Last Tuesday (06 Sep 2022), Toyota revealed their upcoming hot hatch 2023 GR corolla lineup debuting this winter. With advanced features and increased performance, people expect this all-wheel-drive hot hatch to introduce some serious competition in the market.
There will be 3 trims available in the market by next year as part of the 2023 Toyota GR Corolla Lineup. The Trims are:
- GR Corolla Core — Basic Version
- GR Corolla Circuit — For Car Enthusiasts
- GR Corolla Morizo Edition — Premium Luxury Hot Hatch
Here’s the breakdown of each model and its functionalities:
GR Corolla Core:
All the 2023 GR Corolla models are equipped with a 3-cylinder G16E-GTS motor engine (1.6 liters) that can deliver 300 HP (224 kW) and 273 lb-ft (370 Nm) of torque. The torque can be increased in the Morizo edition, we’ll talk more about this in the following sections.
This hot hatch also features a 6-speed manual gearbox. The gearbox sends power to each wheel through their famous GR-Four all-wheel-drive system. The first batch of the core model is expected to hit car dealerships by November 2022.
The pricing for the core model begins at $36,995. However, there are additional upgrade packages that people can opt-in for. Additionally, this price doesn’t include sales tax and the dealer’s $1095 “processing and handling” fee.
However, the shipping and delivery fees are included in the price. More information on those packages is in the later sections.
Toyota expects to release more than 5,000 units in its 1st year of production. The AWD system is capable of adjusting the power shift according to various road conditions. The car offers 4 driving modes: Eco, Sport, Track, and Custom. If you’re up for a sporty driving experience, the system can distribute as much as 70% power to the rear wheels.
As standard features, the 2023 Corolla GR core features fabric seats (Sport) with gray stitching, black and grey interior accents, a rear spoiler, LED headlights, and 235/40-size Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires on 18-inch alloy wheels. The driver seat is 6-way adjustable and the front passenger seat can be adjusted in 4 combinations.
This mighty hot hatch is also equipped with a digital instrument display (12.3 inches), an 8.0-inch infotainment touchscreen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, aluminum pedals, automatic rev-matching stick shift, and a 6-speaker sound system.
As safety features, the 2023 Corolla GR Core is equipped with automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, rear cross-traffic alerts, active lane control, blind-spot monitors, adaptive cruise control, automatic high beams, and road sign recognition.
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Now, let’s talk about the upgrade packages. There are 3 additional upgrade packages, depending on the user’s driving style. The Packages are:
Cold weather package:
This is the cheapest upgrade package. This includes heated steering wheel and front seats for better comfort driving in the winter season. This package will cost around $500.
This package is designed for tech enthusiast people. The package includes Toyota’s premium audio infotainment system equipped with JBL Clari-Fi sound and advanced navigation. The wireless charging inside your car will make charging on the go much easier. The price of this upgrade package is $770.
This is the most expensive upgrade package that is designed for those who want track-focused driving. This upgrade consists of Torsen limited-slip differentials (LSD) to the front and rear, 4-piston aluminum fixed-caliper (red) disc brakes, and rotors.
The two ventilated and slotted rotors in the front will be 14 x 1.1 inches whereas the two backside rotors will measure 11.7 x 0.7 inches. As for the paint job, the core version will come in Ice Cap and Black paint as standard. Painting the car in Supersonic Red will cost an additional $425.
GR Corolla Circuit Edition:
Both the Circuit and the Morizo edition are limited. Toyota plans on releasing only 1500 units of the circuit edition across the globe, and the model will stop producing new units after just 1 year. This model is specifically designed for car enthusiasts, and the pricing starts at $43,995.
This model won’t be available on the market until spring 2023. The model is equipped with all the features the core version has and more. However, this edition also doesn’t feature upgrade packages like the basic Corolla GR.
Some of the most hyped features of the circuit edition Corolla edition are a forged carbon fiber roof, Torsen front and rear limited-slip differentials (LSD), a vented bonnet, 8-speaker JBL sound system, satellite navigation, wireless phone charging, faux leather-trimmed sport seats, a leather-wrapped shift knob, vented bulge hood, and larger rear spoiler heated seats.
The user won’t be needing any upgrade packages with the circuit edition 2023 Corolla GR as most of the features are standard here. The default paint job will be Ice Cap.
Changing the color into either Supersonic Red or Heavy Metal will cost $425 extra. Both the core and the Circuit edition provide 25.3 psi of boost while driving.
GR Corolla Morizo Edition:
Now, let’s check out the most exclusive model in the 2023 Corolla GR lineup. Toyota plans to release only 200 units of this “limited edition” premium car in the next year and no other units will come after that. It’s going to be the most motorsport-friendly hot hatch available.
The pricing of the Morizo edition will start at $50,995, topping over the price of a base Supra Mk5 ($43,290). If you are very much interested in riding a racing car on the streets, this top-of-the-line supreme hot hatch can be a great companion for street adventures.
The horsepower of the Morizo edition is similar to the core version. However, the model delivers a peak torque of 295 lb-ft (399 Nm), allowing the driver to enjoy a sporty feel whenever they ride. It also increases the boost up to 26.2 psi and can access different gear ratios.
To enhance the sporty feel, this model shaves off around 100 lbs by removing the rear seats completely. The weight reduction package also removes the speaker, wiper blade, wiper motor, and window regulators from the rear side.
The performance and cold weather upgrade packages of the core version come as standard features with the Morizo edition. The car is also equipped with 245/40/R18 Michelin Pilot Sport Cup 2 tires. The color variations are Smoke (Matte finish — $1645) and Windchill Pearl ($425).
The interior enhances the driving experience through premium Alcantara coverings. This model will also be available in Australia, but probably the name of the model will change.
The primary competitors for the 2023 Toyota GR Corolla lineup are the Honda Civic Type R (Starting at $37,895), the Hyundai Elantra N (Starting at $32,150), and the Volkswagen Golf R (Starting at $44,090),
The Honda Civic Type R tops the Corolla GR with a little more horsepower (315 HP/ 234kW) with the same torque figure. The Volkswagen Golf R comes pretty close but is more expensive, giving the new 2023 Toyota GR Corolla Core a slight advantage.
We’ll see the lineup in action starting from November 2022. Auto enthusiasts think that this lineup is going to be a game-changer for all. The incredible power output from a tiny 3-cylinder engine can start a new auto revolution. Let’s hope this lineup meets all the expectations and paves the road for future auto innovations.
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