An all-wheel-drive setup would use a combustion engine to turn the front axle and electric motor at the rear.
Clearly, Ueda isn't ready to commit to anything yet, but he also tells Drive that this potential Corolla hot hatch would likely be all-wheel drive by using a combustion engine to power the front axle and electric motors to motivate the rear. The RAV4 Hybrid uses a similar layout.
The Corolla Hatchback goes on sale in the United States this summer with a base price of $19,900 with a six-speed manual or $21,090 with a CVT. Power comes from a 2.0-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder with 168 horsepower (125 kilowatts) and 151 pound-feet (205 Newton-meters) of torque.
The Corolla sedan hasn't yet switched to Toyota's new TGNA platform like the hatchback. However, the next-gen model will arrive in 2019 and will make the switch. The four-door's styling will share cues with the hatch, too. Toyota will build them at its existing factory in Mississippi and at the new joint-venture plant with Mazda in Alabama.
If a Corolla hot hatch really arrives, it would be a further sign that Toyota is reviving its performance aspirations of years past. For example, the new Supra is imminent, and the 86 has a green light for a second generation. At the very top of the range, the company is also preparing a production version of the Toyota GR Super Sport Concept that would have 986 hp (735 kW).