Toyota is set to launch a crossover version of its popular Corolla sedan – the locally-built Toyota Corolla Cross – in November.
The Corolla name has a rich and diverse history spanning 12 generations, and while locally it has been limited to the sedan, five-door hatchback and station wagon variants, globally it has been offered in a multitude of guises and configurations.
With “Corolla Meets SUV” being the key phrase for the development of the Corolla Cross, the model was designed as a new type of SUV that combines all the key Corolla credentials with utility, Toyota said.
The Corolla Cross will slot in above the C-HR and below the RAV4 models, both in terms of size and powertrain configuration. Pricing for the new model has not yet been released, however, the C-HR is priced from R449,300, while the RAV4 starts from R482,400.
“The TNGA platform (GA-C) has enabled the Corolla Cross to achieve high-quality performance, a comfortable ride, and outstanding quietness.
“In addition to its exceptional comfort, the Corolla Cross provides a spacious cabin, easy entry into and exit from the car, class-leading luggage space suitable for all scenarios, and safety equipment inherited from the Corolla series. In this way, the new model realises comfort, utility, and peace of mind for customers,” the automaker said.
Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA)
The benefits of the TNGA platform are already showcased in the Prius, C-HR and E210 Corolla (sedan and hatch) models, Toyota said.
“TNGA provides excellent ride quality, without compromising agility and driver feedback – resulting in a car that ‘just feels right’. Occupants are also rewarded with a spacious cabin that offers superb visibility with a stylish yet highly-ergonomic interior design.”
Another hallmark of the TNGA platform is the reduction of NVH levels (Noise Vibration Harshness), it said.
Large, elongated headlamps flank a prominent trapezoidal radiator grille, which is further accentuated by the broad ‘upswept’ lower bumper. Deep vertical design lines on the outer edges of the bumper, help create a ‘sturdy’ frontal view.
The side profile features noticeable fender flares, creating a sense of width, and complementing the sleek glasshouse and C-pillar trim. The rear employs large elliptical taillamps with trapezoidal detailing and crease lines.