Toyota Auris GRMN Would Make An Awesome Hot Hatch

Among automotive enthusiasts, some look at a new car and see what is. Others see what could be. And that often comes down to the prospect of a performance variant of the new set of wheels in front of them.

Take the new Toyota Auris, for example. Like so many new hatchbacks, Toyota’s latest is just begging for the hot-hatch treatment. And that’s just what we have here – albeit in speculative form.

Published by X-Tomi Design is a rendering of what the new Auris could look like were it to be given the GRMN workover like the smaller Yaris has. It’s festooned with a more aggressive aero package, bigger wheels, and special graphics. And we have to say that it rather looks the part.

What would sit underneath it all, of course, we don’t know. This is just a rendering. For what it’s worth, the new Auris revealed in Geneva last week will be offered (in the European market at least) with either a 1.2-liter turbo rated at 114 horsepower, or two hybrid powertrains: a 1.8 good for 120 hp, or a 2.0 with 178.

A full-on performance version would likely need a 2.0-liter turbo four delivering at least 220 hp if it were to take on the Volkswagen Golf GTI – 300 if it were to challenge the Golf R. But we’re just speculating here, as much as the rendering is. We don’t know if the Japanase automaker is actually planning such a model, much less what sort of stats it might boast. But if Toyota’s getting as serious about its GRMN performance line as much as, say, Hyundai is about its N brand, tuning the new Auris would be a good step to take next.

  • Bash

    So what do call it when you see couples of those in the rear view mirror heading fast toward you.
    The germans are coming!!. :D:D

  • Honda NSX-R

    Toyota, please make this.

  • This and Pulsar Nismo, could be the start of Japanese hot hatch era.

    But yeah Yaris GRMN turn out better than they expected, next is they will make regular version of GRMN, hopefully with more affordable price.

  • ramish rambarran

    The first Auris in Japan was a replacement for the Corolla Runx/Allex models. While the common JDM models were 1500cc/105HP and 1800cc/140HP units, there was also the Runx Z Aerotourer/ Allex RS180 model with the Yamaha built 2ZZGE engine with 190HP. The manual models came 6FWD, and the auto came 4spd with manual mode.

    In some countries they were sold as the Corolla Verso with a Blitz supercharger.

    The Auris itself was 1500cc/105HP, and 1800cc/140HP. A more advanced model with the same chassis, but 2400cc engine was the Blade. Even more extreme was the Blade Master G with a 3500cc V6 engine.

    So yes, there was potential in this iteration of Toyota from even earlier times.

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