Japanese car maker Toyota is putting together a crossover based on the Corolla/Auris platform. The Auris is the hatchback version of the Corolla, and is sold in many parts of the world. The crossover based on the Auris is expected to take on the likes of the Nissan Juke and the Suzuki S-Cross. In terms of positioning, the Corolla/Auris based crossover will sit under the Toyota RAV4.
Toyota has been missing-in-action in the high growth compact crossover segment and the Auris based crossover seems like an apt product for the Japanese automaker. A 2015 launch is likely for the new Toyota crossover. The Japanese automaker hasn’t revealed anything about the 2016 Corolla Crossover including the engine and transmissions details.
Now that Toyota is working with BMW to source turbo diesel engines for the Corolla range, the 1.6 liter-4 cylinder turbo diesel motor that BMW uses on the Mini Countryman is expected to filter down to the Corolla Crossover as well. A 1.6 liter-4 cylinder VVT-i petrol engine that does duty on the Corolla hatchback is likely to be shoehorned into the crossover. Front wheel and all wheel drive layouts could be offered on the new Toyota crossover.
In terms of aesthetics, the spyshots of the Corolla Crossover depict a taller stance allied to a higher ground clearance. From its profile, the test mule looks very similar to the Auris hatchback, which indicates that the crossover could be a cross version of the Auris, with body cladding, taller wheels, revised front and rear bumpers, and other changes that make the car look butch.
Toyota sells the sedan version of the Corolla in India, with the Japanese automaker having introduced the latest version of the car here just months ago. Although a hatchback version of the Corolla with the Cross body kit seems unlikely for the Indian car market, Toyota would be watching the Suzuki S-Cross closely to determine whether the Indian market accepts a soft roader in the 12 lakh rupee+ segment.
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