Say Toyota Yaris and, for the most part, people will think a reasonably priced runabout that's easy on gas and easy on maintenance. Sporty isn't exactly the first word that comes to mind.
But outside the country, the Yaris has been getting a hotter makeover. There are the GR versions and, of course, it competes in the World Rally Championship. Now that there's an all-new model out, we're expecting more from Toyota.
With that, Toyota is set to come out what could be the hottest Yaris yet. It's dubbed the Yaris GR-4, and it will be revealed in about two weeks.
For now, Toyota just announced the release date, which is November 17 at Rally Australia. No details have been mentioned yet, but there are some clues in the teaser photo. For instance, it has much wider fenders than the standard Yaris. This suggests that a lot of work was done under the chassis for it to need a wider stance.
Then there's the name of the car itself. The '4' bit has us rather interested and could mean a couple of things. The hot hatch could have a four-cylinder engine instead of a three which the "regular" versions have. If that's the case, it's likely to be turbocharged, much like most hot hatchbacks these days. The other possibility sounds a little more exciting. Since Toyota is committed to the World Rally Championship, there is a possibility that it might get all-wheel drive, too.
Of course, it would be nice if it will get both a four-pot turbo and all-wheel drive to turn it into a proper rally rep. We'll just have to wait for the opening stages of Rally Australia to find out.