There are plenty of reasons to be excited about the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Auto Salon. For starters, there’s the usual scene of highly modified Japanese tuner rides, which we expect to be composed mainly of the Toyota GR Supra and the ever-popular Suzuki Jimny for 2020. Of course, there’s also the wild and outrageous supercar builds that may include flashy Lambos and even hypercars like the Koenigsegg. But if those aren’t enough to get you excited for TAS, well Toyota has something special in store as well.
The Japanese automaker will be officially debuting the upcoming GR Yaris hot hatch at the aftermarket show this coming January 10 to 12 at the Makuhari Messe in Tokyo, Japan. The GR Yaris will be the second model launched in the “GR Models” following the GR Supra.
At the moment, Toyota has been tight-lipped on the upcoming GR Yaris. However, they have shown the vehicle in action, being pushed to the limits by none other than Toyota president Akio “Morizo” Toyoda. In fact, the automaker even claims that Morizo himself performed the final test of the car.
Based on the short video, we can see that the GR Yaris will feature a three-door layout compared to the new Yaris revealed earlier this year. Whether or not a five-door variant will be offered is still uncertain at the moment. As for technical specifications, the GR Yaris looks to have an all-wheel drive system and other features found in Toyota’s WRC rally car. Though this has yet to be officially confirmed from Toyota, the video does give it away. Powering the hot hatch is expected to be a turbocharged four-cylinder engine paired to a manual gearbox.
For now, it’s still uncertain whether the GR Yaris will have a limited-production run, like the supercharged Yaris GRMN. Considering it is a GR model, it could also have a full production run similar to the GR Supra.
If you happen to be in Japan on December 15, you can have your first look at the GR Yaris, albeit in camouflage, at the Toyota Gazoo Racing Festival. Otherwise, you'll have to wait until next year to see it fully revealed at the Makuhari Messe once the Tokyo Auto Salon opens.