Toyota GR Corolla Teased Again with a Game of I Spy

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Photo credit: Toyota
Photo credit: Toyota
  • Toyota teased the upcoming GR Corolla hot hatch with an image shared on Instagram that featured hidden clues detailing the new model.

  • The GR Corolla will be powered by the same turbocharged 1.6-liter three-cylinder engine as the global GR Yaris.

  • The GR Corolla is expected to debut sometime next year and go on sale as a 2022 model in the U.S.

UPDATE 12/3/21: Toyota posted another teaser image (pictured above) of the GR Corolla hatch on Instagram showing a slightly better look at a camouflaged prototype hiding behind a blue Corolla XSE.

Ever since Toyota debuted the GR Yaris hot hatch and said that it wouldn't be sold in the United States, we've been itching for a version of one that we could buy here. After all, Toyota needs something to compete with the likes of the Honda Civic Type R, Volkswagen Golf R, and Hyundai Veloster N. Good thing Toyota isn't leaving us behind, because we're getting a GR Corolla soon. The company just dropped a teaser image on its Instagram account that give some hints of the new raucous hot hatch.

Photo credit: Illustration by Ben Summerell-Youde/Fox Syndication - Car and Driver
Photo credit: Illustration by Ben Summerell-Youde/Fox Syndication - Car and Driver

Naturally, the users over on the GR Corolla forum were quick to point out all the hints, which are scattered around an image of a standard Corolla's interior like a game of I Spy. GR stands for Gazoo Racing and is used on the Supra and the new GR86 sports car. The time indicated on the gauge cluster is G:16, which refers to the G16E-GTS turbocharged three-cylinder engine that's used in the GR Yaris. The 268-hp output of that powerful engine's Japanese version is found on the climate controls in the teaser image. European versions make 268 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque, and the engine is paired with a six-speed manual transmission.

That's not all. There's even a camouflaged GR Corolla hatchback in the background of the image (we tried to zoom in; you can't see much, sadly). There's a GR Four road in the navigation system, which refers to the advanced all-wheel-drive system that has Torsen limited-slip differentials in the front and the rear and an electronically controlled center differential.

Look for more details on the new GR Corolla soon, as Toyota is sure to trickle out details about the new hot hatch before its reveal, likely next year, since it released almost all the details on the new Tundra pickup before its official debut.

This story was originally published on 11/23/21.

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