Remember when we reported that Toyota was supposedly working on a GR Corolla Hatchback?
The souped-up Corolla will reportedly come with a 1.6-liter turbocharged three-cylinder derived from the GR Yaris. But instead of making 272 PS, it will apparently be detuned to only put out 250 PS. Despite the slight drop in power, the GR Corolla Hatch will also benefit from the GR-Four all-wheel-drive system, a six-speed manual gearbox, and a stiffer set of springs/dampers for better handling.
Fast forward to November 2021, and it looks like Toyota is just about ready to reveal it. In fact, Toyota actually already teased the upcoming hot hatch albeit subtly. Back on October 27, Toyota USA posted on their official Instagram account a photo of what appears to be a fully-loaded Corolla Hatchback. While the picture looks ordinary, the folks over at GR Corolla Forum noticed that not everything is what it seems.
Immediately, they noticed that the picture featured some unique easter eggs. For starters, the clock on the instrument panel (above the speedometer) shows 'G:16'. This is a reference to the G16E-GTS, the name of the 1.6-liter turbo three-cylinder that powers the GR Yaris.
Then there's the name of the road on the navigation system that supposedly reads 'GR-Four'. This time, it references the vehicle's all-wheel-drive system. On the automatic climate control panel, the display reads '268' which could mean the GR Corolla could produce 268 PS from its three-cylinder turbo.
Last but not least, a camouflaged hatchback can be seen on the right side of the picture. If this is anything to go by, we may be looking at the GR Corolla itself. But since the vehicle is so small, it's hard to discern what makes it unique aside from the fact that it's a five-door hatchback.
It's worth noting that the teaser image Toyota used is actually based on an existing press shot of the Corolla which you can see below. But for the teaser photo to work, Toyota added the hidden details to the picture. If it wasn't for some keen-eyed enthusiasts, we might have missed all the easter eggs Toyota put on the said image.
There's no word yet from Toyota as to when they will reveal the all-new GR Corolla. But thanks to the teaser photo they released, it seems we might not have to wait long for its official unveiling. Fingers crossed it will happen sooner rather than later.