Hot Toyota Corolla ‘GR’ hybrid on the cards

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Richard Bremner Autocar

Toyota is expected to offer a hot hatch version of the new Corolla as part of a strategy to reintroduce high-performance models to its range.

While a GR (Gazoo Racing) model has yet to be confirmed, insiders reckon that a hot version will “inevitably” be offered as part of company boss Akio Toyoda’s mission to bring more interesting and desirable cars to market.

Both the C-HR Hy-Power concept shown at the Frankfurt motor show last year and the Gazoo Racing Yaris Sport, displayed with the Le Mans-winning Toyota and the new Supra coupé, illustrate the direction being taken. So does the fact that the new Corolla is already available with a choice of two hybrid powertrains, the more powerful of these providing 175bhp. 

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