It seems the Toyota fraternity, especially avid Corolla owners, cannot wait for the official launch of the new Toyota Corolla Cross into the frantic South African cross-over market. This new model can be viewed on Saturday the 6th of November at NTT Toyota Motor Dealership in Tzaneen.

Reading from the comments prior to the official launch date, the pricing of the locally manufactured Corolla Cross and its styling will be in high demand, as much as Klippies and Cola at a Blue Bulls match.

Then there are the current and brand-loyal Corolla owners who said without hesitation that they would trade their current model for the new Corolla Cross in a heartbeat. It seems that Toyota might just have found a new firm favourite for South Africa’s peculiarly picky motoring public.

There are three grades, namely Xi, Xs and Xr, in the model line-up. The Xi will be introduced as the entry-level model, aimed at customers seeking for core value motoring. The mid-tier Xs model adds additional comfort and convenience specification, while the flagship Xr grade receives upgraded exterior aesthetics, larger alloy wheels and additional features.

Standard specification on the Xi includes colour coding, keyless entry, power-adjustable and auto-retractable exterior mirrors, LED taillamps and automatic light control. Interior items include four cupholders, stowage binnacles, 60/40-fold-down rear seats and steering switches. Cruise Control, air-conditioning, 12-volt power outlet, all-round one-touch power windows and a Multi-Information Display (MID) round off the spec offering.

The Xs model adds foglamps, an upgrade to LED headlamps, Park Distance Control (PDC) and rain-sensing wipers. The interior trim is upgraded to leather, while the air-conditioning switches to a dual-zone variant and the Multi-Information Display (MID) is upgraded to the TFT-type.

The audio system too receives an upgrade to touchscreen ‘spec’ which brings with it a reverse camera, Apple CarPlay/Android Auto functionality and two additional USB ports for a total of three. Toyota Connect is included across the board.

The top-of-the-range Xr models offer customers an additional convenience and safety specification and an upgrade to 18-inch wheels.
All models include an anti-theft system, auto door-lock and ISOFIX anchor points. The airbag array includes driver, passenger, side and driver-knee (on the Xi and Xs models) while the Xr model gets added curtain airbags. The Xr model comes with the Toyota Safety Sense (TSS), which encompasses semi-autonomous driving aids and an enhanced safety-system functionality. The standout elements here are Adaptive Cruise Control, Blind Spot Monitoring (BSM), Lane Trace Assist (LTA) and a Pre-Collision System (PCS).

This newcomer will feature two different power plants. The first is a 1.8- litre petrol engine with 103kW of power and 172Nm of torque. The other engine is the fuel-efficient 1.8-litre Hybrid with a total output of 90kW.

There are five-model in the line-up to choose from:
Corolla Cross 1.8 Xi – R 349 900
Corolla Cross 1.8 Xs – R 390 100
Corolla Cross 1.8 Xr – R 425 400
Corolla Cross 1.8 Hybrid Xs – R 413 000
Corolla Cross 1.8 Hybrid Xr – R 448 300

Peace of Mind:
A six-services or 90 000km service plan is standard on all Corolla Cross models, with service intervals every 12-months or 15 000km. A three-year or 100 000km warranty also forms part of the offering.

The Hybrid model carries an eight-year warranty on the Hybrid battery. Customers can also purchase additional service and warranty plan extensions from their nearest Toyota dealership of which there are 220 outlets nationwide.