- With the GR Yaris not coming to America Toyota is searching for a solution;
- Toyota USA confirmed it was preparing something for North American consumers;
- It could either be a Toyota GR Corolla or a GR C-HR.
Just over a month ago, Toyota launched the 2020 GR Yaris, a subcompact that has more in common with a rally racing car than the city car on which it is based. Powered by a 3-cylinder turbo engine developing 268 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque mated to a six-speed manual transmission and all-wheel drive, the small bomb is unfortunately not intended for the North American market.
Moreover, our North American Toyota Yaris is now entirely changed for the 2020 model year, the hatchback version has joined the sedan that has been in service since 2016. Remember that these two variants are in fact a disguised Mazda2 to integrate with the Toyota range, unlike the European Yaris, developed by in-house engineers.
Despite a petition circulating at the moment, so that Toyota reconsider its strategy of leaving the GR Yaris on the other side of the Atlantic Ocean, the manufacturer will not budge, the profitability of the project simply makes no sense.
However – and this is where it gets interesting – there is hope for lovers of affordable performance on this continent. Indeed, in an interview with Car and Driver magazine, vice president of sales for Toyota USA, Bob Carter, said that the manufacturer was preparing a response for consumers interested in the GR Yaris.
Unfortunately, that is all that revealed this leader of the American wing of the brand, but it is possible to believe that Toyota strongly considers the addition of this 3-cylinder turbo engine to one of the existing models here. As the American magazine mentions, the Corolla Hatchback and the C-HR crossover are two likely candidates to host this explosive powertrain.
It is not the first time that we hear rumours about the addition of a performance Corolla, a car that would come to play with a Volkswagen Golf GTI or even a Hyundai Veloster N for example. But, in an industry where everything called utility sells better, it would not be surprising to see a C-HR arrive with more power under the right foot. After all, Hyundai is currently preparing the arrival of a Kona N, so why not a Toyota GR C-HR?
The question at least deserves to be asked. Something tells us that the answers to these questions will be answered within a few weeks, whether at the New York Auto Show or even at the Detroit Auto Show in June.