Scoop: 2022 Toyota GR Corolla in the works – 300 PS, AWD, 1.6T 3-pot from GR Yaris

CY Foong · Apr 23, 2021 04:00 PM

Scoop: 2022 Toyota GR Corolla in the works – 300 PS, AWD, 1.6T 3-pot from GR Yaris 01

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Toyota has truly perfected the art of hot hatches with the Toyota GR Yaris but according to a recent scoop, the Japanese carmaker will be following that up with a Corolla hot hatch. This will be the first time the Corolla nameplate will be given a proper performance variant.

Scoop: 2022 Toyota GR Corolla in the works – 300 PS, AWD, 1.6T 3-pot from GR Yaris 02

That’s right, the humble Corolla is expected to be the fourth Gazoo Racing model. According to a report by Japanese media, Toyota is looking to push more power from one of the world’s most powerful 3-cylinder engines, reportedly up to 300 PS!

Also read: The brilliant 2020 Toyota GR Yaris in Malaysia - not for those with outdated ideas of cars

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Scoop: 2022 Toyota GR Corolla in the works – 300 PS, AWD, 1.6T 3-pot from GR Yaris 01

Recall that the 1.6-litre G16E-GTS produces 261 PS and 360 Nm but even with 300 buff horses making all that power, the GR Corolla will be facing some more powerful opponents.

Scoop: 2022 Toyota GR Corolla in the works – 300 PS, AWD, 1.6T 3-pot from GR Yaris 02

Both the Honda Civic Type R FK8 and Volkswagen Golf R produce 320 PS but both hot hatches are powered by larger 2.0-litre engines.

Scoop: 2022 Toyota GR Corolla in the works – 300 PS, AWD, 1.6T 3-pot from GR Yaris 03

GR Yaris' AWD system shown

It is also reported that some of the GR Yaris’ drivetrain programming will be carried over. To be precise, the six-speed manual’s automatic rev-matching and the AWD system’s adjustable torque split.

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The front bumper design resembles that of the GR Yaris

The media outlet also reported that the GR Corolla will have a unique bodykit that includes widened fenders, a different front bumper, and some unspecified aerodynamic tweaks.

Scoop: 2022 Toyota GR Corolla in the works – 300 PS, AWD, 1.6T 3-pot from GR Yaris 05

The UK-spec Corolla hatchback GR-S, looks cool but it's no hot hatch

While Toyota has given the Corolla hatchback a GR-S treatment in Europe, that is merely a dressed-up variant with no performance enhancements.

Furthermore, the publication also claimed the GR Corolla is expected to be priced somewhere around JPY 3.5 million to JPY 4 million. Just for comparison, the GR Yaris retails in Japan for JPY 3.96 million.

Scoop: 2022 Toyota GR Corolla in the works – 300 PS, AWD, 1.6T 3-pot from GR Yaris 06

Toyota once entered the Corolla in the WRC, but there has never been a Corolla hot hatch

Could this mean that the GR Corolla will be more attainable for those missing out on the GR Yaris? Well, we would have to wait longer for that the model would be officially announced in 2022. Against the next-gen Civic Type R, can the GR Corolla live up to its smaller sibling’s near-universal acclaim?

Also read: Video Review: Toyota GR Yaris - let us show you how to drive it!

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