despite an earlier report claiming the automaker is developing such a hot hatch, Australia's Motoring is now claiming otherwise.
Speaking to Toyota Australia's VP of sales and marketing, Sean Hanley, that hot hatch talk may have been premature. "No plans at this stage for that car, the GR Corolla," Hanley said. "I'm on record as saying that Australia and Australian consumers are very open to performance cars. So I do see a big opportunity for GR in Australia, but it has to be at the appropriate time and it has to be the appropriate product," he added, though his remarks are clearly geared towards the Australian market.
Does this mean a Corolla hot hatch simply won't happen in Australia and is still happening elsewhere? There's simply no way of knowing for sure. Bear in mind that automakers today are thinking and planning at a global level, so the chances are that if it's not coming to Australia, it won't be coming anywhere.
Hanley also mentioned a Corolla hot hatch hasn't been ruled out completely, but he implied that the firm's high-performance division, GR, standing for Gazoo Racing, is currently working on the Supra and Yaris at this time. We wouldn't be surprised if Toyota North America is keeping a close on eye on Veloster N sales figures along with the general reception of the upcoming redesigned Golf GTI. Alternatively, Toyota could ultimately ditch the hot hatch in favor of focusing its efforts on a certain other sports car: the next-generation 86, which is being co-developed with Subaru once again.