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Toyota has launched a warm GR Sport version of its new Corolla, following in the footsteps of the Yaris GR Sport launched last year.

The Corolla GR Sport is one of two new Corolla derivatives revealed at the Geneva motor show. The other is the Corolla Trek, a version of the Touring Sports estate model with rugged, SUV-inspired styling.

The Corolla GR Sport, which is said to have improved driving dynamics over the standard car, will be available in both hatchback and estate bodystyles and with a choice of 1.8-litre and 2.0-litre hybrid powertrains. No more details on dynamic changes or specification have been given, but it’s expected to get stiffer suspension derived from the brand’s GRMN models, as with the Yaris GR Sport.

Influenced by Toyota Gazoo Racing, the model gets a new front grille design with a dark chrome finish, lower side skirts and sills and a rear diffuser. It also has unique 18in alloy wheels, privacy glass at the rear and a Dynamic Grey bi-tone paint finish.

Inside, it features sports seats and black-and-red stitching on the instrument panel, steering wheel and gearlever.

More details on specifications and pricing will be revealed in due course, ahead of the car's January 2020 on-sale date.

The Corolla Trek, available only as an estate, is designed to “appeal to those who love outdoor pursuits”, says Toyota.

Also offered with both the 1.8-litre and 2.0-litre hybrid powertrains, it gets a 20mm increase in right height and underruns at the front and rear. Inside, there's a 7.0in touchscreen infotainment system, two-tone cloth upholstery and matching wood trim.

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26 February 2019

Will be nudging £30k, probably more than the new ST and Meganne RS hot hatches. If it is, good luck with that! 

26 February 2019
xxxx wrote:

Will be nudging £30k, probably more than the new ST and Meganne RS hot hatches. If it is, good luck with that! 

 

Not sure luck will be a factor, given the two cars mentioned by you as competition, are not really direct competitors. As you already stated, hot hatch vs this Corolla?. You sticking to your guns?.

5 March 2019
Takeitslowly wrote:

xxxx wrote:

Will be nudging £30k, probably more than the new ST and Meganne RS hot hatches. If it is, good luck with that! 

Not sure luck will be a factor, given the two cars mentioned by you as competition, are not really direct competitors. As you already stated, hot hatch vs this Corolla?. You sticking to your guns?.

I only mentioned them to demonstrate just how expensive these 'GR''s will appear once you start using the words 'warm hatch'. 

Still think at £30k+ the top version will be a good warm hatch with stiffened suspension etc?

26 February 2019
This car looks reminds me a Astra..

26 February 2019

The Trek just looks like a normal estate to me, cant see any "rugged" bits on it and why dont they use their recently launched hybrid 4wd system on it ??

26 February 2019

The great thing about the Corolla trek is that it has a kind of outdoorsy name

Also, it is pictured in the country, on mildly stony ground, which is also awesome.

Lastly, and bestly, and most incredibly, you can put bikes on the roof. And frisbees in the boot. And running shoes in the passengers footwell. 

What a car. Rugged, capable and perfect for those who enjoy the great outdoors.

26 February 2019

When will Toyota realise that CVT and sporty dont go tegther well. Even Lexus dont use CVT boxes on their desirable cars. The recent GR Yaris got one of the lowest scores i remember from Autocar, largely because of price and the CVT. I suspect the new Corolla would make a decent warm and hot hatch, but it needs a manual box. Honda showed the way with the IMA which gave a manual Hybrid. Toyota need to find a way of making a hybrid fun. that means, drop the CVT, and put some of their engineering genius into a hybrid manual

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