The engine is a 1.6-litre turbocharged 3-pot, with 192 kW and 360 Nm, which Toyota claims is good for a sub-5.5 second run to 100 kph.
The trick here is the all-wheel-drive setup, providing exceptional traction off the line. Top speed is rated at 230 kph. There's no fancy dual-clutch transmission here, instead, a 6-speed manual gearbox is on duty.
This new all-wheel-drive system can transfer torque completely to the front or rear axle, so the potential for big rear-wheel drifts on gravel is completely plausible. There are driving modes which set the bias accordingly.
In Normal, it's 60:40, Sport is 30:70 and Track features 50:50. Customers can opt for a Circuit Pack, which comprises a Torsen limited-slip differential on both the front and rear axle, performance-tuned suspension and 18-inch forged alloy wheels with Michelin Pilot Sport 4s 225/40R18 tyres.
At this stage, it's too early to tell if Toyota South Africa will be bringing this exhilarating little number to the market.