The 2020 Toyota Corolla Altis was launched in September of 2019. With its arrival in the Philippines, it marked the beginning of the Hybrid age for Toyota as it is the second hybrid vehicle to enter the market for the brand. Over in America, however, things are a bit different as a rumored performance model of the Corolla Hatchback has just been accidentally confirmed for the United States (U.S.) market.
The confirmation of the performance hatchback comes through a tweet that the Japanese brand has sent out. In its tweet, Toyota has stated that “While GR Yaris isn't hitting the States…perhaps it's time the U.S. got a hot hatch to call its own, that continues to push the boundaries of performance. And one that can only come from Toyota Gazoo Racing. Are you with us?” The Japanese brand currently only sells two hatchbacks the Yaris and the Corolla for the North American market. Since the automaker has just confirmed that it will not be bringing in the GR Yaris the only remaining option is the Corolla. The launch of the vehicle was originally set to launch in 2023, however, with more information rolling in its launch date may end up coming sooner than later.
What has been confirmed about the more powerful version of the Corolla hatch is that It will come with a 1.6-liter turbocharged 3-cylinder motor that is capable of producing 268hp and 370 Nm of torque. It is the same engine that is currently powering the smaller hatchback the GR Yaris. It will be also getting an all-wheel-drive system and will ride on Toyota’s New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform. Aside from this, no new information has come up with regards to the vehicle's suspension and interior features.
With no launch dates set yet for the performance version of the Corolla hatchback, only time will tell when it will officially enter the market. While we don’t know if Toyota Philippines will be bringing in the hot hatchback into the country, we really wish they do. The addition of the GR Corolla into Toyota's vehicle lineup would address the market of car enthusiasts who want an all-wheel-drive performance-oriented version of the vehicle in the country.