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Toyota teases its newest GR model, to be launched on March 31

Could this be the GR Corolla?

We hope these fender vents are opened up this time. PHOTO FROM TOYOTA

Toyota’s Gazoo Racing division has shown off that the brand is really taking performance seriously, and that it is more than just building reliable but boring cars. We’ve seen it come to fruition with the three cars within the GR stable (not counting the GR Sport models): the GR Supra, the GR Yaris, and the GR86.

Now, the brand is preparing to launch a fourth model, which clearly points to the rumored GR Corolla.

You love to see high-performance all-wheel-drive cars make a return. PHOTO FROM TOYOTA

The brand has released some close-up photos of the vehicle’s fender vent (which we hope is real), GR-branded brake caliper, and “GR-Four” badge, which means it will have the same all-wheel-drive system found in the GR Yaris.

The last feature is important, because not all countries around the world were lucky enough to receive the GR Yaris (notably, the US). Instead, they will be receiving this hot hatch, and expect it to share some underpinnings with its smaller rally-bred cousin.

Toyota has been dropping hints about its next GR car in its previous commercials, SCREENSHOT FROM TOYOTA

Eagle-eyed fans who watched Toyota’s “The Focus Group” commercial will know that, while this ad focused on the GR86, it also included two teasers for the upcoming vehicle (in camouflaged form).

Either way, you’ll want to mark your calendars for March 31 at 9:30pm (Eastern Daylight Time). That’s April 1 at 9:30am for us Filipinos here. We just wish Toyota will bring this new GR vehicle to our shores.

Sam Surla

Sam is the youngest member of our editorial team. And he is our managing editor (believe it or not). He specializes in photography and videography, but he also happens to like writing about cars a lot.