Toyota Corolla hot hatch is ‘inevitable’

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A heated-up version of the Toyota Corolla is reportedly in the works as the company seeks to increase its desirability.

Sources have told Autocar a hot hatch based on the latest Corolla will “inevitably” be launched.

Although there’s no official confirmation of such a model, adding a hero model to one of the company’s most well-known and best-selling models would certainly fulfil Akio Toyoda’s mission to make Toyota “fun to drive, again”.

Earlier this year, we reported a Gazoo Racing Corolla was ‘on the cards’ during this model cycle.

Indications are the hot Corolla will be powered by a hybrid drivetrain. In Europe, the new Corolla will be available with a 134kW 2.0-litre hybrid, as well as the 91kW 1.8-litre hybrid sold in Australia.

It’s not known how much power the hot Corolla will have at its disposal. If we were to make a bet, it will likely sit somewhere between the Yaris GRMN and Yaris GR Sport on the mild-to-wild continuum.

The Europe-only limited edition Yaris GRMN is powered by a supercharged 1.8-litre engine making 156kW of power and 250Nm of torque, and driving the front wheels via a six-speed manual transmission.

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