The Toyota Corolla Cross was launched last week in Thailand, and will eventually break into new global markets. The Corolla Cross comes with a host of accessories and considered as the ‘practical’ alternative to the Toyota C-HR, positioned in the same segment.
Here’s are six things you should know about Toyota’s latest crossover.
1. Corolla-based crossover variant for the first time in over 50 years
With more than 48 million units sold in over 150 countries around the world, the Corolla badge is for the first time placed in an SUV body shape. The company believes that to evolve, it has to understand and exploit the demands of growing segments such as the highly popular SUV segment. The Toyota Corolla is by far the company’s best-selling car and having this badge on an SUV body considerably boosts the appeal of the Corolla for customers who want a high-riding vehicle with more space and possibilities.
2. Hybrid powertrain with <100 g/km CO2 emissions
The Corolla Cross comes with an option of a Hybrid powertrain. A 98 hp 1.8-litre petrol engine is paired with a 72 hp electric motor to produce 170 hp (system output) which works with Toyota’s Electric continuously variable transmission. This helps the Corolla Cross to achieve a fuel economy of 23.3 kilometres per litre (4.3L/100km) and producing CO2 emissions of 98 g/km.
3. Platform shared with the Toyota C-HR
The Corolla Cross uses Toyota’s TNGA platform shared with the C-HR. The Corolla cross is 4,460 mm long, 1,825 mm wide and 1,620 mm tall, making it slightly taller than the C-HR but on the same wheelbase. This means the car has lots of space inside the cabin for increased practicality.
4. Comes with Toyota’s Safety Sense package
The Corolla Cross comes with lots of safety equipment. These are part of Toyota’s Safety Sense package which includes Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist, 7 SRS Airbags, surround Pre-Collision System, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control with Lane Tracing Assist, Automatic High Beam, Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert.
5. 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system
Enhancing interior comfort, the Corolla Cross has features like Dual-Zone Automatic Climate Control, Power Adjustable Driver Seat, Rear Seat reclining functions with Rear Air Vents and USB Outlets for rear passengers. At the front, occupants get a 9-inch touchscreen compatible with Apple CarPlay and Toyota’s T-Connect feature.
6. Toyota Corolla Cross Adventure & Urban Sport Editions launched
There are three Hybrid variants available – Hybrid Premium Safety, Hybrid Premium and Hybrid Smart variant, priced at 1,199,000 THB (29 lakhs), 1,089,000 THB (26 lakhs) and 1,019,000 THB (24 lakhs) respectively in Thailand. Customers can also opt for specialized variants of the Corolla Cross called Adventure and Urban Sport. These come with differently styled bumpers, side cladding and wheels.
Images sourced from Toyota Motor Thailand News section