2023 Toyota GR Corolla makes first ASEAN debut in Thailand – 1.6L turbo with 300 PS; 6MT; from RM500k

2023 Toyota GR Corolla makes first ASEAN debut in Thailand – 1.6L turbo with 300 PS; 6MT; from RM500k

Several months after its global reveal in April this year, the Toyota GR Corolla has now made its first ASEAN debut in Thailand. Officially announced during the ongoing 39th Thailand International Motor Expo, the hot hatch is priced at 3.949 million baht (RM500,352) and will be offered in extremely limited numbers – Headlightmag reports just nine units will be brought in initially.

The arrival of the GR Corolla in Thailand coincides with the 60th anniversary of Toyota Motor Thailand, which also saw the reveal of several special edition models previously. Compared to the GR Yaris that was priced at 2.69 million baht (RM341,021) when it was announced back in December 2020, the GR Corolla commands a sizeable premium – 46.8% more by our calculations.

As such, it shouldn’t be too far-fetched to assume interested Malaysian customers will be paying a lot more for the GR Corolla if it ever goes on sale here. When it was available in Malaysia, the GR Yaris went for RM299,000 on-the-road without insurance (RM286,896 during the sales tax exemption period), so an extrapolated figure based on Thailand’s pricing would place the GR Corolla in the region of RM439k.

In terms of specifications, the GR Corolla is powered by the same G16E-GTS 1.6 litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine found in the GR Yaris, albeit tuned to deliver 300 PS and 370 Nm of torque. The mill is paired with a six-speed manual transmission (with auto rev-matching) and GR-Four all-wheel drive system (with Normal, Sport and Track modes), enabling a 0-100 km/h time of 5.5 seconds.

The standard kit list includes automatic LED headlamps, 18-inch alloys wheels, combination Brin Naub genuine and synthetic leather upholstery, keyless entry and start, a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, a wireless charger, seven airbags, various passive safety systems and Toyota Safety Sense 3.0 suite (autonomous emergency braking, lane departure warning, auto high beam and adaptive cruise control).

The Thailand-spec GR Corolla also gets a vented bonnet and forged carbon-fibre roof, which are standard on the Circuit Edition of the GR Corolla sold in the United States. Colour options are limited to just Ice Cap White and Precious Black, while interior themes are either Black Smoke or Ignition Red – the latter costs an extra 10,000 baht (RM1,268).

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  • whopper on Nov 30, 2022 at 4:49 pm

    Yo Half mil for a X segment hot hatch, might as well top up to get M4

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    • Li Peng on Dec 01, 2022 at 2:30 pm

      It’s a racing car and cannot be compared with a stock M4. You would have to compare it with a M4 GT4.

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      • Alvin on Dec 01, 2022 at 3:48 pm

        The expensive GR Corolla, It cannot fly.

        Meanwhile, a TNGA GR-four Yaris has been chasing Porsche GT3 Cup, Audi TT RS at the Nurburgring.
        TNGA GR-four Corolla shall do better.

        As a race track ready cars, it is a champ at the price range.

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  • FudgeMeSideways on Nov 30, 2022 at 5:07 pm

    Topup sikit dapa S580.

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  • cheapest advertisement

    make some super good at crazy price.

    and continue to sell underpowered boring car at high price that people can afford.

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  • might as well get a r35

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  • Overpriced econobox on Nov 30, 2022 at 8:25 pm

    Lmao good luck selling these in Malaysia. You can get better performing cars with that kind of price tag.

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  • Wow… sorry Toyota. I really like your GR Corolla but at more than half a million, I think I’ll go with a Cayman instead. It might not have as much horses or 4WD or MT but it’s still a Porsche.

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  • RyanT on Dec 01, 2022 at 2:21 pm

    1.6T 3-cylinders 1/2M? u think u can fly?

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  • ROTI CANAI on Dec 02, 2022 at 10:54 am

    500k oh wai.

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