Mercedes-Benz has AMG, BMW has M, Audi has Audi Sport. Now, Toyota is building Gazoo Racing into its performance vehicle arm. The GR Supra, as the BMW-co-developed sports car is formally known, debuted last year; then, back in January, Gazoo put out a spectacular-looking GR Yaris hot hatchback that’s bound for other markets besides the United States. Still, we aren’t expected to go entirely without, as reports have suggested Americans will be receiving a GR-branded hot hatchback of their own based on the Corolla. Now, Toyota has essentially confirmed that to the world.
Pop over to the company’s website right now, and you’ll find that Toyota has created a “GR Hot Hatch” page in the upcoming vehicles section . The page cites the existence of the GR Yaris, and notes that “perhaps its time the U.S. got a Toyota hot hatch to call its own. One that continues to push the boundaries of performance. And one that can only come from Toyota Gazoo Racing.”
The page references the turbocharged three-pot engine putting out 268 horsepower, which suggests that it will probably be the new hot hatch’s engine. (The GR Yaris, it should be stated, uses a six-speed manual, which we hope will also make it to the U.S. car.) It also notes the GR Yaris’ all-wheel-drive system, which suggests that will probably be included too. Taking the idea of the Yaris but making it a little bigger to suit American tastes seems like a pretty sensible idea.
As for when we’ll see such a car — well, Toyota titled the page “2021 Toyota Hot Hatch,” though obviously, all automotive timelines are up in the air at the moment with the ongoing pandemic. Car and Driver reported a starting price of about $30,000. That price and power output should put it in direct competition with Volkswagen’s new Mk8 GTI. Expect the new hot hatchback to be one of our most anticipated drives of 2021…or 2022..or whenever we can get our hands on it.
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