First-Ever GR Corolla Rockets to the Streets this FallBlog Sep 16th, 2022
- 1.6L, 3-cylinder turbo engine delivers 300 hp and up to 295 lb-ft of torque
- GR-Four AWD system with customizable front-rear power settings
- Available in three grades: Core, launch-year-exclusive Circuit Edition, and ultra-limited MORIZO Edition
- Starting MSRP of $45,490
TORONTO, Ontario (September 14th, 2022) – The first-ever 2023 GR Corolla is the newest member of TOYOTA’S GAZOO Racing sports car family and it’s ready to make a big impression on Canadian streets.
“The GR Corolla is rooted in rally. It was developed under the scrutiny of Toyota’s master driver, Akio Toyoda, and inspired by our legendary history in racing and rallying events,” said Cyril Dimitris, Vice President, Toyota Canada Inc. “With a core model plus two limited editions on offer, this hot hatch is ready to rocket to the top of driver wish lists when it debuts at Toyota Dealers this year.”
All GR Corolla models are assembled at the GR Factory – a dedicated production facility that built legends such as the Lexus LFA and Supra A80. Here, TOYOTA GAZOO Racing has assembled a team of highly skilled technicians, leveraging their expertise in high-performance motorsports engineering to build GR vehicles.
That expertise is most apparent under the hood, where GR Corolla introduces Toyota’s tuning, rally, and race fans to an all-new engine: A 1.6L Turbo three-cylinder that delivers 300 peak horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque. This is mated to a six-speed intelligent Manual Transmission (iMT) with a short-throw shifter and moderately tuned clutch to keep drivers engaged with hands-on thrills while delivering an estimated 0-100 km/h acceleration time of less than five seconds.
This powertrain delivers its output to the GR-FOUR All-Wheel-Drive system, Toyota’s first sports all-wheel-drive system in more than 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. Drivers can quickly and seamlessly adjust the GR FOUR system to match a variety of road conditions and driving styles – deploying 60-40, 50-50, or 30-70 torque distribution to the front and rear wheels.
All grades come equipped with the all-new Toyota Multimedia System with 8-inch full colour touchscreen and Toyota Safety Sense 3.0 (TSS 3.0).
Toyota Canada is offering the GR Corolla in three grades:
The 2023 Toyota GR Corolla Core (starting MSRP: $45,490) provides drivers with a well-balanced, responsive, and spirited compact hatch featuring 18” black alloy wheels and GR Sports seats. The Core grade receives an 8” Toyota Multimedia system with Service Connect (up to 5-yr trial), Remote Connect (3-yr trial), Safety Connect (3-yr trial), Drive Connect enabled (paid subscription required) along with 6-speaker audio system and standard wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility. Unique to Canada, the GR Corolla Core will come standard with heated front seats and front and rear Torsen® Limited Slip Differentials (LSD).
The 2023 Toyota GR Corolla Circuit Edition (starting MSRP: $53,990) is a limited production, launch-year exclusive model. This edition builds on the Core model, adding a carbon fibre roof, GR red caliper brakes, a vented hood bulge, rear spoiler, GR suede seats, a heated steering wheel, a signature shift knob, and a 3-year Drive Connect (Cloud Navigation, Intelligent Assistant, Destination Assist) trial along with an 8-speaker JBL® Premium Audio system with an eight-channel, 800-watt amplifier.
The 2023 Toyota GR Corolla MORIZO Edition (starting MSRP: $59,990) is also a limited production model. Named after Akio Toyoda’s racing moniker, this is the track-focussed GR Corolla, featuring a re-tuned engine that delivers a higher, 295 lb-ft of torque. This model drops the rear seats to save weight, then securely holds driver and navigator in Brin-Naub and synthetic leather-trimmed GR sport seats with red stitching and red mesh inserts. Other features include a close-ratio six-speed manual transmission with an Ultrasuede-clad MORIZO signed shift knob, forged 18” alloy wheels, carbon fibre roof, rear lip spoiler, vented hood bulge and a suede-clad steering wheel.
The 2023 Toyota GR Corolla Core will arrive at Toyota Dealers across Canada this Fall. The Circuit Edition and MORIZO Edition go on sale in Spring 2023. For complete and up to date details and specifications, visit www.toyota.ca/grcorolla
About Toyota Canada Inc.
Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI) is the exclusive Canadian distributor of Toyota and Lexus vehicles. Toyota has sold over six million vehicles in Canada through a national network of 287 Toyota and Lexus dealerships. Toyota is dedicated to bringing safety, quality, dependability and reliability to the vehicles Canadians drive and the service they receive. TCI’s head office is in Toronto, with regional offices in Vancouver, Calgary, Montreal and Halifax, and parts distribution centres in Clarington and Vancouver. Toyota also operates two manufacturing facilities in Canada. Having produced more than nine million vehicles, popular Canadian models built at these facilities include Toyota RAV4, Toyota RAV4 Hybrid, Lexus RX 350 and RX 450h hybrid, as well as Lexus NX 250, NX 350 and NX 350h hybrid. The company has sold more than 19 million electrified vehicles worldwide and is the number one seller of electrified vehicles in Canada.
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