HOT on the heels of the Yaris Cross, Toyota is expanding its industry leading SUV line up with a stylish Corolla-based vehicle that features raised ground clearance, dynamic performance and fuel-efficient hybrid technology.
Revealed in Thailand, where it will go on sale first, the Corolla Cross combines Toyota’s best-selling nameplate with its strong heritage in small car design and SUV engineering. Australian buyers will have to wait until 2022 to get there hands on it though.
Set to slot in between the aforementioned Yaris Cross and the RAV4, the new model builds on 25 years of experience, that ironically began with the humble RAV, as it’s affectionately known. It’s now the world’s best selling SUV.
The newest member of the Corolla family has a design philosophy of ‘Corolla meets SUV’, blending the best aspects of both worlds. It balances a dynamic, powerful, sleek and sophisticated design with high levels of SUV practicality.
Corolla Cross shares the GA-C platform of the Corolla hatch and sedan, ensuring a high level of body rigidity and a well-balanced chassis for responsive and agile driving, a comfortable ride and outstanding quietness.
Other features include a spacious cabin, easy entry into and exit from the car, and excellent luggage space, as well as a high level of safety equipment inherited from Corolla hatch and sedan.
The Corolla Cross will be available with either a petrol engine or a petrol-electric hybrid power train. With SUV sales accelerating to an unprecedented 48 per cent of the market, it’s expected to be an important part of the Japanese car maker’s model range.
In Australia, Toyota leads the local industry in SUV sales with a 2020 market share of 19.6 per cent, up from 16.5 per cent at the same stage last year. Led by the RAV4 petrol and hybrid variants, Toyota has increased its SUV sales this year by 2.3 per cent.
Since its launch in Japan in 1966, the Corolla nameplate has sold a cumulative total of more than 48 million units globally. It is Toyota’s best selling car. Further details, including final specifications and pricing, will be announced closer to its launch.