2022 Toyota GRMN Yaris unveiled, limited-edition hot hatch not coming to Australia


The highly-anticipated 2022 Toyota GRMN Yaris hot hatch has been unveiled at the Tokyo Auto Salon. Toyota says it has no plans to bring the limited edition model to Australia, but fans are not giving up hope. 


Toyota has formally taken the covers off the highly-anticipated 2022 Toyota GRMN Yaris – a lightweight, track-focused version of its hero hot hatch – at the 2022 Tokyo Auto Salon today. 

But there is sad news for Australian fans of the car. Toyota Australia says it has no plans to import the limited-edition vehicle, of which just 500 are expected to be built for the Japanese domestic market.

A spokesperson for Toyota Australia said: “[We are] aware of local consumers’ strong appetite for high performance vehicles and particularly hatches and will continue to bring as many exciting new products to our market as possible. In this instance, the GRMN Yaris is currently only available as a Japanese domestic market offering for a limited volume of 500 vehicles.”

In addition to its lightweight components and track-focused chassis tune, the turbocharged 1.6-litre three-cylinder engine has had a slight torque bump from 370Nm to 390Nm. However, peak power remains 200kW.

As with regular Toyota GR Yaris models, the GRMN edition retains a six-speed manual transmission (although the gear ratios have been changed to deliver brisker acceleration in each gear), all-wheel drive, and four-piston calipers for the front brake discs.

The rear seats have been removed to save weight and incorporate a partial roll cage, while racing-style Recaro sports seats come standard in the front.

Two variants will be offered. A dirt-focused “Rally package” (first in the gallery below) and a track-focused “Circuit package” (second in the gallery below).

The rally version features an under-body guard package, updated shock absorbers and smaller wheels (intended to be replaced with rally wheels and tyres), while the circuit edition forgoes the standard roll cage, but picks up 18-inch wheels, larger brakes, a front spoiler, and large carbon-fibre wing at the rear.

One of the barriers to bringing the Toyota GRMN Yaris to Australia is believed to be price – and the cost to resubmit the vehicle for local homologation testing.

The standard Toyota GR Yaris is priced $49,500 plus on-road costs in Australia, while the Rallye edition (which gains limited-slip differentials, Michelin tyres, and lightweight wheels) is priced from $54,500 plus on-road costs.

In Japan, the Toyota GRMN Yaris is slated to cost between ¥7,317,000 and ¥8,467,000 – the equivalent of $AU88,000 to $AU101,000.

The 2022 Toyota GRMN Yaris was displayed alongside a competition rally version at the Tokyo Auto Salon, a motor show for enthusiast cars which opened today.

Yesterday, a passerby caught the Toyota GRMN Yaris undisguised on the Tokyo Auto Salon stand while it was being set up for the show.

However, prototype versions of the Toyota GRMN Yaris have been caught on camera for more than year.

Multiple test sessions have been snapped at Germany’s Nurburgring circuit (see gallery below).

You can rewatch the YouTube video of the 2022 Toyota GRMN Yaris unveiling at the Tokyo Auto Salon by clicking this link.

Meantime, let us know in the comments section below if you believe the cost of the Toyota GRMN Yaris would be too expensive for Australia, and if you think Toyota Australia should import the car.

Joshua Dowling has been a motoring journalist for more than 20 years, spending most of that time working for The Sydney Morning Herald (as motoring editor and one of the early members of the Drive team) and News Corp Australia. He joined CarAdvice / Drive in late 2018, and has been a World Car of the Year judge for 10 years.

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