Toyota’s widely known Corolla model has a huge demand in countries across the world – including the Asian and European markets. Until now, the automakers designed flagship model was a sedan. However, recently Toyota announced plans to launch an all-new Hatchback version of Toyota Corolla.
Toyota has confirmed that new smaller SUV and larger hot hatch variants of Corolla are on the way.
Toyota Corolla Hatchback: Models
There will be four different models from which the customers can choose, as per their requirements:
- GR Corolla and
- C-HR GR Sport
The first model GR Corolla is for regular customers. C-HR, GR-S and C-HR GR are the sport variants of the all-new Toyota Corolla hatchback.
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Toyota GR Corolla Hatchback: Specifications
Toyota GR Corolla hatchback is expected to be powered by the same all-new turbocharged 1.6-litre three-cylinder that was specifically created for the upcoming GR Yaris by the carmaker’s in-house performance division, Gazoo Racing.
Corolla hatchback is expected to produce even more power and torque than the 190kW/360Nm offered by GR Yaris. With such state of the art specifications, this vehicle is well-positioned to compete with cars like Volkswagen Golf GTI and Hyundai i30 N, or even the next VW Golf R.
Its engine will be able to pump 257 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque from just three cylinders displacing 1.6 litres.
The all-new hatchback corolla will feature all-wheel drive and a traditional six-speed manual transmission combined with a multi-link suspension and adaptive suspension. The all-wheel drive also means a better performance while travelling on hilly roads.
Hatchback corolla is expected to have stiffer suspension tune, bigger brakes, and larger wheels — all this makes it a very stable car, with a better road grip.
With aggressive GR Yaris-style weight-saving measures that could include a carbon-fibre roof and use of lightweight composites, the GR Corolla should hit 100km/h comfortably in less than five seconds and top out at around 260km/h.
Launch date & Price
The GR Corolla is expected to be officially released in 2022. It will have a starting price around $30,000 that is around 24,000 British Pounds and 4,999,500 PKR. Note that this price is without local duties and taxes, the actual delivery price will be much more than this.
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It’s believed that Toyota deliberately delayed the release of GR Corolla to create space for GR Yaris’ sales. Automobile enthusiasts are desperately waiting for this vehicle to hit the roads.