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Toyota GR Corolla: October 2022 release date firms after document leak

 
Zak Adkins
Journalist

We now have a much better idea of when the hot Corolla will launch, and potentially when we will see it in Australia


A leaked dealer bulletin out of the United States has revealed an October 2022 release date for the Toyota GR Corolla hot hatch.

This date is expected to be slightly later than the Japanese release date for the hot Corolla that will do battle with the Volkswagen Golf R and Hyundai i30 N.

As for an Australian release date? We’re confident the GR Corolla will reach Australian shores before the end of 2022, though this date could be pushed back due to supply shortages.

GR Corolla V2
The Chasing Cars’ render of the proposed Toyota GR Corolla

What we know so far about the GR Corolla

The GR Corolla is likely to follow a very similar recipe to the GR Yaris which is already sold in Australia in both standard and Rallye variants. 

The current 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine will feature as the powerplant for the GR Corolla, but it could make more power than the current 200kW/370Nm as it is a larger car. 

All-wheel drive is expected to feature, as is a six-speed manual transmission, just like the smaller GR Yaris. 

Toyota Corolla GR Sport 2021 driving
The GR Corolla will likely look even more mean than the GR Sport edition

With these features, Toyota is likely to produce the most powerful Corolla ever made. 

With significant amounts of power comes the need for decent brakes, so it is very likely that the new GR Corolla will gain discs around 356mm at the front and 297mm discs at the rear, just like the GR Yaris. They could grow slightly larger for a heavier car, though. 

What will the GR Corolla compete against?

Cars such as the Hyundai i30 N and Ford Focus ST are obvious rivals, however neither are fitted with all-wheel drive. 

Toyota GR Corolla 2022
Power could push well past 200kW for the GR Corolla variant

Power for these cars is similar to what is expected with the GR Corolla, however Toyota could give the Corolla the needed boost to keep it ahead of its closest counterparts. 

The i30 N and Focus ST both produce over 200kW from the factory without the complexity that comes with an all-wheel drive setup. 

The closest rival though is likely to be the Volkswagen Golf R, however Toyota will likely bring in its GR Corolla for cheaper than what Volkswagen can do for the R – somewhere around $65-70k in Australia when launched.