New Toyota MR2 could be launched in 2026 with Corolla GR Power

The new version of the MR2 could unleash 300 horsepower from GR’s 1.6-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine, while tipping the scales at around 2,900 lbs.


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    New Toyota MR2 could be launched in 2026 with Corolla GR Power

Speculations about a next-generation Toyota MR2 have been circulating the internet for ages, and now another new report has surfaced from Japan claiming that the sports car could arrive as early as late 2025 before it hits the market. next year with a 1.6-liter three-cylinder turbo engine.

If you haven’t been keeping track, we’ve heard rumors over the years that Toyota is exploring different directions for the next-generation MR2. These range from a purely electric model to the aforementioned Corolla GR-powered ICE version, and even the option to offer both alternatives, possibly in addition to a hybrid variant. That’s a lot to take in.

And to complicate matters further, Toyota late last year presented an electric car concept called the FT-Se that resembled a future MR2 in almost every way except the name. However, Japan’s Best Car has reported that Toyota is actually considering two different sports cars: a pure electric model based on the FT-Se for 2027, and an MR2 with a combustion engine that will go on sale in 2026.

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If you are confused, there is an explanation. The automotive industry is currently facing a sea of ​​constant change, from changing government regulations to changing customer preferences. One day it seems like everyone is going all in on electric cars, and the next day there’s a resurgence in promoting hybrids, and so on. It is a dynamic landscape to say the least. But hey, we like options, especially in sports cars, and it makes sense for Toyota to hedge its bets.

Regardless of the direction(s) the Japanese company chooses, the launch of the Gazoo Racing sub-brand has reinvigorated Toyota in a major way and is no longer the boring nameplate it was in the mid-2000s. Given the success of the Supra’s relaunch, it’s no surprise that Toyota is looking to revive another of its iconic sports cars.

In their latest report, Best Car focuses on the gas-powered MR2, which will retain the mid-engine, rear-wheel drive layout of its predecessor. Moreover, according to their sources, the company says it will keep the same 1.6-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine as the GR Corolla and GR Yaris, which can produce 300 hp and 370 Nm of torque.

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The magazine says Toyota has been exploring different designs and shapes for the new MR2 in recent years. Initially, the MR2 was presented as a mid-engine hatchback, reminiscent of a modern Renault 5 Turbo. However, Toyota then decided that such a design would be too similar to the GR Yaris and instead opted to make the new MR2 a low-slung two-door sports car, just like its predecessors.

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The report further claims that Toyota has still not decided on the shape of the car’s roof and tailgate. One option is to adopt a similar profile to the original, first generation MR2, with a vertical rear window and a flat hood/trunk. The second option would be a design more similar to the current Supra, with a roof that flows seamlessly into the sloping rear window that extends to the rear, a shape common to traditional sports cars.

Regardless of styling, the report indicates that the car will be approximately 4,400 mm (173 in) long, 1,850 mm (72.8 in) wide and 1,230 mm high (48.4 in) with a height of 2,600 mm (102 .3 inches). wheelbase. It is expected to weigh around 1,300 kg and will be offered with both a six-speed manual and an eight-speed automatic.

Note: This story contains images not affiliated with or endorsed by Toyota.

    New Toyota MR2 could be launched in 2026 with Corolla GR Power
The second generation Toyota MR2 (W2o) was offered from 1989 to 1999

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