• The Corolla Cross will be launched during the fourth quarter of 2021.
• Toyota in Thailand introduced a GR Sport-specced model.
• Local specification has yet to be confirmed.
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Toyota will soon launch its premium Corolla Cross SUV in South Africa, but the brand's Thai branch has already introduced a GR Sport-specced model. One that makes us wish it will find its way to local shores too.
The model's introduction is set to take place in November this year, with Toyota South Africa saying that pricing starts from R349 900. Customers can choose from Xi, Xs and XR specifications.
As is the case with most GR Sport models (think Hilux bakkie), a crux of the changes takes place aesthetically. The Corolla Cross features a distinctive black grille, GR-emblazoned seating, and 18-inch alloy wheels.
The model retains the naturally aspirated 1.8-litre unit with power rated at 103kW that works alongside a hybrid system. More changes come in the form of a sports suspension system and chassis reinforcement.
The GR Sport derivative is yet to be confirmed for local introduction. The Hilux, Supra, and Yaris are the available Toyota GR models you could opt for locally.
The Corolla Cross is another vehicle locals are most anticipating for its arrival, and if that's anything to go on, this model will do well for the automaker. Toyota South Africa says there's no indication of confirmation for local arrival as yet, but they're definitely looking into it.
Let's keep our fingers crossed we get the green light!