Could Toyota take on the Volkswagen GTI?
Toyota's performance offensive could include a hot-rodded Corolla Hatch, according to a recent report.
"We see in the future - it's not impossible we could get a really nice Corolla or another type of car, and if that opportunity arose through our Gazoo Racing development we would put our hand up for it," said Sean Hanley, the vice president of Toyota Australia's sales and marketing department, in an interview with Australian website Motoring.
Details remain few and far between; the regular model hasn't gone on sale yet. However, the steroid-injected Corolla Hatch would likely compete in the same segment as the Volkswagen GTI; we can't imagine a full-blown Ford Focus RS rival. Though this is pure speculation, it could arrive with a turbocharged four-cylinder engine tuned to deliver between 200 and 250 horsepower, front-wheel drive and a six-speed manual transmission. Expect bigger brakes and suspension modifications, too.
Unveiled a few weeks ago at the New York auto show, the all-new Toyota Corolla Hatch will reach showrooms in the coming months. Don't expect to see the hotter variant of it at launch. Hanley told Motoring the model won't arrive until 2020 at the earliest, assuming it receives the green light for production.
It's too early to tell whether we'll see it in America. It would make sense, but Toyota chose not to sell the Yaris GRMN on our side of the pond.
Photography by Ronan Glon.