Get excited, the Toyota GR Corolla is arriving soon

Toyota New Zealand have just released pricing and specifications for the highly-anticipated GR Corolla, where high-octane excitement meets the iconic hatch. To say we’re excited is an understatement.

The GR Corolla ballot will reopen in April. The first GR Corolla ballot has now closed, and our Toyota stores will be in touch with successful potential buyers. The next ballot will reopen later on in the year, and we’ll be sure to let you know when you can throw your hat in the ring. If you want the chance to purchase your own GR Corolla you need to enter each ballot individually. Register your interest to be informed of the next ballot.

Press release

  • New Zealand pricing and specifications released
  • The first 150 units will be available in 2023
  • These units will be sold though a series of ballots, starting in February
  • Priced from $74,990 (Toyota Driveaway Price)
  • 1.6-litre three-cylinder turbocharged engine
  • 224 kW power, 370 Nm of torque
  • Register your interest >

Born from a passion of motorsports and infused with the DNA of TOYOTA GAZOO Racing, the exclusively manual-transmission, rally, and racetrack-developed GR Corolla hot hatch is ready for whatever road conditions it encounters.

Track-tested and turbocharged with 221kW and GR-FOUR All-Wheel-Drive (AWD), the newest addition to the GR family won’t need a rain check. The GR Corolla which is expected to arrive in New Zealand in early 2023 with a Toyota driveaway price sticker of $74,990 on the windscreen will be sold through a series of ballots for the first 150 cars.

The GR Corolla sprang to life based on the strong desire of Toyota President Akio Toyoda to “bring back a Corolla that captivates our customers.”

Toyota New Zealand General Manager Steve Prangnell says the GR Corolla captures the spirit and legacy of Corolla’s racing heritage.

Prototypes were put through their paces not only on racing circuits but also on highly demanding dirt and snow-covered roads. Driving was done beyond the breaking point for comprehensive honing by drivers, who each have unique perspectives, including Morizo a.k.a Akio Toyoda, racing driver Hiroaki Ishiura, All Japan Rally Championship winner Norihiko Katsuta, and in-house evaluators.

“While undoubtedly the Corolla is mainly known by Kiwi drivers as the supremely reliable and dependable hatch, sedan, and compact wagon, the Corolla has a heritage of competing and winning in both track and rally events. By letting the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing engineers loose on the GR Corolla, we have produced that rare combination of a high-performance car that can be driven with confidence and enjoyment in a variety of situations and a daily driver with five seats, five doors and the complete Toyota Safety Sense package.”

GR Corolla back track driving

Exhilarating performance

GR Corolla sports a 221kW /370Nm 1.6L turbocharged engine with 21kW more power than the same engine in the GR Yaris, paired with a 6-speed Intelligent Manual Transmission. Showcasing its capabilities to put power to the ground, its GR-FOUR AWD system automatically distributes power from 50/50 split, up to 30/70 front and rear, for ultimate traction come rain or shine. And by enhancing your drive with Normal, Sport and Track Modes, this hot hatch is more than ready to rally.

While adopting the basic body framework of the Toyota Corolla to enable it to inherit the high-speed stability of a long wheelbase, the GR Corolla employs wider track up front and, in the rear, to command a high level of cornering performance.

Steve says it’s exciting to see the TOYOTA GAZOO Racing brand filtering into our product as Toyota has rolled out six vehicles with GR treatment over the last few years.

“The addition of the GR Corolla shows how we can continue to offer a wide range of vehicles for all customer needs as we move Toyota’s overall model portfolio towards electrification,” he says.

For whatever road you take, GR Corolla’s circuit-tuned suspension and Yokohama Advan Apex ® tires won’t let harsh road conditions rain on your parade. GR Corolla features a front and rear Torsen® limited-slip differential for a better grip while upgraded performance brakes help dig into corners.

Safety is also not compromised, and the GR Corolla will have the latest iteration of the Toyota Safety Sense package with a Pre-Collision System, Lane Tracing Assist, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and Automatic High Beam.

GR styling

Fitted with an aggressive front grille, flared fenders to accommodate a wide track, rear diffuser, and functional vents for enhancing aerodynamics and cooling—there’s no need for the GR Corolla to fight for attention.

Inside, a GR leather-trimmed steering wheel and unique gauge cluster remind the driver of the racing brand. The New Zealand GR Corolla pours on the details even further with a carbon-fibre roof, vented hood, matte-black 18-in. wheels and Brin-Naub® and synthetic leather-trimmed seats.

GR Corolla availability

The Toyota Drive-away pricing includes all on road costs: WOF, registration, a full tank of fuel, the Toyota Care Service Advantage fixed price servicing package, floor mats, and a three year or 100,000 km warranty. The 2023 Toyota GR Corolla will be priced at $74,990 driveaway.

Knowing that demand for the GR Corolla will outstrip supply, Toyota New Zealand has decided to create a fair allocation by holding a ballot for the first 150 cars. Three ballots will be held in 2023 with 50 cars available in each ballot. The first ballot will start in early February. More details will come closer to the time.

Register your interest

For the latest GR news, register your interest on the Toyota New Zealand website here.

Toyota Driveaway Price: WOF coverage and additional year of Roadside Assistance only validated if Scheduled Servicing is met through an Authorised Toyota Dealer or Service Agent. Warranty extension is for up to 5 years or 150,000km, whichever occurs first, under normal operating conditions. Capped price service coverage applies to servicing carried out at 15,000km, 30,000km, 45,000km and 60,000km only or time intervals of 12 months, 24 months, 36 months and 48 months only, whichever occurs first, under normal operating conditions. Prices and specifications subject to change at any time.

Toyota Driveaway Price excludes the NZ Government Clean Car Programme (CCP) rebate or fee. The CCP is a Government-mandated rebate or fee that applies to certain vehicle models, and is subject to change at any time. The final rebate or fee will be reviewed at the time of vehicle delivery, and the rate at that time will apply to the purchase. The Customer is responsible for claiming the rebate directly from Waka Kotahi.

Prices are subject to change without notice. Overseas model shown for illustrative purposes only. Local specifications may vary.

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