This morning, the Toyota GR-Four teaser video was released by the brand to drum up hype for a grand reveal later this week. The press release titled “The Wait Is Over” suggests that Toyota is about to give fans what they’ve been asking for: a GR hatchback for the American market.
A few years ago, Toyota released the GR Yaris, a turbocharged, all-wheel-drive, three-cylinder hot hatch that took gearheads by storm. The rally-inspired mini monster was all over social media earning copious likes and hearts.
Unfortunately, the GR Yaris is only sold in the Asian and European markets. Fans on this side of the pond have been begging Toyota to bring the car to America, but it seemed that those requests were falling on deaf ears. Or were they?
The GR-Four vehicle that Toyota teased today seems like it could be a spiritual successor of the GR Yaris fans wanted so badly. However, it may not be exactly what was asked for.
The Yaris is no longer part of Toyota’s vehicle lineup in America, so it is unlikely that the brand would bring it back just for a limited-run sports variant. The more likely scenario is that the GR-Four will be based on the current Corolla hatchback.
Thus far, Toyota hasn’t released further details about the GR-Four apart from a few teaser images and a teaser video. Despite that, we think it is a safe bet to say the GR Four will likely be turbocharged, sport wide fenders, and have an AWD drivetrain.
The last time Toyota used “Four” badging was the Celica GT-Four from the ’80s and ’90s. It isn’t unreasonable to speculate that the GR-Four is a homage to that model.
We’ll all find out for sure this week, as the Toyota GR-Four will make its debut via live stream on Thursday, March 31st at 9:30 p.m. EDT.
Stay tuned as we will follow along live with the debut. In the meantime, let us know your thoughts, theories, and opinions on the Toyota GR-Four in the comments below or on Twitter at @MotorworldHype.