With cars such as the Renault Clio, Opel/Vauxhall Corsa, Volkswagen Polo, Ford Fiesta, Peugeot 208, Mazda2 and upcoming Honda Jazz, Europe’s subcompact hatchback segment is booming.
Toyota also wants a piece of the action with the all-new Yaris, which was revealed only last week, and they could step up their game in the future by launching a hot variant.
Toyota Europe’s Executive VP, Matt Harrison, spoke to Autocar about a stronger connection of the Japanese auto brand and Gazoo Racing motorsport, admitting that they are looking at other vehicles aside from the GR Supra.
“This is the strategy of Gazoo Racing – not just the sports cars, like Supra, but to look at performance derivatives as well”, said Harrison, who also suggested a possible GR Yaris. “We have some ideas about more aspiration opportunities for the car, but you’ll hear more in a couple of months.”
“That’s more related to our desire to link Yaris to our success in motorsport. On selected vehicles, we will look at a GR derivative, which is differentiated on these grounds – whether that’s displacement or whatever.”
That’s hardly a confirmation, but it’s not a denial either, so as Harrison explained, we should find out whether the new Yaris is getting a GR version in a few months.
If its anything like its predecessor, the new hot hatch would throw the ball so deep in Renault’s, VW’s and Ford’s yard that they’ll spend a lot of time searching for it. That’s because the previous Yaris GRMN was very fast, with its 1.8-liter, supercharged engine producing 212 PS (209 hp / 156 kW) and 250 Nm (184 lb-ft) of torque, and rocketing it to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.3 seconds. The new one should be even quicker and might not go down the electrification route, as a regular ICE is believed to be the powerplant of choice, although it’s unknown whether it will be turbocharged or supercharged.