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A more rugged version, and the latest addition to Toyota’s Corolla and GR-S line-ups, the new Corolla GR Sport.
Based on the regular 1.8G model, the suited-up C-segment sedan joins the likes of the Hilux GR Sport and the Corolla Cross GR Sport.
Fully-imported (CBU), it tags at MYR 152,800 (OTR, w/o insurance), and comes with a five-year, unlimited mileage warranty.
Three exterior colours. Platinum White Pearl MC, Red Mica Metallic, and Attitude Black.
Weighing in at 1,365 KG, the new Corolla GR-S stands at 4,635 MM long, 1,780 MM wide, 1,435 MM tall, and with a wheelbase spanning 2,700 MM.
Sportily suited-up, it exudes a more aggressive exterior demeanour compared to its regular counterpart.
The front-end sees Toyota’s GR Sport radiator grille (upper, lower) and GR Sport bumper, featuring a sharper and wider design with black trims all around.
Toned and athletic, it boasts a simplistic layout with smooth contours that aids to its overall appeal.
The rear-end gets Toyota’s GR Sport rear bumper, featuring a slightly muscular rear-quarter panel and a simple black diffuser.
The headlamps are sharply-shaped and have a focused design. Fitted are Bi-LED units with auto On/Off and high-beam (Automatic High Beam (AHB)), LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL), LED turn signals, and a Follow-Me-Home function.
Sharply smooth and wrapped-around, the tail lamps compensate for the minimalistic style well. Installed are full LED units with LED turn signals.
The black-capped side mirrors are power-adjustable with auto fold, signal lamps and blind-spot indicators (Blind Spot Monitor (BSM)).
Fitted are ventilated (front) and solid (rear) disc brakes, aided by an Electric Parking Brake (EPB) with Brake Auto Hold system.
Gripping the asphalt is a set of 18-Inch GR Sport multi-spoke all-black machined finish alloy rims, rubbered-up in 225/40 R18 Dunlop SP Sport Maxx 050 tyres.
The new Corolla GR-S has a clean and sharply-sculpted dashboard, draped in all-black leather, accentuated by gloss black and silver details.
All the elements are placed logically and driver centric, for a better driving experience. Overall, the craftsmanship is premium quality.
Installed setup is a 12.3-Inch Colour TFT Multi-Information Display (MID) digital instrument cluster. It comes with four themes (Casual, Smart, Tough, Sporty) and three layouts.
The interior sees a black leather with red contrast stitching upholstery, featuring the GR logo embossed on the headrests (front seats).
Mounted up front is a power adjustable driver seat (eight-way, lumbar support) and a manual adjustable passenger seat. The rear seats get a 60:40 split-fold function.
Cabin space is ample for front and rear occupants, as it offers plenty of head, shoulder and leg rooms. Sufficient internal mobility for an average-sized sedan.
Numerous storage areas. E.g., side door and back seat pockets, partitioned spaces and a caverned storage in the centre console and a decent-sized glove box.
Fitted is a three-spoke steering wheel, wrapped in all-black leather, accompanied by silver trimmings.
It gets multi-switches (Audio, MID, Telephone, Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Lane Tracing Assist (LTA)), column adjustments (tilt, telescopic), paddle shifters, and an Electric Power Steering (EPS) system.
There are four cup holders. Two at the front centre console and another two at the rear seating’s centre armrest.
Multiple power outlets are equipped, consisting of USB ports, 12-V sockets, and a wireless charging pad (integrated phone clip).
Accessing its powered-tailgate (remote-operated) opens up to 470-Litres of boot space.
The new Corolla GR-S features the Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) suite of Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS).
Grouped are Pre-Collision System (PCS), Lane Departure Alert (LDA) with Steering Assist, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) for All Speeds, Lane Tracing Assist (LTA) for All Speeds, and Automatic High Beam (AHB).
Others comprise of Blind Spot Monitor (BSM), Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), Vehicle Stability Control (VSC), Traction Control (TRC), Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD), Brake Assist (BA), Hill-start Assist Control (HAC), 3D Panoramic View Monitor (PVM) and Emergency Brake Signal (ESS).
Passive safety includes seven airbags (front, front side, curtain, driver knee), seat belts (reminder, pretensioner, anchor), ISOFIX (rear seats), Electric Parking Brake (EPB) with Brake Auto Hold, parking sensors (two-front, four-rear), parking camera (reverse), Tyre Pressure Warning System (TPWS), Vehicle Telematics System (VTS), alarm system with speed auto door lock and immobiliser, Digital Video Recorder (DVR) (front-rear), and Toyota Premium Security and Solar Film.
Two selectable drive modes. Eco and Sport.
The Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) suite of ADAS, along with the accompanying systems will make driving in the city or long distances a hassle-free endeavour.
Installed is a 9-Inch capacitive touchscreen infotainment system that supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, Miracast, live navigation, USB and Bluetooth.
Entertainment is piped through a six-speaker setup.
Powering the new Corolla GR-S is a 1.8-Litre four-cylinder, in-line, 16-valve DOHC with Dual VVT-i, 2ZR-FE petrol engine, producing 137 HP/103-KW at 6,400 RPM and 172 NM of torque at 4,000 RPM.
Mated to the mill is a seven-speed CVT with Sequential Shiftmatic (paddle shifters).
All power is sent to the front wheels, Front Wheel Drive (FWD)
Fuel tank capacity is at 50-Litres.
The new Corolla GR-S comes with Smart Entry and Start system (engine push-start button - GR-branded), illumination entry system, automatic headlamps with Follow-Me-Home function, steering wheel (multi-switches, column adjustments, paddle shifters, EPS), power adjustable driver seat (eight-way, lumbar support), electrochromic interior rear-view mirror, wireless charger (integrated phone clip), 360-degree camera, parking sensors (front, rear), power tailgate (remote-operated), dual-zone automatic climate control (rear-vents included), acoustic windshield glass, automatic wipers (rain sensor) and portable tyre pump.
There are rear air vents located at the rear section of the centre console.
Underpinned is the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform, featuring a setup of GR-tuned MacPherson strut with stabiliser (front) and GR-tuned double wishbone with stabiliser (rear).
Overall, it is firm and safe. The ride quality is solid, agile and responsive, with the seats well-bolstered and supportive, offering a sporty driving dynamic.
Good sound insulation, covering all the NVH (noise, vibration, harshness) aspects adequately. Minimal wind, road, engine and tyre noises. Featured is an acoustic windshield glass.
The 2023 Toyota Corolla GR Sport offers a thrilling new side to the Corolla line-up, with its new GR Sport inspired design and new performance dynamic.
Its exterior is striking with harmoniously sharp proportions and powerful contours, while its interior is premium built with quality materials and refined detailing.
Then, new GR-tuned performance upgrades along with a comprehensive suite of ADAS, ups its credibility even more.
Overall, the new Corolla GR Sport is satisfactory, especially with all the bells and whistles it comes with at the price offered.