Toyota has revealed the new Corolla Cross for international markets at its global premiere in Thailand. The new Corolla Cross is expected to sit below the recently introduced Toyota Harrier in its model range and be a more conventional offering from the C-HR which itself is a stylish offering.
The Corolla Cross receives sharply styled headlights and taillights, an oval shaped hexagonal grille finished in black with a thick chrome border and 17 or 18 inch dual tone alloy wheels. The thick body cladding, roof rails, large alloy wheels, high ground clearance and skid plates further evoke the SUV flavour. Built on the automakers TNGA platform, the Corolla Cross measures in at 4460 mm in length, 1825mm in width, and 1620 mm in height. It also uses a wheelbase of 2,640mm and has a turning radius of 5.2 metres.
The interior is modern and upmarket in keeping with recent times, there’s a fairly large floating touchscreen infotainment system that takes centre stage on the dash along with the A/C controls placed lower down. The instrument cluster looks to be an all digital unit but has no confirmation on the same. The cabin comes finished in a premium looking Terra Rosa colour scheme which extends into the dashboard, seats and door pads as well. Luggage space is rated at 440 litres but the seats do get the 60:40 split options for extending the cargo area.
The Corolla Cross also comes loaded with connected car tech which connects to an app on the customers’ mobile phone and accesses several functions. Tech like Find my car, theft track, SOS, Geo fencing, mantainence reminder, vehicle information, vehicle insurance and concierge services.
Powering the Corolla Cross internationally are two petrol engines. A 1.8 litre 2ZR-FBE petrol motor with 140hp and 175Nm of torque and also a 1.8 litre petrol hybrid that synchronises a 72hp electric motor to assist the gasoline powered engine. Transmission options are limited to just a CVT gearbox, while the hybrid gets an E-CVT transmission.
Suspension duties are handled by Macpherson strut at front and torsion beam at the rear, while braking power is provided by ventilated disc at front and rear. The Corolla Cross rides on 215/60 R17 at front and 225/50 R18 rubber at the rear.
Talking about safety, it gets a host of active & safety features in its list like blind spot alert, cross traffic alert, 360 degree view monitor, automatic high beams, lane departure alert with steering assist, Pre collision system, tyre pressure monitor, 7 airbags, traction control system, hill assist control, vehicle stability control and ABS.
Toyota is also offering a range of exterior paint schemes like Graphite black, Attitude black mica, Platinum white pearl, Red mica metallic, Metal stream metallic, Celestite grey metallic and Nebula blue.
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As per now, the Corolla Cross is aimed for launch in Thailand however other markets will follow. India is unlikely to get the handsome looking Toyota Cross anytime soon, although if it does come to our shores it will pour out a tough fight with the MG Hector, Tata Harrier, Nissan Kicks, Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos apart from upcoming models like the next gen Mahindra XUV 5OO due for launch next year.