Toyota Gazoo Racing has once again given its magic to the Corolla. However, this is still not the true GR Corolla hot hatch you are probably waiting for. This is the 2022 Toyota Corolla Altis GR Sport, which has just made its debut in Thailand.
This isn’t the first time that the Corolla Altis has received the GR treatment, though. The first Corolla Altis GR Sport made its debut three years ago, but the Japanese automaker has decided that it already needs a new look. The most obvious change for the 2022 Corolla GR Sport would be its new front fascia, which is now composed of a wider lower air intake and slimmer triangular faux side vents. As a result, the Corolla GR Sport looks very similar to the refreshed Camry that made its local debut recently. The side skirts and rear bumper have also been slightly redesigned, while the rest of the vehicle remains unchanged.
As for the interior, the 2022 Toyota Corolla GR sport gains a host of new red interior trims. Blue ambient LED lighting has also been added in the doors and center console, while the seats have been given red stitching to complement the various red interior trims. Also exclusive to the Corolla GR Sport are paddle shifters, while a new head-up display makes its debut in the 2022 model year Corolla Altis.
Two engine choices are available for the Corolla Altis GR Sport, both of which are 1.8-liters in displacement. The first one produces 139 horsepower while the second one is a hybrid mill that has a total system output of 121 horsepower. Both engines power the front wheels via a CVT.
Toyota didn’t just give the Corolla GR Sport a new body kit and simply called it a day, however. Its new shock absorbers, springs, and rear stabilizer bar should help the Corolla Altis GR Sport achieve higher levels of handling.
With Toyota Motor Philippines applying the GR Sport treatment to a number of its vehicles, most recent of which being the Fortuner and Hilux, we won’t be surprised if the Corolla Altis will soon gain a GR Sport variant in Toyota’s local lineup.