- 1.6L, three-cylinder turbo engine delivers 300 hp and up to 295
pound-feet of torque
- GR-FOUR AWD system with customizable front-rear power
- Available in three models: Core grade, launch-year-exclusive
Circuit Edition and ultra-limited MORIZO Edition
- Born from rally racing and tested to meet the highest standards
set by master driver Akio Toyoda and
professional TOYOTA GAZOO Racing drivers
- Pure Toyota sports car, precision built at the GR Factory at
Toyota's Motomachi Plant
- Complimentary 1-year membership to the National Auto Sport
Association, featuring a High-Performance Driving Event with expert
- Starting MSRP of $35,900
LAKE CITY, Sept. 14, 2022 /PRNewswire/ -- The
first-ever 2023 GR Corolla might be the newest member of TOYOTA'S
GAZOO Racing sports car family, but this hot hatch is ready to make
a big impression on North American streets. Rooted in rally,
developed under the scrutiny of master driver Akio Toyoda and inspired by Toyota's sports car
lineage, GR Corolla looks to rocket to the top of driver wish lists
as it debuts at dealerships later this year.
Powered by the lightweight, compact-yet-powerful G16E-GTS
turbocharged, three-cylinder engine that pumps out an impressive
300 horsepower, GR Corolla will come in three grades: the Core
grade, Circuit Edition and the limited, track-focused, MORIZO
Edition. GR Corolla Core grade is expected to arrive at
dealership lots in the Fall of 2022. The MORIZO Edition is expected
in Winter 2023 and Circuit Edition is expected in Spring 2023.
GR Corolla's impressive output is thanks in part to a unique
triple exhaust that reduces back-pressure for maximum power
delivery. The Core grade and Circuit Edition push out 300 hp and
273 lb.-ft. of torque, while the MORIZO Edition hits 295 lb.-ft.
High strength engine components and a turbocharger also help GR
Corolla punch above its weight. With a max boost of 25.2 PSI on the
GR Corolla Core grade and Circuit Edition and 26.3 PSI on the
MORIZO Edition, GR Corolla models have a manufacturer estimated
0-60 mph time of about five seconds.
Peak torque output on the Core grade and Circuit Edition hits
between 3,000-5,500 rpm, with max horsepower at 6,500 rpm. TOYOTA
GAZOO Racing engineers have aggressively tuned the G16E engine for
additional power on the MORIZO Edition, with peak torque coming in
between 3,250-4,600 rpm. Regardless of the model, drivers will find
satisfying torque across the powerband.
Exclusively available with an intelligent Manual Transmission
(iMT), GR Corolla's short throw shifter and moderately tuned clutch
keep drivers engaged with hands-on thrills. iMT is off by default
for drivers who prefer finding the rev on their own but is easily
turned on by the push of a button to the left of the steering
wheel. For further responsiveness customization, Eco, Sport, Track
and Custom drive mode selector comes standard on all grades.
Toyota's GR-FOUR All-Wheel-Drive (AWD) drivetrain brings
rally-inspired engineering to the GR Corolla. With the twist of a
dial or a push for Track mode, drivers can adjust the GR-FOUR
system to fit a variety of road conditions and driving styles with
60-40, 50-50 or 30-70 torque distribution to the front and rear
The GR Corolla is built on Toyota's GA-C platform, with enhanced
frame reinforcements developed specifically for GR Corolla at the
GR Factory at Toyota Motomachi plant.
Available Core grade colors include Ice Cap, Black and
Supersonic Red, all paired with a color keyed roof and rear lip
spoiler, GR-FOUR stamped side rockers and wide-fender flares. On
the inside, seating for five will come with GR-logoed fabric sport
The Circuit Edition will be a limited-run model available for
2023 only. Standard colors are Ice Cap, Supersonic Red and
Heavy Metal with the same GR-FOUR stamped side rockers and
wide fenders as the Core grade. It adds a forged carbon fiber roof,
vented bulge hood, a sporty rear spoiler, Brin-Naub® suede and
synthetic leather-trimmed trimmed sport seats with red accents and
a leather wrapped MORIZO signed shift knob.
The MORIZO Edition sheds the back seat in the name of weight
savings and will be available in Windchill Pearl and a MORIZO
Edition exclusive NEW matte finished Smoke gray color. It also
comes equipped with a forged carbon fiber roof, rear lip spoiler,
vented bulge hood, Brin-Naub® and synthetic leather-trimmed sport
seats with red stitching, red mesh inserts and Ultrasuede®
wrapped MORIZO signed shift knob.
All grades come equipped with Toyota's all-new, US-developed
multimedia system with an 8-inch touchscreen standard. Toyota
Safety Sense 3.0 (TSS 3.0) will also come standard.
In 2007, Akio Toyoda wanted to
expand the company's racing experience in its car development
activities. As a starting point, he chose to compete in the 24
Hours of Nürburgring, the grueling endurance race held on the
famous track winding through the German forest. It was an
unofficial Toyota activity at the time, so the team was called
GAZOO Racing and was made up of employees, including Akio Toyoda driving under the alias of
With a limited budget, the newly named team entered the race
with two second-hand Altezzas. Despite adversity, both cars
finished the challenging race, and a new era of Toyota motorsports
and product development, one founded on a spirit of challenge aimed
at instilling change, began.
As TOYOTA GAZOO Racing's first wholly developed and manufactured
model for the North American market, the GR Corolla carries this
With professional drivers, experts and MORIZO at the wheel, GR
Corolla was tested repeatedly at some of Japan's leading circuits, including Fuji
Speedway, Suzuka and Tsukuba Circuit. In addition, the GR team
carried out heavy duty dirt and snow driving with a Japanese Rally
Championship driver. No road was left untested in the process, so
engineers and technicians could sharpen acceleration and control
worthy of the GR name.
To help meet the performance goals for the GR Corolla, Toyota
has established a dedicated GR Factory at its production facility
in Motomachi, Japan. It is the
birthplace of legends such as the Lexus LFA and Supra A80 and is
now home to the first GR production line, where GR Corolla and GR
Yaris are assembled.
The body and component assembly lines comprise several different
cells connected by automatic guided vehicles (AGVs) rather than the
conveyors featured in conventional car plants. This fully flexible
method of working, with many manual assembly techniques, enables
precise body and suspension alignment, with variations in vehicle
dimensions and weight kept to a minimum.
Being assembled by experts means that each GR Corolla takes
longer than a conventional mass-produced car. The assembly line has
been streamlined for precision, with elements such as body
alignment and weld checks to ensure that each GR Corolla is crafted
with meticulous care and attention.
TOYOTA GAZOO Racing has brought together highly skilled
technicians from throughout the company to work on the GR Corolla.
This team not only serves to assemble every GR Corolla but also
helps to enhance the technical skills of other workers across
Toyota facilities when learning is shared. It is a philosophy
that's part of the overall GR mission at Toyota, developing people,
growing the automotive enthusiast and motorsport community and
making ever better cars.
The GR-FOUR System
With all TOYOTA GAZOO Racing sports cars firmly rooted in
motorsports, it only makes sense that the GR Corolla's drivetrain
was born from the rigors of rally racing.
At the heart of the new GR Corolla is the GR-FOUR
All-Wheel-Drive system, Toyota's first sports all-wheel-drive
system in over 20 years. Developed in collaboration with the TOYOTA
GAZOO Racing World Rally Team and honed by WRC drivers, it delivers
exceptional levels of traction and control with engineering
designed to optimize drive power to each wheel, while remaining
simple and lightweight.
Inspired by rally driving, the GR-FOUR system is designed for a
variety of conditions. Whether the driver is looking to adjust
performance for dirt, rain or snow, or just in the mood for a
different feel, the GR-FOUR system offers settings to match.
With a twist of the dial, GR Corolla adjusts its four-wheel
drive performance to fit the driver's needs. For everyday
situations, drivers can set a front/rear torque distribution of
60:40. For sporty driving, balance can shift to the rear, with
30:70 distribution for a fun-to-drive quality on winding roads and
circuits. For maximum stability, a 50:50 setting can be used for
fast, competitive track driving on circuits or special stages. In
each mode, the torque balance will automatically adjust in response
to the driver's inputs, vehicle behavior and road or track
The GR Corolla Circuit and MORIZO Editions are also equipped
with front and rear Torsen® Limited-Slip Differentials (LSD), which
offer enhanced cornering performance and grip with control of left
and right-hand drive torque distribution on the front and rear
axles. The Core grade comes with AWD open differentials standard,
with the dual LSD available as part of the Performance Package on
the Core grade.
Revolutionary Three-Cylinder Turbo Engine
For GR Corolla, Toyota engineers took the same turbocharged
G16E-GTS powerplant used in the GR Yaris and boosted its output for
performance you will feel. Thanks to a three-pipe exhaust system,
GR Corolla produces 300 hp and a satisfying exhaust note without
any augmented engine noise. For the pure joy of its rumble, the
center pipe is open while idling and up to 20 mph, where it will
then close. At 4,500 RPM's the pipe reopens, reducing exhaust
backpressure for powerful acceleration.
The G16E also benefits from motorsport technologies that
maximize performance, including multi-oil jet piston cooling,
large-diameter exhaust valves and a part-machined intake port.
Displacing 1,618 cubic centimeters, it produces a maximum power of
300 hp and 273 lb-ft. of torque on the Core grade and Circuit
Edition and 295 pound-feet of torque in the MORIZO Edition
Compact and lightweight, the DOHC 12-valve engine features a
single-scroll ball-bearing turbo and is matched to a 6-speed
intelligent Manual Transmission (iMT) with rev-matching engineered
to accommodate high torque levels. The turbocharger is integrated
in the exhaust manifold, reducing weight, while control of
wastegate bypass gases is used to improve the catalyst's warm-up
Combustion is fed by Toyota's D-4S direct and port fuel
injection system, which operates at high pressure for maximum fuel
dispersion, for a manufacturer's estimated 21 city/28 highway/24
combined mpg rating.
Wide, Rigid and Designed to Handle
To achieve control worthy of the GR badge, a highly rigid body
was specially constructed for GR Corolla. Based off the GA-C
platform, GR Corolla is designed for handling performance that
rewards the driver.
Enhanced rigidity comes from significantly more weld points in
the frame, particularly to strengthen joints, with 349 more spot
welds. Further gains are made through extensive use of structural
adhesive, which increases the joint rigidity between component
parts. There are just over nine additional feet of adhesive on the
Core grade/Circuit Edition and nearly 20 more feet on the MORIZO
than the Corolla Hatch.
Additional structural support includes underfloor tunnel and
rear wheelhouse braces. The MORIZO Edition adds two braces that
span the rear of the cabin for structural support. The brace also
serves as an in-car "tire rack" that allows a spare set to be
vertically placed for a track day.
The front suspension is a MacPherson-type strut design that is
light weight and maximizes the tires' grip potential. Made up of
circuit-tuned coil springs, shock absorbers and stabilizer bars,
the front suspension is designed to maximize power delivery
to the wheels and provide optimum cornering capability on all
surfaces. The rear suspension uses a double-wishbone type multilink
assembly that accommodates the AWD system's goal of maximum agility
and stability. The MORIZO Edition tweaks the suspension with a
stiffer spring rate on the circuit-tuned coils and red-painted
monotube shock absorbers.
Wide tread tires ensure high cornering performance while
maintaining the excellent high-speed stability of the GR Corolla's
103.9-inch-long wheelbase. The Core grade and Circuit Edition wear
235/40R18 Michelin Pilot Sport 4
tires and come equipped with 18-in. gloss-black 15-spoke cast alloy
wheels. The MORIZO Edition wears 245/40R18 Michelin Pilot Sport Cup
2 tires that are mounted on 18-in. forged alloy wheels.
Stopping power comes from opposed, fixed-caliper disc brakes
with 14-inch x 1.1-inch ventilated and slotted rotors outfitted
with 4-piston aluminum calipers on all grades. At the rear,
11.7-in. x 0.7-in. ventilated rotors with 2-piston aluminum
fixed-caliper disc brakes come standard on the Core grade.
Red-painted GR logoed calipers are standard on the Circuit and
MORIZO Editions. The red-painted front and rear calipers are
available with the Performance Package on the Core grade.
Lightweight and Aerodynamic
Throughout GR Corolla, there has been a focus on saving weight
to maximize the performance potential without compromising strength
and safety. This rigorous approach is particularly evident in the
car's construction, with extensive use of lightweight metals and
materials used in key areas.
On the Circuit and MORIZO Editions, the roof is made of a
forged carbon sheet molding compound. This lightweight,
highly rigid material is lighter than steel, helping lower the
car's center of gravity.
Aluminum is used for the hood while front door panels are steel
on all grades, with light and strong high-tensile steel in critical
areas designed so that the car's structure can help safely absorb
and dissipate impact forces.
The MORIZO Edition takes weight savings a few steps further. The
removal of the back seat, use of forged wheels and ounce-cutting
measures like no rear door speakers, no rear window regulator or
rear wiper, makes the MORIZO Edition about 100-pounds lighter
difference than the Circuit Edition.
Curb weight for the Core grade comes in at 3,252 pounds (3,262
pounds when equipped with the dual LSD option), Circuit at 3,285
pounds, and MORIZO at 3,186 pounds.
GR Corolla's 0.35 coefficient of drag is partially attributed to
GR Corolla's ascending nose and tapering roof line. Wind flow is
directed onto the rear lip spoiler to reduce drag. As with rally
cars, the shaping of the front and rear canards and GR-FOUR stamped
lower rockers efficiently channel airflow down the sides of the
vehicle and a flat underfloor helps reduce drag and improve
Rally Ready Hot Hatch Style
The wide stance and broad hatchback design of GR Corolla
projects a strong, attack-ready style with its black GR badged
functional matrix grille. The dynamic exterior includes functional
air ducts flanking both sides on the Core grade and MORIZO Edition,
and a stylish front grille featuring integrated LED fog lamps and
GR badge comes standard on all models. Auto on/off LED headlamps
and LED DRLs are also standard on all grades.
All grades feature wide front and rear fender-flares. The
Circuit and MORIZO Edition have a bulge hood with functional air
ducts. The forged carbon fiber roof on the Circuit and MORIZO
Editions are matched with a matte black roof-mounted shark fin
antenna. The Core grade features an aluminum hood with a
color-keyed roof and matching shark fin antenna, gloss black power
outside mirrors with turn signal indicators and gloss black window
molding. The Circuit Edition comes with heated side mirrors
standard, which are available with the Cold Weather Package on the
Core grade. Side, front and rear GR Corolla badges are standard on
At the rear, all models feature a rear lower bumper cover with
functional air vents, which come in gloss black on the Circuit
Edition. The tapering of the roof and rear pillars are complimented
by a high mounted black rear sport spoiler on the Circuit Edition
and a color matched rear-lip spoiler on the Core grade and MORIZO
Edition. The wide track and flaring of the rear fenders emphasize
the car's wide, low silhouette, with a ground clearance of 5.3
inches on the Core grade and Circuit Edition and 5.1 inches on the
Race Inspired Interior
The design of the GR Corolla's interior reflects the car's
performance, especially around the driver's cockpit.
Incorporating the feedback of professional drivers, a GR Full
TFT meter was newly developed with a 12.3-inch color
Multi-Information Display (MID) that shows 4WD mode, turbo
pressure, gear position indicator and tachometer. The brightly lit
display is designed for easy viewing in any condition and even
features a start-up GR animation.
The shift lever is designed for a quick throw between gears.
Positioned where the driver's arm is naturally lowered from
steering, the action is light with short shift strokes, adding to
GR Corolla's performance quality. GR Corolla uses a pull type
mechanical parking brake.
The Core grade's cabin is finished with black and silver
details. Drivers and passengers will find fabric trimmed sport
seats with gray stitching and GR badged headrests; 6-way adjustable
driver's seat with suede covered sheet seatback pocket; 4-way
adjustable front passenger seat with seatback pocket are standard
on the Core grade.
The Circuit Edition's interior is finished in black with red
trim details around the door handles, center console, steering
wheel and side air vents. For an added touch, a leather wrapped
"Morizo" signed shift knob comes on the launch year Circuit
Edition. Drivers and front passengers are cradled by Brin-Naub®
suede and synthetic leather-trimmed sport seats with red stitching,
red mesh inserts, seat back pockets and GR badged headrests. The
driver's seat is 6-way adjustable, and passenger's seats are 4-way
The MORIZO Edition offers exclusive red and black trim and
details, including a red seat belt strap and a GR
Ultrasuede®-wrapped, tilt/telescopic sport steering wheel with red
sight line. The limited-edition model comes with Brin-Naub® and
synthetic leather-trimmed semi bucket sport seats with red
stitching, red mesh inserts and GR badged headrests; 6-way
adjustable driver's seat; and a 4-way adjustable front passenger
seat. Ultrasuede is also wrapped around the MORIZO signature shift
Single zone automatic climate control and power windows with
one-touch auto up/down function is standard on all grades. Heated
front seats and heated steering wheel are standard on the Circuit
and MORIZO Editions and are available with the Cold Weather package
option on Core grade.
A GR leather-trimmed tilt/telescopic sport steering wheel with
audio, Multi-Information Display, Bluetooth® hands-free phone and
voice-command controls comes standard on the Circuit Edition.
Standard on all models is a push button GR engine start/stop
button, aluminum sport pedals, two USB Type C charging ports, one
12V auxiliary power outlet, lighted foot wells, front console tray
and rear console box. Qi-compatible wireless smartphone charging
with full charge indicator light is standard on the Circuit Edition
and available with the Technology package on the Core grade.
Toyota Audio Multimedia
All GR Corollas feature Toyota's all-new, North American
developed Audio Multimedia system. Displayed on an 8-inch
touchscreen, the system offers an improved user experience and a
wide range of enhanced connectivity and convenience features,
including Connected Services trials1. Users can interact
with the new system's design through touch and voice activation.
And with Intelligent Assistant available with an active Drive
Connect trial or subscription1, simple phrases like "Hey
Toyota" awaken the system for voice-activated commands to search
for directions, find Points of Interest (POI), adjust audio
controls, change the cabin temperatures and more.
The cloud-based native navigation system offered through and
active Drive Connect trial or subscription allows for real-time
Over-the-Air updates for mapping and Points of Interest (POI), and
Google POI data is integrated to ensure up-to-date search
Toyota Audio Multimedia allows for simultaneous dual Bluetooth
phone connectivity with support for wireless Apple CarPlay® and
Android Auto™ capability. An active Wi-Fi Connect trial or
subscription offers 4G connectivity through AT&T for up to five
devices and enables the new Integrated Streaming feature, providing
the ability to link separate Apple Music® and Amazon Music
subscriptions to the vehicle for onboard control. Adding to the
already robust offering of audio multimedia features, the GR
Corolla has playback ability with HD Radio, USB data and a
SiriusXM® Platinum Plan three-month trial subscription.
The Circuit Edition offers an enhanced audio experience with an
available eight speaker JBL® Premium Audio system including an
eight-channel, 800-watt amplifier.
The GR Corolla comes with a host of additional standard
Connected Services. Safety Connect includes an Emergency
Assistance Button (SOS), 24/7 Enhanced Roadside Assistance,
Automatic Collision Notification, Stolen Vehicle Locator and
Collision Assistance with up to a 10-year trial service. Service
Connect offering drivers the capability of receiving Vehicle Health
Reports, Maintenance Alerts and reminders with up to a 10-year
14G network dependent. After the trial period ends, a
paid subscription is required. More details on trial periods and
subscription-based features can be found
Safety & Other Technology
All GR Corolla models come standard with Toyota Safety Sense 3.0
(TSS 3.0), which includes enhancements made possible by system
sensors with advanced detection capability. The Pre-Collision
System with Pedestrian Detection is also capable of detecting
motorcyclists and bicyclists in certain conditions. When making a
turn or approaching an intersection, the system is designed to
detect forward or laterally approaching oncoming vehicles and
provides audio/visual alerts and automatic braking in certain
Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist is designed to notify
the driver via audible and visual alerts and slight steering force
if it senses the vehicle is leaving the lane without engaging a
turn signal. GR Corolla will be equipped with Dynamic Radar Cruise
Control (DRCC), which is designed to detect the preceding vehicle
and adjust speed in order to maintain a preset distance. And when
DRCC is set and engaged, and Lane Tracing Assist is activated, this
system uses sensors to detect the lane or a preceding vehicle and
provides steering support to help keep the vehicle centered in its
lane while improved lane recognition delivers refined performance
of Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist and Lane Tracing
Automatic High Beams are designed to detect preceding or
oncoming vehicles and automatically switch between high beam and
low beam headlights. Road Sign Assist is designed to recognize
certain road sign information using a forward-facing camera and
display them on the multi-information display (MID).
In addition to the TSS 3.0 system, other standard safety
features on the GR Corolla include Blind Spot Monitor (BSM), which
is designed to help detect and warn when vehicles are approaching
or positioned in the adjacent lanes. Rear Cross Traffic Alert
(RCTA) helps detect vehicles approaching from either side while
backing out and provide a visual and audible warning. Toyota's Rear
Seat Reminder comes standard on the GR Corolla Core grade and
Circuit Edition. The feature can note whether a rear door was
opened within 10 minutes of the vehicle being turned on, or at any
time after the vehicle has been turned on, with a reminder message
in the instrument cluster after the engine is turned off,
accompanied by multitone chimes. Hill Start Assist Control (HAC)
also comes standard on all GR Corolla models and helps improve
control by reducing backward movement when starting from a stop
GR Corolla Core grade is available with the following
- Performance package: Includes front and rear Torsen®
Limited Slip Differentials (LSD), 4-piston aluminum fixed-caliper
disc brakes, red-painted calipers with GR logo; 14-in. x 1.1-in.
ventilated and slotted rotors (front), and 2-piston aluminum
fixed-caliper disc brakes with red-painted calipers and GR logo;
11.7-in. x 0.7-in. ventilated rotors (rear).
- Technology package: Includes Premium Audio with Dynamic
Navigation and JBL® w/Clari-Fi® and Qi-compatible wireless
- Cold Weather Package: Includes heated front seats and
heated steering wheel.
Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price (MSRP)
GR Corolla Core
GR Corolla Circuit
GR Corolla MORIZO
GR Corolla Core grade will arrive at dealership lots in the Fall
of 2022. The MORIZO Edition will arrive in Winter 2023 and Circuit
Edition will arrive in Spring 2023.
Limited Warranty and ToyotaCare
Toyota's 36-month/36,000-mile basic new-vehicle warranty applies
to all components other than normal wear and maintenance items.
Additional 60-month warranties cover the powertrain for 60,000
miles and corrosion with no mileage limitation. Toyota dealers have
complete details on the limited warranty. GR Corolla also comes
with ToyotaCare, a plan covering normal factory-scheduled
maintenance and 24-hour roadside assistance for two years or 25,000
miles, whichever comes first.
Toyota (NYSE:TM) has been a part of the cultural fabric in the
U.S. for more than 60 years, and is committed to advancing
sustainable, next-generation mobility through our Toyota and Lexus
brands, plus our nearly 1,500 dealerships.
Toyota directly employs more than 39,000 people in the U.S. who
have contributed to the design, engineering, and assembly of nearly
32 million cars and trucks at our nine manufacturing plants. By
2025, Toyota's 10th plant in North
Carolina will begin to manufacture automotive batteries for
electrified vehicles. With the more electrified vehicles on
the road than any other automaker, a quarter of the company's 2021
U.S. sales were electrified.
To help inspire the next generation for a career in STEM-based
fields, including mobility, Toyota launched its virtual education
hub at www.TourToyota.com with an immersive experience and chance
to virtually visit many of our U.S. manufacturing facilities. The
hub also includes a series of free STEM-based lessons and
curriculum through Toyota USA
Foundation partners, virtual field trips and more. For more
information about Toyota, visit www.ToyotaNewsroom.com.
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