Toyota USA is adamant that the bonkers GR Yaris won’t be coming to the US. However, even if the car doesn’t, the WRC homologation special’s engine could, according to Toyota’s Bob Carter, executive vice president of sales, in the form of a new hot hatch.
The report comes from Car & Driver, which simply states that Carter says “Toyota has ‘an answer’ for the GR Yaris for the North American market.” Car & Driver believes that means the GR Yaris’s 268-horsepower, 273 lb-ft engine, the most powerful 3-cylinder in the world, is US-bound (hopefully with the 6-speed manual as well).
A Toyota representative has told us that the GR Yaris is not possible for the US market because of federalization compliance. Besides, the regular Yaris it’s based on isn’t even sold here. What is called a Yaris in the US is actually a DJ-chassis Mazda Demio (in fact, it’s the only way to get a Demio hatchback in the continental US (Puerto Rico sells the original Mazda-badged ones)).
Using our Sherlock Holmes-like powers of deduction, it would seem that the Corolla Hatch would be the ideal candidate for this setup. Sure, it’ll weigh a bit more than the Yaris, but it’ll have more utility as well. Either that, or Toyota could just go all-in on crossovers and make a GR C-HR.