Earlier this month Toyota surprised everyone when it said that it’s currently working on a new hot hatch for the US market. Obviously this was in response to the positive feedback that it received for the GR Yaris that’s sold in other markets. While Toyota stopped short of confirming a high performance version of the Corolla hatchback, it’s all but expected. Now we may even know what it will be called.
A new report from Japan’s Best Car claims that the Corolla hot hatchback will be called the Corolla GRMN, instead of the GR Corolla. The report also claims that the Corolla GRMN will be powered by the same 1.6-liter turbocharged three-cylinder as the GR Yaris, which generates 268 horsepower and 273 lb-ft. of torque.
Earlier reports claimed that the Corolla GRMN will only be front-wheel drive, but now it’s being reported that it will send its power to all four wheels via a six-speed manual transmission. This means that the Corolla GRMN will have the exact same powertrain as the GR Yaris. It’s also expected that the powertrain will power the GR version of the Toyota CH-R crossover.
For now we’ll just have to wait and see if any of these reports are accurate.