It looks like Toyota and Gazoo Racing just can't seem to get enough making more GR models.
Last week, we reported that the Corolla Hatchback was supposedly next in line to get the GR treatment. Unlike the GR Sport variant which is only an appearance pack, the GR hatchback will be all about performance.
But Toyota appears to be planning to build another hot GR model via the C-HR. That's right, the automaker is apparently considering to make a high performance version of the subcompact crossover, complete with a powerful turbocharged engine.
According to AutoExpress UK, it will supposedly be released before the year 2023 and will sit alongside the Yaris and Corolla GR models. And just like previous models mentioned, the C-HR will reportedly also come with the 1.6-liter turbocharged inline-three, albeit slightly detuned.
Sure, the standard C-HR is already available with a 1.2-liter turbo. But that engine only makes 116 PS and 185 Nm of torque. When equipped with the bigger 1.6-liter turbo engine, it could have 250 PS ready on tap, as well as a GR-tuned suspension to boot.
As much as making a hotter version of the C-HR sounds appealing, we have to ask if this is Toyota's way of attracting more car buyers to a C-HR, as well as introducing them to the GR line up. Well according to a high-ranking Gazoo Racing executive, this is the company's way of further expanding the engine's use. This could also mean that the 1.6-liter turbo inline-three was not originally meant to be used solely on the GR Yaris.
With that in mind, we might see more GR models packed with the good ol' 1.6-liter turbo engine. And with the company planning to set up a dedicated GR factory soon, we won't be surprised if Gazoo Racing will make more hot versions of Toyotas. Let's hope that some of those make their way to the Philippines, but we'll still have to wait for a left hand drive version.