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March 6, 2020

Should Toyota Motor PH Bring in the Corolla Altis GR Sport?

With the application of the Toyota New Global Architecture or TNGA in the all-new 2020 Corolla Altis, Toyota’s compact sedan has finally turned a sportier leaf. Naturally, this makes it a candidate for a hotted-up version, and here it is: the Corolla Altis GR Sport.

Unfortunately, those looking for some true performance enhancements, you’ll be disappointed. That being said, at least this Gazoo Racing treatment does manage to up the excitement with the Corolla Altis GR Sport’s special aero package. Not only does it visually lower the compact sedan, but the brushed silver accents on the grille and bumper give it a more menacing presence and it does  complement the 17-inch wheels. Inside, it gets sporty front bucket seats with red stitching and sportier-looking gauges.

Mechanically, it carries neither the 1.6-liter nor Hybrid drivetrain. Instead, Toyota has opted to plop in a 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine. The 2ZR-FBE engine in this case makes 140 horsepower at 6,000 rpm and 177 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. This is mated to a CVT with 7 virtual gears.

Currently, the GR Sport variant is sold only in Thailand. However given a huge P 395,000 price gap between the top-line 1.6 V and the Hybrid locally, it’s highly likely that Toyota Motor Philippines will slot this somewhere in-between.

In Thailand, the GR Sport adds a P 160,000 premium over the 1.6-liter model. If Toyota Motor Philippines decides to bring this variant in, it’s likely to be priced at around P 1.3-million.

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