The 2021 Toyota Corolla Cross is what you get if you blend a Corolla with the CH-R – or is it the other way around? Nevertheless, the all-new Corolla Cross was recently confirmed for Mzansi. According to the Japanese carmaker, the Corolla Cross will even be built in Durban.
However, specific details are scarce at the moment, but we do know a thing or two about Toyota’s newest high-riding Corolla. For starters, the Corolla Cross is underpinned by the Toyota New Global Architecture platform, or TNGA-C to be specific. It’s the same chassis underneath the Toyota Prius, CH-R crossover, Lexus UX, and of course, the new Corolla sedan and hatchback.
Right off the bat, the new Corolla Cross eerily resembles the Mazda CX-5 with its gaping front grille and slim headlight design. Unsurprisingly, the Corolla Cross shares the same 2,640mm wheelbase as the CH-R, but it slots nicely in between the CH-R and RAV4 in terms of overall size.
Toyota’s newest Corolla Cross measures 4,460mm in length and is 1,825mm (71.9-inches) wide. The Cross is wider, but a standard Corolla sedan is longer and has a longer wheelbase in this regard.
But since we’re talking about a crossover, the new Corolla Cross is marginally taller at 1,620mm compared to the sedan version. Despite being shorter than a Corolla sedan, Toyota promises a spacious interior, class-leading luggage space, and enhanced practicality.
The biggest news of course is that Toyota pledged to invest R2.43 billion in the production of this Corolla Cross in both right- and left-hand drive for South Africa and the rest of Africa – in Durban.
So, what do you think? Do you fancy the new Toyota Corolla Cross?
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