Report: Toyota to Upgrade 2025 GR Corolla Line with Automatic Gearbox Option and More Torque

Chris Teague
by Chris Teague

One of my favorite things about my GR Corolla and the factor that makes the car so engaging to drive is its six-speed manual transmission. That said, I understand that automatics are often quicker and have better fuel economy and that there are plenty of people who can’t or don’t want to drive a manual for one reason or another. Toyota knows that, too, moving to offer an eight-speed automatic in the related GR Yaris, which now appears to be making its way to the States in the 2025 GR Corolla.

The Drive reported on the development, which broke on the GR Corolla Forum. Users shared an internal equipment overview for 2025 Canadian models, and the first option listed for the new GR Corolla is an eight-speed automatic gearbox. Toyota also apparently plans to bump the car’s torque for the new year, taking it from 272 pound-feet to 295. Premium models will get a new sub-radiator to help improve cooling performance under hard driving conditions.

Laugh about automatic transmissions all you want, but this is a smart move from Toyota that may also be a great thing for buyers, depending on how hardcore the dealers want to get with markups. While Honda and Acura don’t offer an automatic in the Civic Type R or Integra, Hyundai Elantra N buyers can opt for a dual-clutch automatic, increasing that car’s appeal. The GR Corolla is a rare car, but the additional transmission choice could increase availability and push more people to buy the car. With the world moving toward electrification, we need all the rowdy hot hatches we can get.

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Chris Teague
Chris Teague

Chris grew up in, under, and around cars, but took the long way around to becoming an automotive writer. After a career in technology consulting and a trip through business school, Chris began writing about the automotive industry as a way to reconnect with his passion and get behind the wheel of a new car every week. He focuses on taking complex industry stories and making them digestible by any reader. Just don’t expect him to stay away from high-mileage Porsches.

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  • IBx1 IBx1 on Jul 09, 2024
  • Theflyersfan Theflyersfan on Jul 10, 2024
    Hit pause on the automatic option and instead put the money towards a better interior. I'm sure the GR Corolla is a flat out riot to drive, but the base Corolla interior is not good enough for the price tag on the GR. Honda and VW at least have somewhat more premium interiors for the same money. And also, once this auto GR is released, what are the markups going to be? $10,000?
  • Wolfwagen I always liked TVR's. the Tasmin always reminded me of an updated TR7. However, IIRC some of them like Cerbera had an issue with chassis that could rot. Wheeler Dealers did an episode where they did a chassis replacement
  • Jmo2 You said cellphones but the main issue is smart phones. At least try and be honest.
  • Lou_BC Question of the day: Anyone actually care to own an old TVR?
  • Bd2 First, this was totally predictable. 2nd, Genesis already does have hybrids in the form of a 48V mild hybrid, but more performance oriented (supercharged and turbocharged), so not really helping with regard to fuel consumption. 3rd, Hyundai's hybrid systems don't really help as there currently isn't one that would be suitable power-wise and the upcoming 2.5T hybrid system would have to be heavily reworked to accommodate a RWD/longitudinal layout. 4th, it seems that Genesis is opting to go the EREV route with the GV70 the first get the new powertrain.
  • Bd2 Jaguar's problem was chasing the Germans into the mid size and then entry-level/compact segments for volume, and cheapening their interiors while at it.