By Andrew Muzamhindo
Toyota Zimbabwe is probably one of the two dealerships that seem to be churning out new cars every other month.
The other one being Zimoco.
It could be that they involve the media or see value in involving the media. Other dealerships might be churning out news cars quietly but I can not write about what I do not know.
Please let me know what is happening in your dealerships and I will write about it.
Last week Toyota Zimbabwe launched the all new Toyota Corolla Cross.
It was an online launch.
This gorgeous crossover debuted in the Thailand market in 2020.
It seems we have launched it earlier than South Africa.
South Africa are expecting theirs towards the end of this year.
The Corolla Cross niches between the subcompact C-HR and the compact RAV4 in terms of size.
Despite what its name suggests, the Corolla Cross bears little visual resemblance to the Corolla sedan and hatchback we have gotten to know here in Zimbabwe.
But given how much Zimbabweans love crossovers, especially those from Toyota. I think it will do well.
After all, it has the forename of the world’s most popular sedan, Corolla.
The Toyota Corolla is one of the most widely available cars in the world.
Since it began production in 1966, the Corolla has sold over 45 million units worldwide. It is considered to be a safe and reliable vehicle.
It is a daily drive for millions of people spanning multiple continents. It is widely available.
The brand keeps getting better. The name Corolla is trusted. The Corolla is known for its good fuel to mileage ratio.
It has been in production for over 50 years.
The Cross surname benefits from a good name.
One of my fathers favourite sayings is, “nothing beats a good name”. For these reasons, the Toyota Corolla Cross will impress on local sales charts.
The Corolla Cross is built around Toyota’s modular Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform.
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 exceptional comfort, the Corolla Cross provides a spacious cabin, easy entry into and exit from the car, class-leading luggage space suitable for all scenarios, and safety equipment inherited from the Corolla series.
TNGA is a program of structural innovation, starting with changing the basic architecture of vehicles.
Through TNGA, Toyota is completely remaking the power-train unit (engine, transmission, HEV unit) and basic frames (chassis). With integrated product development they anticipate a rapid improvement in the three areas of driving basic performance, namely, moving, turning, and stopping.
We hope to continue to provide cars that our customers cherish.
Getting in and out of the Corolla Cross is easy. The doors open wide, the floor is not very high and the seat bases are adequately low, factors which should not pose a problem to children or the elderly.
Like more powerful versions of the Corolla sedan, the Corolla Cross employs a 1.8-liter engine making 103kW.
Power is routed through a CVT automatic mated with an engine that manufactures a maximum torque of 172 /4000 Nm / rpm
Toyota offers a generous amount of standard safety features on its vehicles, and the Corolla Cross is no exception.
Expect standard goodies to include lane departure warning, automatic emergency braking with pedestrian detection, auto high beams, adaptive cruise control, and lane tracing assist, which helps keep a vehicle centered in its lane.
Blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert is standard on all but the base trim. This is inherited from the Corolla series to provide safety and to give you peace of mind
On the infotainment front, the Cross has a 7.0-inch touchscreen. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard. Wireless charging is a given. It has two USB charging ports for back seat passengers.
The Corolla Cross has a reasonably spacious interior. It is noticeably roomier than the C-HR’s cabin. Toyota Corolla Cross offers all-wheel-drive as an option, every model can tow up to 680kgs. Compare that with the C-HR, which is not rated to tow at all and only comes with front-wheel drive. One can tell that the Cross lives and thrives on adventure. You can use it in city dwellings or take it for fun and adventure. It’s perfect for an outgoing person eager to soak up a little fun.
It has an elevated driving position contributes to a wide field of view, and helps minimize blind spots with a class-leading minimum turning radius of 5.2 meters results in responsive handling
The Corolla Cross is 3.0 inches longer than the C-HR, and offers 2.2 additional inches of ground clearance.
The smaller C-HR actually offers more front legroom (43.5 inches vs. 42.9 inches), although it trails slightly in rear legroom (31.7 vs. 32.0 inches). Cargo space is where the Corolla Cross shines: It has up to 25.5 cubic feet behind the second row compared to the C-HR’s 19.1 cubic feet.
Key Competitors include Nissan Kicks, Honda HR-Subaru Crosstrek and Nissan Rogue Sport.