Originally making its debut in Taiwan back in May of 2020, the Corolla GR Sport has now made its way into the European market. Compared to the standard version of the vehicle in Europe, the GR Sport gets a couple of subtle design changes. It now comes with piano-black elements that can be found on the front grille, side sills, B-pillars, as well as on its faux air vents. All these combined give the humble Toyota Corolla Altis a more sporty appeal.
Aside from these additions, the Corolla GR Sport also comes with 10-spoke 17-inch alloy wheels that come in a dual-tone finish as standard. Those who want bigger wheels also have the option of getting 18-inch alloys for an additional cost. At the rear, the sedan now comes with an added trunk-mounted spoiler. It also gets 8 different color choices and interested buyers can also get a blacked-out roof for 7 out of the 8 color options.
On the inside, Toyota has given the interior an all-black theme thanks to the addition of black accents. The GR Sport variant also gets a leather-wrapped steering wheel to complete the look. Separating it from the normal line up. The sportier Corolla Altis gets leatherette upholstery with white and red stitching along with ambient lighting.
Under the hood of the Corolla GR Sport, you can choose between either a naturally-aspirated 1.6-liter motor or a 1.8-liter hybrid power plant. The 1.6-liter motor produces 120hp while the 1.8-liter hybrid mill together with its electric motor makes 132hp. Transmission options are limited to just CVTs, however.
Toyota intends to start the production of the GR Sport around November 20, 2020, and sales should begin around January of 2021. The Japanese brand has confirmed that the GR Sport will go on sale for the majority of its East European markets. After its launch in these markets, it will then be launched in other countries as well.