Toyota's upcoming C-segment SUV was spied in Thailand for the first time. It will sit in between the RAV4 and Yaris Cross, and will likely launch as Corolla Cross.
Toyota is known for selling some of the best SUVs across the world. The carmaker, however, bought only the Fortuner to our shores. The bigger Land Cruisers are also sold in India, but they can never be the part of volume generating comrade. Now, the carmaker seems to have got the right plan for India. The plan of coming up with a C-SUV in place of Corolla Altis is what makes us think so. Also, a test mule of the very product has been spied in Thailand. Like the recently unveiled Yaris Cross, the C-segment SUV will carry the Cross tag in its name. It is highly likely that it will be called Corolla Cross.
Toyota's C-SUV is likely to be called as Corolla Cross as it is based on the same TNGA platform as Corolla sedan.
The new SUV will sit in between the Yaris Cross and the RAV4 in the brand’s international lineup. Codenamed as 740B, the C-segmenter will take on the likes of Honda HR-V and its competition. It will be underpinned by the TNGA modular architecture and will go on sale in countries like Brazil, India, Australia, and some South-Asian markets.
In terms of looks, the test mules have an uncanny resemblance to the RAV4. But it will be a nice proportionate blend of both Yaris Cross and RAV4. The overall design language will be in line with the faces of some recently launched Toyotas. However, there’s not much known about the car’s interior yet. But expect it to feature a plush interior with premium materials all around.
Toyota's C-SUV will borrow design cues from the RAV4 and the recently unveiled Yaris Cross.
To power this Honda HR-V rival, 1.8L petrol and 2.0L flex-fuel engines are expected to be on the cards. These motors will be a direct lift from the Corolla sedan but expect the power delivery to be tuned to lug around the extra mass of the SUV. With an expected launch in mid-2021, Toyota might start manufacturing the SUV early next year at its Brazil-based facility. In India, the carmaker would soon launch its first compact-SUV. Based on Maruti’s Vitara Brezza, Toyota’s iteration could be called Urban Cruiser in the domestic market.