With renewed verve under current Toyota President and self confessed car enthusiast, Akio Toyoda, the company could launch a hot-hatch version of the latest Toyota Auris (Corolla in the Australian market).
According to Toyota Product Planning Chief, Karl Schlicht, to spoke to Autocar magazine in the UK, a high-performance Auris is possible if the garden variety model proves to be successful. He said a sporty Auris is “not a number one priority” at this stage but there is “room to experiment”.
“The key thing for us is to run a good business first and then start having fun later.”
It is too early to speculate what the car will look like, but it would likely have a sportier styling with an aggressive body kit that takes inspiration from the Modellista variant.
Likewise, no details have been officially confirmed with regards to the potential hot-hatch’s powerplant. In the UK, the most powerful Auris is a hybrid model that puts out a combined output of 100kW (134hp) and 142Nm (105 lb-ft) of torque. It accelerates from 0 – 100km/h in 10.9 seconds and has a top speed of 180km/h (112mph).