The Toyota GR Corolla took the world by storm when it launched as an affordable high-performance hatchback in March, and now a new report from Japan’s Goo-Net magazine claims that a sedan version could potentially work as soon as possible with the release in mid-2023. . While this is certainly more than a long shot, especially considering the declining popularity of sedans in most markets, creating a case for a GR Corolla sedan can be rewarding.
For one, it allows people to get their hands on a GR Corolla that would not otherwise be able to, or potentially simply simply flood the market so that dealers are less inclined to place huge markup on these vehicles, which are already limited in size. To start the supply. While Toyota’s initial approach was likely to limit supply to meet demand, there is clearly no shortage of demand, so it may make sense at the moment to shoot only for increased accessibility and increased sales.
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In addition, while a lot of people are perfectly fine with the hatchback design, not everyone likes their performance car 5-door. Some people prefer the less heavy design of the sedan, even if it comes at a low cost of practicality. Also, regular Corolla sedans actually have more rear seat legroom than hatchbacks, which people might prefer over mere cargo volume. That being said, one of the main selling points of the car is all-wheel drive, a driveshaft running to get the rear wheels will probably occupy some part of that extra legroom, at least for the middle passenger.
Something else is thinking about transmission. It is already known that Toyota is working an 8-speed automatic for the GR Yaris and since that car shares many components with the GR Corolla, such as the engine, we can see that Toyota is pulling a strategy contrary to what it has done with them. Supra: Offer manual transmission only to get started, then turn on an automatic later. This will allow more people to ride a GR Corolla who would not otherwise buy one, as they may not be able to drive manually or would prefer a simpler driving experience.
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In addition, introducing a new transmission later in production will help keep the car relevant as interest in each successive model begins to wane with the passing of the year. Even without the transmission, just launching a GR Corolla sedan can achieve that goal so that the overall GR Corolla name is relevant to its life cycle.
It has again done something with the Toyota Supra. The first year was the initial release, the second was the addition of power, the third was the limited edition model and the fourth was the introduction of the manual. Each year, Toyota has done something to keep the Supra relevant to the public eye in order to maintain sales continuity, and it would be understandable for them to do something similar to the much-needed GR Corolla.
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On the other hand, there are some hard points against the existence of this car. For one, as mentioned earlier, sedans are becoming less popular, with many automakers shifting their focus to crossovers and SUVs, or eliminating sedans altogether. Granted, Toyota has said in the past that they will be loyal to the sedan body style, but we’re not sure if that loyalty will extend to the development of limited-powered rally-special Corolla sedan adaptations.
Another problem is that as Drive Australia has pointed out, Corolla sedans have different dimensions in different markets, so global production can be difficult. In that case, the automaker might have to create different versions of the car for different markets, try to combine one market version for global use, or just sell the car in a specific market. Finally, Subaru has a problem. Toyota works very closely with Subaru, with many of their model sharing platforms, and while a GR Corolla sedan will probably slot closer to the now-dead WRX STI in terms of price and performance, there is also a chance that it could manipulate regular sales. WRX.
With all that said, all this speculation surrounding a GR Corolla sedan is just that, guess what, but there must be a case for it to happen. What do you think? Do you think Toyota will make a GR Corolla sedan? Would it make sense for them? And if they do, will you buy one? Let us know in the comments.