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Toyota hints at a GR badged hatchback for the U.S.A

The European market is set to receive the Toyota GR Yaris, and the JDM patriots across the States have never been so envious before. Well, they have all the right reasons to feel envious as this little hatchback packs a turbocharged 1.6-liter motor belting out 257 hp and 266 pound-feet of torque, a six-speed manual, and all-wheel drive.

Given that the U.S market won’t get the equivalent Yaris as Europe, however, there’s no way that the feisty five-entryway advances Stateside. In any case, Toyota says that it will sooth this feeling of jealousy with something.

Prior this week, Toyota VP Jack Hollis disclosed that the Gazoo Racing (GR) identification will advance toward more models in the US. No, this doesn’t signify the advent of the hot little GR Yaris sold in Europe, yet a performance hatch is certainly to make its presence felt in the U.S.

“While GR Yaris isn’t hitting the States… perhaps it’s time the US got a hot hatch to call its own,” – a dubious tweet from the Toyota USA’s Twitter account vented out this announcement. After this statement, the organization also urged fans to pursue reports on up and coming Gazoo Racing items at the link.

Apparently, this is the first occasion when that Toyota has even about affirmed a GR offering for the U.S., however, the suspicions have been there for quite a while now, given the organization’s ongoing trademark filings. This declaration corresponds with a prior report, which guessed that Toyota can put the Yaris GR’s 1.6-liter turbo I3 engine under the hood of the Corolla hatchback. That implies the Corolla GR would hypothetically create around 260 hp, which would space it over the 228-hp Volkswagen Golf GTI as far as output is concerned. Back toward the beginning of April, Toyota petitioned for “GR Corolla” and “C-HR GR-Sport” trademarks with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Both of those filings infer that more punchy variations of the Corolla and C-HR subcompact crossover may soon greet the U.S market. Considering all these facts, we can anticipate that the advent of a GR badged Corolla is near and it could be the vehicle Toyota is alluding to in this tweet.

Toyota isn’t ready to give any other remarks regarding the situation right now, however, the organization added a teaser page to its US site, where people can join to get updates regarding GR products. Considering the Corolla hatchback is as of now lovely darn great in its nonperformance structure, even the slightest idea of a spirited version of this hatchback is nothing but enticing.

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