Toyota GR Corolla Adds New Premium Grade for ‘24October 2, 2023
The Toyota GR Corolla is, by all accounts, one spicy hot hatch. When it arrived on the scene last year, buyers had the choice between three grades: Core, Circuit and the limited MORIZO Edition. Although originally slated for a first year-only run, the Circuit Edition returned for ‘24 due to popular demand; though, the MORIZO Edition did in fact exit the lineup.
Instead of leaving buyers with just two options, Toyota has reinvigorated the GR Corolla trio by adding a new Premium grade, slotting between the Core and Circuit Edition.
The Premium grade kicks things up a notch by adding features from the Core model’s optional Performance Package while also adding a few interior upgrades. It elevates the entry-level experience without going all-out with the Circuit Edition upgrades– for example, those who want the forged carbon-fiber roof and bulged, vented hood will still need to go top-tier. The Premium grade is for those who don’t necessarily want these functional cosmetic items, but still want the benefits of front and rear Torsen limited-slip differentials and the appeal of red “GR” brake calipers, aided by standard brake cooling ducts.
Inside, this middle child comes with Brin Naub suede-trimmed seats, heated upfront along with the steering wheel. A wireless device charger is also included, as is a JBL sound system, still controlled through the 8-inch infotainment touchscreen. Anyone having their GR Corolla custom ordered will have their choice between “Heavy Metal,” “Ice Cap,” “Supersonic Red,” or the aptly named “Black” paint jobs.
The “Blue Flame” lacquer is exclusive to the Circuit Edition. These top-trim models also come standard with black forged aluminum BBS wheels, 18-inches in diameter. Aside from that, this trim, along with the Core grade, remain essentially unchanged from last year. That means all those performance add-ons are standard in the Circuit, plus the aforementioned cosmetics. No complaints from us.
Buyers will also have a broadened selection of official GAZOO Racing performance parts. Available later this year, Toyota will start offering lowered springs on performance shocks. Those sticking with the Core and Premium grades will be able to have the Circuit’s rear wing bolted on for extra style points. And all GR Corollas will benefit from chassis updates and tweaks made to the front aeroduct.
The Toyota GR Corolla already impressed us with its incredibly fun hot hatch experience, so giving buyers more ways to enjoy it is certainly a way to further appease enthusiasts. The Premium grade starts at $41,015 with delivery, poised perfectly between the Core’s $37,195 and the Circuit’s $45,835 entry fees.