The Toyota Corolla Altis has been given the GR Sport treatment, giving us a small taste of what the future holds when it comes to performance Corolla sedans.
What you see here is the Taiwanese-spec Toyota Corolla Altis GR Sport. Altis is the name given to the Corolla in some markets and this sporty version gives us a great idea of what a performance model will look like.
In terms of GR Sport badging, this is the visual and sporty drive upgrade, not to be confused with GR and GRMN which focus more on more potent engines. Visually, it looks the part with sporty touches everywhere. There's a nice grille, 17-inch alloy wheels, dark tinted tail lights, a rear diffuser and an upgraded cabin. Inside, there's 2-tone red/black leather seats, GR logos on the headrests, red stitching and gearshift paddles on the steering wheel.
The suspension upgrades include thicker front and rear anti-roll bars, which Toyota claims will improve stability and reduces body roll. In terms of engines, it has the current 1.8 naturally-aspirated petrol engine developing 103 kW and 172 Nm, as well as the hybrid 1.8 petrol engine. Power goes the front wheels via a Super CVT-i gearbox with seven virtual ratios.
We know Toyota is investing heavily into its GR family, with many of its portfolio already getting GR, GR Sport nomenclature. The new Yaris GR looks to be one of 2020's most exciting performance models, with its compact turbo engine and all-wheel drive. While a fully-fledged Corolla sedan with big power is some way away, this GR Sport-badged Corolla sedan whets our appetite as we eagerly await the return of high-performance Toyotas.