The highly awaited Toyota Corolla Cross has just been unveiled in Thailand, where the new model will be sold with a petrol-hybrid option and a decidedly rugged styling package
The rather highly anticipated Toyota Corolla Cross has finally shed its veil in Thailand, thereby giving us the first look at what the SUV-esque version of the company's global best-seller looks like. And if the first impressions are anything to go by, the carmaker has surely done enough to help the new model does enjoy a distinct visual identity that has been made possible through the rugged styling package it comes with.
The decision to introduce a crossover under the 54-year-old nameplate comes at the back of the great demand such vehicles have been enjoying across the globe. Dimensionally, the new model finds itself slotted between C-HR and RAV4, two of the renowned models in the Japanese carmaker giant's product portfolio. The Corolla Cross measures 4,460mm (175.5 inches) in length, 1,825mm (71.9 inches) in width and 1,620mm (63.8 inches) in height. In fact, it's important to note here that the latest crossover shares its 2,640mm (103.9 inches) wheelbase with the C-HR..
For the Thai car market, the Toyota Corolla Cross will be available with two powertrain options. The more basic of the duo will be the familiar 1.8-liter 2ZR-FBE petrol engine with a maximum power output of 140 horsepower (104 kilowatts) and a peak torque of 175 Newton-metre (129 pound-feet). All the grunt will be transferred to the front wheels through a CVT. The more sophisticated powertrain option will be that of a hybrid one which will come with a 600-volt electric motor aiding a 98 hp-142 Nm 1.8-liter 2ZR-FXE motor with 72 horsepower (54 kilowatts) and 163 Newton-metre (120 pound-feet). Power will be put on to the tarmac through an e-CVT that will drive the front wheels.
Aesthetically, the Toyota Corolla Cross will feature enough of the bold styling of the regular versions sold in the ASEAN car markets. However, the wrap-around cladding and the styling tweaks have helped the car with a pretty macho appearance. Compared to the C-HR, the new model has a more subdued look, especially due to the huge grille up front. While the new model will be launched in Thailand later this year, its launch in other parts of the world could take a while.
There are slim chances of the new model ever making it to our shores as the Toyota New Global Architecture C (TGNA-C) platform will make it a rather expensive proposition.