It’s official: Toyota to build the new Corolla Cross SUV in South Africa
By Jason Woosey 16m ago
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JOHANNESBURG – In 2020 Toyota announced plans to invest R2.4 billion in building a new passenger car in South Africa, one of its executives hinting that this new vehicle would form part of the company’s new ‘Corolla strategy’.
And now, as we speculated last year, Toyota has confirmed that the new Corolla Cross SUV will be built at Toyota’s Prospecton plant near Durban. The vehicle will be built for South Africa as well as the rest of the African continent, in both right-hand drive and left-hand drive formats.
When it goes on sale later in 2021, the Corolla Cross will join the recently-launched Corolla hatch and sedan models as well as the budget-beating Quest that’s based on the previous generation.
More than just a ‘Corolla on stilts’, the Cross model has its own unique body panels, and there is certainly more than a passing resemblance to the Rav4, which is 140mm longer. While the Corolla Cross shares its 2640mm wheelbase with the Toyota CH-R, the newcomer is 100mm longer, and some of that extra size goes into the boot, which has a capacity of 487 litres.
Local specifications have yet to be announced, but local models are likely to follow the Thai version in offering the familiar 1.8-litre petrol unit, with 103kW and 177Nm on tap. There’s also a hybrid version, which pairs a 72kW 1.8-litre engine with a 53kW electric motor.
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