It Looks Like The Toyota GR Corolla Is Getting An Automatic

Apparently leaked documents claim that the GR Yaris’ bigger sibling will get a two-pedal option and more torque across the board for 2025
Toyota GR Corolla - front
Toyota GR Corolla - front

Ah, the Toyota GR Corolla. It remains some of the sweetest-sounding forbidden fruit for us here in Europe, and we won’t shut up about that until Toyota finds some way to bring it here to sit alongside the little GR Yaris.

The latest developments with the car come as almost no surprise and have basically no bearing on how much we want one of these five-door road-going rally cars. In line with the freshly facelifted GR Yaris, with which the Corolla shares its 1.6-litre turbocharged three-cylinder and four-wheel drive system, the bigger car is set to get an optional automatic gearbox, if documents purportedly coming from Toyota’s Canadian division are to be believed.

Toyota GR Corolla - rear
Toyota GR Corolla - rear

The documents, first posted in a verified GR Corolla owner’s group on Facebook and picked up by the GR Corolla Forum, show the addition of a new trim to the range for the 2025 model year, called the Premium AT.

This sees the addition of an eight-speed automatic with paddle shifters – almost certainly the same unit that’s just found its way onto the refreshed GR Yaris. As we found from a brief go on a frozen lake in the Yaris, it’s a very good, performance-biased auto. Our money would still go on the standard manual, but there’s nothing wrong with a car like this further broadening its appeal.

Interior of Toyota GR Yaris with automatic gearbox
Interior of Toyota GR Yaris with automatic gearbox

Also nestled in the document is an apparent confirmation that for 2025, the GR Corolla will get a boost from 273 to 295lb ft of torque across the board, a figure previously only seen on the hardcore, two-seater Morizo version. Power is set to remain at 300bhp, but both of these figures are more than we get from the G16 in the Euro-market GR Yaris, where emissions rules mean it’s held back to 276bhp and 288lb ft.

For what it’s worth, Motor1 contacted Toyota for comment and got a fairly noncommittal response, but both of these things seem like entirely logical updates. Of course, none of this has any bearing on us in Europe, where the GR Corolla is unlikely to ever go on sale, but congrats to those of you who can buy one – it looks like you’re about to gain a car with even broader appeal.

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