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Added: August 3, 2021
In a few days, one of the world’s most beloved nameplates will brood an all-new model – the much-anticipated Toyota Corolla Cross. This year Toyota Zimbabwe is on a roll as they are churning out new models without breaking a sweat. They have been launching new models almost every month. What is sweet music to the ears of the motoring public is that the models that Toyota Zimbabwe brought to the market are relevant and sales have been great.
The Corolla name boasts a rich and diverse history spanning numerous generations, and while locally it has been limited to sedan, five-door hatchback and station wagon variants, globally it has been offered in a multitude of guises and configurations.
With the introduction of the Corolla Cross – the “world’s favourite car” enters new territory and signifies the first-ever Corolla SUV/Crossover. This newest iteration of Corolla will proudly share showroom space with its Quest, Hatch and latest-generation Sedan siblings.
According to Toyota Zimbabwe, the Corolla has continued to evolve in line with the needs of the times and of the regions it is sold in. By adding a new model to the Corolla series to suit the growing demand of SUVs, the enhanced Corolla line up enables customers to select the model that better suits their diverse lifestyles and life stages.
With “Corolla Meets SUV” being the key phrase for the development of the Corolla Cross, they say, the model was designed as a new type of SUV that combines all the key Corolla credentials with utility – in a manner that exceeds customer expectations.
The Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) is the Japanese giant’s take on modular platform sharing to rival the likes of Volkswagen’s MQB. The TNGA platform (GA-C) has enabled the Corolla Cross to achieve high-quality performance, a comfortable ride, and outstanding quietness. In addition to its comfort, the Corolla Cross provides a spacious cabin, easy entry into and exit from the car, cavernous luggage space suitable for all scenarios, and safety equipment inherited from the latest Corolla series.
The Corolla Cross will slot in above the RAV4 model in Zimbabwe, both in terms of size and powertrain configuration.
The benefits of the TNGA platform have already been showcased in the Prius, C-HR and latest E210 Corolla (sedan and hatch) models. TNGA provides excellent ride quality, without compromising agility and driver feedback – resulting in a car that ‘just feels right’, the manufacturer claims. Occupants are also rewarded with a spacious cabin that offers enhanced visibility with a stylish yet highly-ergonomic interior design.
Another hallmark of the TNGA platform is the reduction of NVH-levels (Noise Vibration Harshness), thereby offering driver and passengers a quiet, comfortable and smooth ride.
The Corolla Cross fuses the eye-catching design language of the Corolla Sedan and Hatch models with an SUV-shape to provide a harmonious design. Large, elongated headlamps flank a prominent trapezoidal radiator grille, which is further accentuated by the broad ‘upswept’ lower bumper. Deep vertical design lines on the outer edges of the bumper, help create a ‘sturdy’ frontal view. The side profile features noticeable fender flares, creating a sense of width, and complementing the sleek glass house and C-pillar trim. The rear employs large elliptical taillamps with trapezoidal detailing and crease lines – to provide a sleek and sophisticated look. Buyers of the Corolla Cross will also be able to customize their vehicle with an assortment of exterior accessory packages – catering to everything from rugged, adventure-themed variants, to sporty urban enhancements.
The introduction of a Corolla “SUV” fittingly coincides with a remarkable landmark in the model’s history. The humble Corolla nameplate is set to achieve 50 million global sales in 2021 – firmly cementing it as the world’s best-selling car. The 10 million mark was eclipsed in 1983 with the model doubling sales to 20 million by 1994. Thirty million was achieved by 2005 with the magical 40-million milestone reached in 2012. The Corolla is sold in more than 150 countries and remains the top-selling model in many markets across the world.
First launched in November of 1966, it marked the start of great things, not only for Toyota but Japanese automakers as a whole, as Japan experienced a period of rapid economic advancement, population growth and societal revolution. Named after the ring of petals on the central part of a flower, this was Toyota’s first mainstream compact car.
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