After Toyota’s so-called ‘boring’ sedans Camry and Avalon were pushed for a performance treatment under the scalpel of its performance wing, the Japanese automaker has now planned a similar fate for the recently-unveiled Corolla.
Backing its racy looks, Australia’s Car Sales reported that Toyota was working on a Corolla GR hot hatch to lock horns with models such as Hyundai’s Veloster N as well as old-timers such as Volkswagen Golf GTI.
For its performance variants such as Corolla and the succeeding ones, Toyota will be sticking to the familiar TRD badge in the market.
Toyota’s new performance sub-brand, Gazoo Racing (GR) which was launched last year offers various stages of performance ranging from mild bolt-on parts to dedicated performance cars. These performance variants feature the GRMN badge and the first member for the treatment was the Polo GTI-rival Yaris GRMN.
For its performance variants such as Corolla and the succeeding ones, Toyota will be sticking to the familiar TRD badge in the market. This was evident from Camry and Avalon at the 2019 LA Auto Show. Jack Hollis, vice president and general manager of Toyota Division at Toyota Motor North America, said at the reveal that he’d like to see the TRD badge eventually applied across the lineup.
The 2019 Toyota Corolla XLi Exclusive is fitted with exclusive options not available on other trims of the Corolla.
This news comes after Toyota recently introduced a new, limited-edition, feature loaded trim for the Corolla sedan in the Middle East.
The 2019 Toyota Corolla XLi Exclusive is fitted with exclusive options not available on other trims of the Corolla. The options begin with front fog lights and a rear spoiler attached to the boot lid. Inside, the multifunction steering wheel is wrapped in leather, and so is the gear lever. Toyota also offers a sunroof with the limited edition Corolla.
The Toyota Corolla runs on a 1.6-litre inline-four petrol engine that makes 121hp and 157Nm. Power is sent to the front wheels via a Multidrive 7S transmission, making for a best-in-class fuel economy of 18.1kpl.