Toyota has unveiled its new compact SUV. This is the new Toyota Corolla Cross. A model developed on the basis of the current generation of the Toyota Corolla that is called to play a key role in certain markets. It will initially go on sale in Thailand and among its mechanical options is a hybrid version (HEV).
After a considerable amount of spy photos, recreations and official advances, the new Toyota SUV has finally been presented in society. A very interesting compact SUV that is called to play a key role in certain markets. This is the new Toyota Corolla Cross. A vehicle that, as we will shed throughout this article and hints at its name, is related to this generation of the Corolla.
The Corolla series began its commercial journey in 1966. Since then, 48 million units have been marketed in more than 150 countries throughout the world. This is the best-selling model from Toyota. Now, the company has decided to add a new member to this particular family. The new Corolla Cross, an SUV. It is supported by the GA-C platform, derived directly from the TNGA architecture. Therefore, it shares a base with the Corolla range in Europe.
Let’s take a look at the images that accompany this article to analyze its exterior design. It is quickly recognizable as Toyota. Its front transmits power thanks to a grill of significant dimensions. A grill that connects directly with elongated optical groups. Plastic fenders running along the underside of the body and roof bars add an adventurous air.
Leaving the exterior aside, if we venture inside the new Corolla Cross we will find a cabin that transmits comfort and denotes very careful adjustments. A complete technological equipment is also intuited. Toyota places special emphasis on available space and a boot that cubes a cargo volume of at least 487 liters at best.
The safety equipment is closely related to the Corolla. Depending on the level of finish configured, we will find the Toyota Safety Sense package composed of numerous driving assistance systems such as the blind spot warning or the rear cross traffic alert.
The Toyota Corolla Cross has a hybrid version (HEV)
Turning to the mechanical section, note that the mechanical offer in the Thai market will consist of two engines. On the one hand, we have a 1.8-liter gasoline engine with 103 hp and 177 Nm of maximum torque associated with a CVT gearbox.
And on the other hand, there is a very interesting hybrid version that consists of a 1.8-liter gasoline engine that develops 98 hp and 142 Nm and that is combined with an electric motor of 53 kW (72 hp) and 163 Nm. The total power is 122 CV. All this is managed through an e-CVT change.
Regardless of the chosen mechanics, the configuration will be front-wheel drive, which will allow for fairly measured consumption.
Toyota Corolla Cross release date, will it hit Europe?
Toyota’s plans are not to introduce the new Corolla Cross in Europe. In the European market, the brand already has a C-segment SUV, the C-HR. As we pointed out at the beginning of the article, the Japanese manufacturer’s roadmap for this SUV is none other than using it in certain markets to strengthen its position.
Initially it will go on sale in Thailand, but it is also known that it will reach South America. And especially, to Brazil.
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At the moment it is unknown what its price will be. The commercial launch of the Corolla Cross in the Thai market will take place this year. As your arrival approaches the dealerships, the rest of the details about the range and, more importantly, its prices will be announced.