Last year, we got our first look at the ASEAN-spec Toyota Corolla Altis GR Sport after making its debut in Thailand. It a revised set of bumpers, side skirts, wheels, and other exterior trim pieces, giving the 12th-generation Corolla a sportier look. However, the styling may not be everyone’s cup of tea. Now, Toyota has introduced the GR Sport variant of the Corolla sedan for Europe. Quite frankly, it looks a lot better than the Thailand counterpart.
Rather than going for a loud and sport styling, the Corolla GR Sport in Europe looks a lot more subtle. From the looks of it, the bumpers remain unchanged. However, nearly all of the chrome exterior trim pieces have been finished in piano black. These include the front grille, side mirror housing, center pillar, and side sills. Though it is hard to tell, the C-shape trim on the front bumper also been blackened.
Aside from blacked-out trim, the GR Sport does get a new integrated trunk lid spoiler. There’s also a new black garnish above the license plate. New wheels available in 17 or 18-inch options and GR Sport badging complete the exterior makeover. A black roof finish is available as an option for a sportier appeal.
Inside, the cabin sees more upgrades as opposed to the Thai-spec GR Sport model. Instead of just red accents on the seats, the Corolla GR Sport gets new sports seats. Interestingly, they look like the same seats fitted on the GR Supra. Just like the exterior, the interior features a black theme as well with black headliner and seats. Customers can also order an ambient lighting system as an option.
The European Corolla GR Sport does share one similarity with its Thailand counterpart – the engine. No power upgrades have been offered as the GR Sport trim is merely a styling package. As such, power still comes from both the 1.8-liter hybrid or the 1.6-liter gasoline mill.
With no GR Sport variant offered in the Philippines just yet, here’s to hoping we get this model instead. Certainly looks a lot cleaner, and it has Supra seats too.