Should Toyota launch Corolla Cross SUV in India to compete with Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, MG Hector, Tata Harrier?
Toyota has revealed a new SUV for its worldwide markets and that could make sense for India. It is called as the Corolla Cross and as the name suggests it is based on the Corolla platform but is a crossover version of it.
The Corolla Cross gets a massive grille, cladding, roof rails plus increased ground clearance plus the design is much more aggressive. From the rear or side it is a crossover though but the cladding again makes a big change. The LEDs plus the added design changes makes the car stand out plus it has a more SUV than other crossovers. The interior is quite luxurious and comes with a massive touch-screen while it has good space.
In terms of engine options the Corolla Cross comes with a 1.8l petrol plus also has a petrol electric hybrid option. Both engines come with a CVT automatic. This is a crossover hence there is now AWD as such being offered by Toyota here.
The real question is whether the Corolla Cross would come to India as Toyota recently discontinued the Corolla name in India. Till now India has had the Corolla sedan in Altis form but the poor sales meant there was no BS6 version.
We think as a crossover the Corolla brand name can make a come-back as crossovers are more successful than sedans. Plus the current trend is focused on petrols and crossover which further makes sense for this car to be launched. If launched this could be a 15-20 lakh car and that is the most popular segment currently.
Toyota meanwhile is planning to launch its new SUV called as Urban Cruiser which is a re-badged and res-styled Maruti Brezza. We expect that to come in a few months.
Also read- Toyota Urban Cruiser vs Brezza
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