Toyota has released another video of the upcoming GR Yaris hot hatch, this time featuring some early impressions from the factory WRC team, including Ott Tanak, Kris Meeke, Jari-Matti Latvala and team principal Tommi Makinen.
The new Toyota GR Yaris will be a rally-inspired hot hatch, featuring all-wheel drive and a powerful turbocharged engine paired to a manual transmission. Details about the powertrain are not known yet, with rumors talking about either a four-cylinder or a three-cylinder unit.
In any case, the new hot Toyota “incorporates all the technologies, knowledge, and experience learned from WRC”, according to Gazoo Racing. That probably means that the final production car will most likely adopt a four-cylinder engine, which we expect to offer way more than the 209 HP of the previous limited edition Yaris GRMN.
The red-black-white camouflaged prototype seen in the video is also a three-door Yaris that features frameless doors, a bodystyle not seen before in the regular Yaris range, as well as rally wheels and tires. The interior features body-hugging GR-branded bucket seats.
The exterior of the new Toyota GR Yaris will feature a wide bodykit, more aggressive bumpers, bigger wheels and a roof spoiler. Toyota’s new hot hatch will ride on wider tracks front and rear, along with a model-specific suspension design to support the WRC relationship; apparently, this will not be just a souped-up Yaris but rather a quite unique machine in the same vein with homologation specials of the past.
It’s safe to assume that this Yaris won’t make it to the US, since all we get here is the Mazda-based version. Markets like Japan, Australia and Europe however are in more luck. Toyota will reveal the new GR Yaris at the Tokyo Auto Salon in full detail on January 10, so stay tuned.