Speaking to Auto Express at the Paris Motor Show, Toyota’s European president and CEO Dr Johan van Zyl, explained the company’s process of identifying vehicles worthy of GRMN treatment.
“Our aspiration is to offer a wide spread of GR vehicles to our customers to bring the excitement to the brand.
“So as we go along with our product range we will look at every one of the products and say ok what is possible? Does this model suit the GR brand? Can we make some excitement with it?”
Discount the RAV4 SUV and the new Corolla is the freshest Toyota to surface, arriving under its old Auris nameplate at the Geneva Motor Show back in March with a spread of hybrid powertrains. At launch up to 177bhp will be available from a new 2.0-litre petrol-electric set-up.
Rival Skoda has already showcased its intentions to enter the hot hatch market with an electrified offering through the Vision RS concept presented this week in Paris. Asked if Toyota could do something similar, van Zyl confirmed the new Corolla’s sporting potential.
“I think that’s what we are trying to say with the fact we have launched the 2.0-litre hybrid in the Corolla range. We are saying it is possible. We can make a more exciting, sporty hybrid. The technology is there. It’s just the way you tune it.”
The new Corolla arrives on sale in Britain early next year, and a jacked up, SUV inspired version could be on the cards too, given that Toyota has trademarked the name Corolla Cross.
Now read our first drive review of the new Toyota Corolla here.
Source: – autoexpress
New 2019 Toyota Corolla could gain hot hybrid GRMN model