With the Toyota GR Corolla coming to showrooms as you read this, the Gazoo Racing brand is attracting a lot of attention. Toyota even release one series of the stimulate Advertisement full of tire smoke and classic Aichi sports car welcome it into the Gazoo family. The GR is being positioned as the pinnacle of Toyota performance, and with brothers like the GR86 and GR Supra, who can argue? Many mainstream brands don’t even offer a choice for enthusiasts, much less than three.
In other parts of the world, however, the relatively fledgling GR label has been introduced to replace pedestrian vehicles. The latest example of this is the European Toyota RAV4 2022 Mixture GR sports. It gets some styling and suspension tweaks and the GR badging to spice up the capable but popular midsize. intersection.
Toyota is offering the GR Sport package on both hybrid-electric and Dip into the mixture version of RAV4. Cover for it and you’ll get wheel arch panels, side trim and bodywork decorated in glossy black instead of flat. A honeycomb pattern on the grille and fog lamp housings, as well as a chin spoiler – black to indicate the hybrid and gunmetal style is standard on the PHEV – add to the visual impact. The 19-inch wheels finished in gloss black are said to be Toyota’s first vehicle to feature a new line-cutting process that gives each spoke a thin, machined border around its spokes.
Inside, the GR logo can be found on the headrests, fenders and steering wheel. Silver contrast stitching and metallic trim give the cabin a sporty feel, while the animal-free power seats use a suede insert design common on sports cars.
Toyota says the suspension has been tweaked with slightly stiffer shocks and springs to improve handling. There is no mention of additional power. But that’s more than can be said for many other pseudo-performance packages from other manufacturers such as BMW’s M Sport and Mercedes’ AMG-Line.
To be fair, the PHEV, known as the RAV4 Prime in the US, already has 306 hp, so perhaps this is a way to finally give it a look that matches its power. There’s no word on whether the RAV4 Hybrid GR Sport – or any GR Sport model for that matter – will make it to the US. For now, Toyota America seems content to keep the GR name purely for the real factory hot rods.