Hot off the press from the launch last month, Toyota has now teased a performance version of the new Toyota Yaris, to be unveiled next week!
In the announcement tweet, Toyota Gazoo Racing has revealed that the Yaris GR-4 prototype will be unveiled at Rally Australia on 17th of November. Considering the curious location, could this be the “homologation special” edition of the next Yaris-based World Rally Championship (WRC) car?
From the single teaser image, we can clearly see the widened track at the rear, a slightly more aggressive rear spoiler, as well as a lower roofline compared to the standard Toyota Yaris. The GR-4 moniker on the hot hatch also hints that the car will be offered in a four-wheel-drive configuration.
Toyota engineers probably did not have to work too hard to integrate the new drivetrain into the compact hatchback, as the standard Toyota Yaris already offers four-wheel-drive variants thanks to the TNGA-B platform with multi-link rear suspension.
According to Evo UK, the current WRC regulations require manufacturers to build 25,000 units of road-going cars that are similar in certain mechanical and design aspects for homologation purposes.
If the Yaris prototype is indeed a homologation special, this means that we can potentially see 25,000 (or more) units of the Toyota Yaris GR-4, instead of the mere 1,000 that were produced for the Yaris GRMN!
Other information such as the powertrain and performance figures are frustratingly left out, but fortunately we don’t have to wait too long to find out.