The crossover is a premium car, and comes with all the features that one would expect from a car with the Corolla name, it could be a potential strong entry for India.
Toyota treads the waters very carefully, and this is evident with the frequency of the updates and the new launches. Only in 2020 did they finally update the Fortuner and the Innova Crysta, and launched the Urban Cruiser, but there is another car that Toyota should think about bringing to India, it is the Corolla Cross, a crossover version of the very popular sedan which is sold in South East Asian nations like Thailand and Philippines.
The Corolla Cross is based loosely on the sedan, but does not carry a lot of the design elements that we are used to seeing on the Altis. The front has a wide mesh grille which is blacked out and gives the Cross a very aggressive look, the rear has wider tail lamps which are reminiscent of the Altis. The stance is very aggressive and sporty, and like its sedan counterpart it comes with a raised ride height to negotiate the treacherous roads.
The car comes with a 1.8 litre petrol unit which makes 98 horsepower, while another Hybrid unit makes 72 horsepower. If one is looking for a bit more power, there is also a 1.8 litre non-hybrid engine that makes 140 horsepower, all of the engines are mated to an automatic CVT transmission. The Hybrid system makes the car very fuel efficient and also keeps the ride smooth.
The insides are a fresh sight for the Toyota, it features a digital instrument cluster, electrically adjustable driver’s seat, auto-headlamps, cruise control, lane assist, touchless-tailgate and other features. The infotainment system is a 9 inch touch unit and comes with Android Auto and Apple Carplay, the boot space is a generous 487 litres while the loading lip is placed low to make it easy to load and unload baggage.
The Corolla Cross starts at 989000 Thai Baht which is converted to around INR 24 Lakhs, which makes this car a direct competitor of the Honda CR-V, Skoda Karoq and others. The top model, which is 1200000 THB will cost around INR 30 Lakhs here, and comes with all the features mentioned here. The car will be an important asset for Toyota in India and can be sold as a premium SUV/Crossover placed below the Fortuner, and as the quality of the Japanese Auto Giant is well known the car will expectedly come with a strong build quality and premium quality finish all over.
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