It's been a month since 2022 started. The entrance ceremony has ended at manufacturers and retailers, and it is time to solidify the sales policy for this year and make a start dash. At the same time, this is the time when the future lineup will be revealed one after another.
On March 31, 2022, the final day of last year, a car of interest was announced at Long Beach, California, USA. GR Corolla. It was announced that it will be released in Japan in the latter half of 2022, but the Corolla's improvement information linked to this has jumped into the author.
The Corolla, also known as the Japanese national car, seems to undergo a major transformation in 2022. Let's tell you the latest information on the Corolla and its future evolution.
Toyota has a deep relationship with motor sports (especially rallies), such as the TE25 Corolla, which won the WRC (World Rally Championship) for the first time, and the Corolla Levin, who won the 1000 Lake Rally. Although the Corolla is a popular car, it is also a sports model that has supported Toyota Motorsport.
The Corolla, which has captivated users, will be revived as a GR model.
The GR Corolla, which was unveiled for the first time in the world in North America, is the fourth GR model after the Supra, GR Yaris, and GR86. Unlike the GR SPORT, which only has light tuning (reinforcement and exterior changes) for the base model, it greatly strengthens everything from the engine to the basic skeleton.
The GR Corolla is equipped with a strengthened 1.6L in-line 3-cylinder turbo engine that was also installed in the GR Yaris. The maximum output of 224kW (304PS) is transmitted to the road surface by the drive system GR-FOUR optimized for GR Corolla. While maintaining a 5-door, 5-seater that is easy to use in everyday life, a wide tread has been adopted to achieve high turning performance.
A full-scale sports model, which will be the final form, will be added to the Corolla series, which expands the lineup, including sedans, station wagons, short body hatchbacks, and SUVs. The widest Corolla lineup has been completed in 56 years of history.
In the press release delivered on April 1, GR Corolla will be released in Japan in the latter half of 2022. In another two months, 2022 will be in July, that is, in the second half, but when will it actually appear?
Information related to the release time of concern came in.
It is said that the entire Corolla series will be significantly improved in the fall of 2022. This time it seems that it is only a partial improvement, but it seems that the content will be at a level that can be said to be a big minor change.
There are three types of changes: Corolla, Corolla Touring, and Corolla Sport. The Corolla Cross announced last year is expected to continue to be sold as it is.
The exterior design has been changed, the display audio specifications have been changed, and the interior has been modified, but the biggest change is the revision of the gasoline engine model.
The 1.8L engine model will continue to be adopted for all hybrid vehicles, and it will be the non-hybrid engine that will change significantly. It is said that the current 1.8L NA and 1.2L turbo systems will be abolished and the 1.5L NA dynamic force engine installed in the Yaris will be adopted.
Originally, a turbo engine was installed in anticipation of the European market, where demand for downsizing turbos was high. However, the popularity in Japan is not good, and the European market, which was the purpose of introduction, has already advanced the automobile policy with BEV in mind.
The turbo engine left behind will be abolished, and the 1.8L NA engine, which is disadvantageous in terms of taxation in Japan, will be downgraded to 1.5L. The lineup will be refreshed, the price will be kept down, and the NA engine can be expected to improve fuel efficiency.
In the Corolla series, not only hybrids but also pure gasoline models are in high demand. There is no doubt that the Corolla's appeal will be further enhanced by brushing up on the latest engine.