This is the perfect time for Toyota Corolla to become a hot car. The all-new model finally fell Auri's name in Europe and runs on the superior TNGA platform. Within three or four years we could look down into a Corolla GRMN barrel to compete with the Golf GTI. Or is it Jetta GLI?
However, a business consultant went ahead and clarified the situation. Speaking at the launch of all three body styles (yes, there is a wagon you can't get in America) Toyota Vice Chief Designer spoke to Dutch website AutoRAI, confirming the Corolla GRMN.
"We are currently investigating what would be most effective for the European market, but a Corolla GRMN is certainly realistic," Kanei said. "We're already working on it. The development is under the supervision of Toyota Gazoo Racing. This department has included Corolla GRMN in the plan, but at the moment the project is still in the planning phase."
As you can see, GRMN is not exclusively targeted at a hot hatchback. Given the size of the US Corolla market, we expect a GRMN sedan to be developed as well. Which engines will they use, given Yaris GRMN has a 1.8 liter charge?
"We want more power, a smoother sporting engine and lower CO2 emissions," says Kanei. "A four-cylinder turbo engine with an engine capacity of about 1.6 liters can be interesting."
The overcharged 1.8 makes 212 HP to the plate. It sounds cool but possibly unreliable. We believe a 2-liter turbo is a much safer bet, especially since the Lexus brand has already been developed. But it's not up to us.