Two model classes of the Toyota GR Corolla will be offered in Australia – but pricing has yet to be announced and only 500 examples will be available for the first year of sales.
The much-anticipated 2023 Toyota GR Corolla hot hatch will be available in a choice of two versions – including a hardcore two-seat Morizo model – when deliveries begin in Australia in the coming weeks.
Dealership information shared on social media shows two Toyota GR Corolla models will be offered in Australia – instead of three variants offered in the US.
The confidential information confirms buyers in Australia will have a choice of a five-seat “GTS” model with Yokohama tires and a top-of-the-range two-seat Morizo edition with sticky Michelin performance tyres.
Prices for both variants are not yet known drive understands that Toyota will be releasing more details in the coming weeks alongside the formal confirmation of the model range.
If Japanese pricing is any guide, the standard model can start at around $65,000 plus road cost, while the flagship Morizo could top $90,000 plus road cost.
As previously reported by driveOnly 500 examples will be allocated to Australia in the first year – which equates to about two cars per dealership, although some showrooms will only get one and other outlets may get more.
Sean Hanley, Toyota Australia’s chief sales and marketing officer, said last week the allocation of Toyota GR Corolla hot hatchbacks would be managed by dealers – and not coincidentally by a vote, as is customary in New Zealand and Japan – but the company encourages that Dealers for sale the first allotment of cars to loyal Toyota customers.
The volume split – between five-seat GTS and two-seat Morizo models in the first batch of 500 Toyota GR Corollas to be allocated to Australia – has yet to be announced.
Dealership information shared on social media reveals that production of the Toyota GR Corolla GTS five-seater has been in production since October 2022, while the Morizo Edition is slated to go into production soon.
Toyota Australia previously confirmed five-seat and two-seat GR Corolla models would be available locally.
However, it was unclear how Australia’s two-seat and five-seat models would be equipped compared to the versions sold in Japan and North America.
Based on information shared with dealers, it appears that the standard equipment of the Toyota GR Corolla GTS in Australia will be placed between the entry-level Core in the US and the standard RZ in Japan.
The information shows that the Toyota GR Corolla GTS sold in Australia will come with 18-inch cast alloy wheels, Yokohama Advan Apex V601 sport tires, Torsen front and rear locking differentials, red brake calipers, a vented hood and a low-profile rear spoiler (not the taller spoiler fitted to the GR Corolla Circuit Edition in the US).
This puts the Toyota GR Corolla GTS better equipped than the base version of its smaller sibling, the Toyota GR Yaris, which makes the limited-slip differentials (and red brake calipers) exclusive to the rally flagship.
Toyota GR Corolla GTS luxury and technical features include an 8.0-inch touchscreen, 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, dual-zone air conditioning, head-up display, LED headlights, JBL Premium stereo, heated sports seats and parking sensors, and a heated leather steering wheel.
A range of advanced safety technologies will be standard on the GTS, including autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, adaptive cruise control and blind spot monitoring.
Powering the standard Toyota GR Corolla is a 1.6 liter three-cylinder turbo engine shared with the Toyota GR Yaris which increases performance 220kW And 370Nm (plus 20 kW compared to the Toyota GR Yaris) – with six-speed manual transmission and all-wheel drive.
The Toyota GR Corolla Morizo Edition is a track-focused flagship variant with an extra 30Nm (for 220 kW / 400 Nm total), no rear seats, Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires, lightweight sport seats in the front, 18-inch forged alloy wheels, a carbon fiber roof and more. It is 35 kg lighter than the regular GTS.
Dealers have been told four exterior colors will be available for the standard model – Glacier White, Liquid Mercury Metallic Grey, Ebony Black and Feverish Red Metallic.
The Morizo is available in Frosted White Pearl and Tarmac Black Metallic paint finishes, and Matte Steel Gray paint color. It’s unclear which of these colors will be a paid option.
More details of 2023 Toyota GR Corolla The product range – including prices – is expected to be announced later this month.
Standard equipment of the Toyota GR Corolla GTS 2023:
- 1.6 liter turbo three-cylinder engine (220 kW/370 Nm), six-speed manual transmission and selectable all-wheel drive
- Five seats
- 18-inch alloy wheels (cast, not forged)
- Yokohama Advan Apex V601 tires
- Performance brakes with red calipers
- Torsen limited slip differentials front and rear
- Vented bonnet and low rear spoiler in body colour
- LED headlights with dusk detection and automatic high beam
- 8.0″ infotainment touchscreen with wireless/wired Apple CarPlay, wired Android Auto, satellite navigation
- 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster
- Manually adjustable sports seats in front with seat heating
- Faux leather and suede upholstery
- Heated leather steering wheel
- Gear knob and handbrake lever made of leather
- Aluminum pedal covers
- Air conditioning with dual zone automatic climate control
- Proximity key access with push button start
- Head-Up Display
- Wireless smartphone charging
- Eight-speaker JBL sound system
- Rear privacy glass
- Automatic folding power side mirrors
- Illuminated door handles
- A USB-C port
- Parking sensors front and rear
- backup camera
- Seven airbags
- Autonomous emergency braking with pedestrian/cyclist detection, intersection support
- Lane Departure Warning
- Adaptive cruise control (high speed, no stop and go)
- Speed sign recognition
- Blind spot monitoring
2023 Toyota GR Corolla Morizo Edition adds (via GTS):
- Two seats (rear seats deleted)
- 30 Nm more torque (220 kW/400 Nm in total)
- 18-inch forged alloy wheels
- Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 track tires (245 mm wide)
- Carbon fiber roof panel
- Sports bucket seats in front
- Red contrast stitching
- Unbranded dual speaker sound system
- Morizo unique shift knob
- GR badge on front intercooler
- Deleted features compared to GTS:
- Dual-zone climate control (now single-zone only)
- Six speakers (from eight to two)
- Wireless smartphone charger
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