Toyota Corolla/Auris GR Hot Hatch Could Hit The Scene Within Three Years

Whenever a new hatchback is unveiled, our thoughts almost invariably turn to one question: will there be a hot version? In the case of the new Toyota Corolla hatchback (aka the Auris in other markets like Europe) it appears to be a matter of “when,” not “if.”

Speaking with Motoring, Toyota’s sales and marketing chief for Australia spoke positively of the prospect. “Absolutely I do,” Sean Hanley answered on whether he thought a performance version of the new Corolla hatch could happen. “I’d like to see it as soon as possible.”

The model would likely bear the GR moniker. That’d be one peg lower than the top GRMN label that’s only been applied to the smaller Yaris to date. It could have even more power, though, if it’s to go up against the likes of the Volkswagen Golf GTI, the new Hyundai i30 N and the next Ford Focus ST.

The limited-production Yaris GRMN boasts a 1.8-liter supercharged inline-four that sends 209 horsepower (212 PS/156 kW) to the front wheels through a six-speed manual. Put your foot down and it’ll run from 0-62 mph (100 km/h) in 6.3 seconds and top out at 143 mph (230 km/h).

Hanley indicated a Corolla GR (or Auris GR) would likely reach the Australian market in around three years, but other markets might get it even sooner. It could adopt a version of its aforementioned baby brother’s engine, or another power plant entirely. Either way, you could expect a stiffened suspension, beefier brakes and enhanced aero to also form part of the package.

For our part, we can’t help but wonder if an even hotter GRMN version will follow. With 300 horsepower or so, it’d be just what Toyota might need to take on the Honda Civic Type R. But we’re getting ahead of ourselves here. Like, several car-lengths ahead. For now, we’d be happy to see an Auris/Corolla GR hit the scene, with the full weight of Toyota’s resources behind it. After all, it’s been more than a decade since we’ve seen the automaker compete in the compact hot hatch segment with the 189 HP Corolla T-Sport, which was produced between 2002-2005, and its supercharged 215 HP TTE limited edition that was made in 2006 and 2007.

more photos...
  • Mundek

    3 years? That’s about 10 years late (at least)… unless by hot hatch you mean non-ICE.

  • Honda NSX-R

    It better hit the scene

  • Liam Paul

    it’s already lookinh outdated but wait, in 3 years it will arrive lol ?

    • no25

      In no way does this look dated…oh wait youre the guy with the GM in his profile pic and calls other brands dated lmao.

      • Bash

        Looks fine NOW, not after 3 years!

  • Charlie Medina’s Smiling Coach

    By 2010? Toyota has found the flux capacitor!

    • eb110americana

      If my calculations are correct, when this Corolla hits 88 miles per hour, you’re going to see some serious $h!t!

  • “Australian Media” they are as reliable as Japanese ones in terms of Japanese car scoop.

    But that said with Yaris GRMN success, I wouldn’t surprise if they done it, especially with Pulsar Nismo coming.

    • Jason Miller

      Pulsar Nismo was promised a LONG time ago and it vanished. Don’t hold your breath.

      • Fair enough. Somehow I still remember the news as if it was yesterday.

  • BullyHayes

    300hp and 350nm with a manual transmission and 4wd please. tomorrow please, not in 3 years

    • Ary Wisesa

      Can’t wait 🙂

    • Matt

      You could buy a Focus RS or Golf R right now…

  • Rocket

    Sounds great! But since Toyota hasn’t proven capable of developing performance of any kind in recent memory without assistance, I’m not going to hold my breath.

    • Ummm Toyota GT86 or because you think it was designed in tandem with Subaru, the Yaris GRMN has been praised as well, if it isn’t for limited production and steep price.

      • Rocket

        Let’s be honest … the 86 wasn’t designed in tandem with Subaru. It was designed BY Subaru, just as the Supra is being engineered largely by BMW. Toyota did their own styling at least.

        • Well it’s not like full on rebadge, they do contribute in terms of mechanical for Toyobaru. There is a lot of interviews with engineer behind the projects.

          And again it’s incorrect, each version has their own specific parts and set ups, more like MX-5/124. Same cars but different underneath.

  • Bash

    Looks like a fish

  • timii

    2010 lmao

  • Kagan

    That is the problem; within 3 years! Who tend to become more!

  • Infinite1

    I guess Toyota is waiting for the new model Corolla to come out before bringing out this hatch? Can’t understand the 3 year wait otherwise.

  • Six Thousand Times

    It’s got IRS and will have a manual gearbox. Already good signs.

Let’s Take A Closer Look At The 2020 C8 Corvette

The Corvette Stingray C8’s design hasn’t won everyone’s hears – what do you think?.

2020 BMW X1 Pricing And Specs Announced For Australia

Get the 2020 X1 Down Under in the sDrive18i grade from the equivalent of USD $31,320.

Renault’s e-Plein Air Is A Retro Convertible With A Twizy Powertrain

Take a French classic, add a modern electric powertrain and, voila! here’s an interesting concept.

Hyundai Boosts Its Profit Thanks To New SUVs, More Are Coming

Hyundai’s strong performance comes despite the continued slowdown in global economic growth and sales slump in China.

Jaguar J-Pace Confirmed, Could Be Followed By An A- Or B-Pace

Following the success of the F-Pace, Jaguar is working on a larger crossover to battle the BMW X7 and Mercedes GLS.

2021 MINI Countryman Spied Showing Minor Updates

The facelifted MINI Countryman is expected to have a revised grille, modified bumpers and new lighting units.

Toyota To Co-Develop EV Batteries With China’s CATL

The two companies will also work together to explore the reuse and recycling of electric vehicle batteries.

Toyota Introduces Robotic Mascots And Pint-Sized Autonomous Vehicle For 2020 Tokyo Olympics

Toyota’s robotic technology will be front and center at the 2020 Olympic Games.

An Electric Cadillac Escalade Is In The Works But Still Years Away From The Road

The all-electric Cadillac Escalade may offer a range of about 400 miles between charges.

Saleen Unveils New Crossover And Electric City Car In China

The company also announced a ‘new’ S7 with 1500 hp.