Toyota The United States captured a journalistic image of the lifestyle of corolla and turn it into a teaser for GR Corolla which we expect to come to the United States next year. The automaker posted the photo on Instagram in October, now it’s come to light thanks to Forum GR Corolla. A few Easter eggs make clear what Toyota is aiming for, starting with the G:16 index in the instrument cluster where the photo shows the time as 3:30. Letters and numbers refer to the G16E-GTS engine in GR Yaris sold elsewhere, the turbocharged three-cylinder makes 268 horsepower and 266 pound-feet of torque. It’s the most powerful produced three-cylinder engine in the world.
Speaking of which, the climate control screen reads 72 degrees for the passenger, with 7 degrees obscured by the steering wheel and 68 degrees for the passenger. That makes 268 visible. This is supposed to refer to the output of GR Yaris as a possible clue to the output we will get in the United States. But the climate control settings are not changed from the original photo; Toyota sets the HVAC in many press photos in the US to 68 and 72 degrees. In Europe, the display usually reads 19 and 21 degrees Celsius. The the last report we saw outside of Japan claims the engine will be tuned to make a clunky 296 hp for the US
The navigation display has been changed to show the GR Road, perhaps just a reference to the model, perhaps a reference to the Yaris GR’s all-wheel drive system with an electronically controlled center differential and Torsen LSD at the rear, with another option fitted up front. We tend to think that the full-fat system won’t make an appearance here, we’ll get overkill for the hatchback trim, both of which are more tuned for the road than the WRC-aping. GR Yaris.
The final point is the hatchback camouflaged in the background, which we expect will be the GR Corolla no. The only missing item in this photo is the automatic transmission’s gear lever. We’re expecting a six-speed manual transmission, but we assume Toyota can’t give everything away with just the GR Corolla without being expected until late next year as a 2023 model.