In an interview with motoring.com.au, Sean Hanley stated that while Toyota’s in-house Gazoo Racing division is still in its beginning stages from being launched Down Under, the likelihood of a hot Corolla, shown at the New York Auto Show earlier this month after debuting as the Auris in Europe a month ago in Geneva, could become a reality by 2020.
“We see in the future; it’s not impossible we could get a really nice Corolla or other type of car, and if that opportunity arose through our Gazoo Racing development we would put our hand up for it,” Hanley said.
“I’d like to see it as soon as possible, but in the next three years I wouldn’t rule out the possibility or probability of something coming under the Gazoo Racing brand. We’re excited about GR and the possibility it brings in terms of product offerings in the future”.
Speaking to the online platform, Toyota Australia Public Relations Head, Orlando Rodriguez, stated that, “As long as the development of that car is appropriate, any performance cars are going to be coming to Australia with a GR badge, not TRD”.
In US-spec Corolla form, the Auris will come powered by a 2.0-litre Dynamic Force normally aspirated petrol engine developing 126 kW and 205 Nm of torque, mated to a six-speed manual gearbox or a brand-new Dynamic Shift CVT with ten simulated ratios. A hybrid will become available at a later stage.
NOTE: US-spec Corolla pictured