• Toyota South Africa Motors will build the new Corolla Cross at its Prospecton Plant in Durban.
• The Japanese carmaker has invested R2.43 billion in the projecto build the new compact SUV.
• Toyota says the Corolla Cross will generate around R 2.85-billion a year in local component purchases.
Toyota South Africa Motors confirmed it will manufacture the new Corolla Cross in South Africa in the fourth quarter of the year at its Prospecton Plant in Kwa-Zulu Natal.
The "compact suv" will be sold locally.
The model reveal, made by TSAM President and CEO Andrew Kirby at the annual State of the Motor Industry (SOMI) address, follows the company's announcement in 2019 that it was investing R2.43-billion in the production of a new passenger vehicle in the country.
"As announced at the Presidential Investment Summit in November 2019, Toyota pledged to invest R2.43 billion. The Corolla Cross is based on the acclaimed new Corolla TNGA platform and will be built on our passenger car production line alongside the Corolla Quest," says Kirby.
The Corolla Cross shares the same TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) C platform with its namesake Corolla, it boasts a higher ground clearance and other attributes normally associated with an SUV says Toyota.
More details on specification, including pricing, of the local models will shared upon product launch in the fourth quarter of 2021, a statement said.