A February 2019 Toyota UK tweet mentioned the company’s plans to introduce high-performance variants of all models in the future. Since then, Gazoo Racing’s portfolio has blossomed to include a plethora of models, building on the extensive GR lineup available in Japan where everything from Prius to MPVs spawned a GR derivative.
It should be noted that Toyota established a three-tier GR range, with the GR Sport positioned all the way down mainly adopting visual enhancements combined with minimal hardware adjustments. Next comes the GR as true performance models such as the GR Yaris and the GR Supra, while at the top of the line will be the GRMN cars. As some of you will recall, the previous generation Yaris was offered in GRMN gear.
After the Fortuner SUV and Hilux pickup truck received the GR Sport treatment in August, the Corolla Cross is now undergoing the same changes in Taiwan where the model debuted this week. Being a GR Sport, everything is visible without any extra effort, but Toyota has tweaked the suspension and fine-tuned the steering to give the compact crossover a slightly sportier feel.
The Corolla Cross GR Sport can be fitted with a naturally aspirated 1.8-liter gasoline engine producing a powerful 138 horsepower (103 kilowatts) and 127 pound-feet (172 Newton-meters) of torque delivered to it. front axle by a continuously variable transmission.
There is also a hybrid version with a combined output of 122 horsepower and this also sends power to the front wheels via a CVT. Side note – the JDM Corolla Cross launched yesterday is available in a hybrid + AWD combo.
Toyota is expected to introduce the GR Sport version in other markets, and in the meantime the gasoline-only version can be purchased in Taiwan starting at the equivalent of around $ 31,600 at current exchange rates, while the hybrid starts at $ 34,100.