Toyota has announced that the GR Corolla Circuit Edition will be making a comeback for the 2024 model year. The company has provided a glimpse into the changes that will be implemented when this hot hatchback arrives in U.S. showrooms later this year.
Introduced for the 2023 model year, the GR Corolla was initially limited to a production run of 1,500 units in the United States. Due to high demand, Toyota has decided to extend the availability of the Circuit Edition, which sits between the base GR Corolla Core grade and the more intense Morizo Edition (named after the outgoing CEO, Akio Toyoda), within the 2023 GR Corolla lineup. There is no confirmation yet on whether the limited-edition Morizo grade will return.
An overview of the Toyota Corolla reveals that Toyota has now revealed further details regarding the changes made to the 2024 GR Corolla Circuit Edition. The alterations are relatively minor, including the introduction of a new Blue Flame exterior color option. Additionally, Toyota has made the forged aluminum 18-inch BBS wheels, similar to those found on the 2023 Morizo Edition, a standard feature.
Inside the vehicle, the blue theme continues with blue accents on the suede and synthetic leather seats, a blue-trimmed shift knob, and blue accent stitching. The inclusion of an eight-speaker JBL audio system comes as a standard offering.
Engineers have also made slight adjustments to the shape of the front air duct and added aluminum sheets to both the front and rear bumpers to enhance aerodynamic performance. Changes have been made to materials utilized in the steering gear, rear suspension, and battery ground.
No modifications have been made to the powertrain. The G16E-GTS 1.6-liter turbo-3 engine still generates 300 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque, coupled with a 6-speed manual transmission and all-wheel drive.
Toyota has yet to confirm whether the production of the GR Corolla will remain limited for the 2024 model year. However, the automaker has indicated plans to increase production and is considering extending the availability of the Circuit Edition into the 2025 model year, should demand remain strong. The continued availability of the GR Corolla, which was recognized as an AutoMotorMart Best Car To Buy 2023 finalist due to its thrilling nature, is undoubtedly a positive development.
The 2024 Toyota GR Corolla Circuit Edition is expected to arrive in U.S. showrooms during the winter season. Pricing details will be disclosed at a later date.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about hot hatchback
What are the updates in the 2024 Toyota GR Corolla Circuit Edition?
The 2024 Toyota GR Corolla Circuit Edition features minor updates, including a new Blue Flame exterior color, forged aluminum 18-inch BBS wheels, enhanced aerodynamics, blue accents in the interior, and an eight-speaker JBL audio system.
Will the GR Corolla Circuit Edition have the same powertrain as the previous model?
Yes, the powertrain remains unchanged. The 2024 GR Corolla Circuit Edition will continue to be equipped with the G16E-GTS 1.6-liter turbo-3 engine, producing 300 horsepower and 273 lb-ft of torque, paired with a 6-speed manual transmission and all-wheel drive.
Will there be a limited production for the GR Corolla Circuit Edition in 2024?
Toyota has not confirmed whether the production will be limited for the 2024 model year. However, they have expressed plans to increase production and are considering extending the availability of the Circuit Edition into the 2025 model year if demand remains strong.
When will the 2024 Toyota GR Corolla Circuit Edition be available in U.S. showrooms?
The 2024 Toyota GR Corolla Circuit Edition is scheduled to arrive in U.S. showrooms during the winter season. Pricing details will be disclosed at a later date.