Toyota added a new model to its Corolla Cross range and also updated the specification level of the Xi and Xs models.
The new model joining the line-up is the Corolla Cross GR-S Hybrid following in the footsteps of the Corolla Cross GR Sport launched last year. The Hybrid sibling is the latest model to receive the GR-S touch, which is the more sporty-orientated models of the brand.
The GR-S package brings sharpened aesthetics, while under-the-skin fettling delivers improved driving dynamics. The Hybrid model remains in strong demand, with consumers recognising the benefits of Toyota’s acclaimed hybrid system, refinement, smooth acceleration, fuel economy and near-silent EV-mode operation.
From the outside, the package includes a revised front grille design in gloss black and a gloss black lower apron with the signature 'GR Mesh'. There are vertical air ducts, which incorporate compact fog lamp units and a strong horizontal cross bar and large Toyota insignia.
Black exterior mirrors paired with a black roof and black roof rails craft a sporty bi-tone design.
At the rear, you will find a black roof spoiler, black tailgate trim and blacked-out rear diffuser, and the package is completed by a GR badge affixed to the rear.
And to round off the outside picture are new 18" black alloy wheels shod with 225/50R18 tyres.
Three exterior colours are offered for the new addition, namely Arizona Red Bi-Tone, Chromium Silver Bi-Tone and Glacier White Bi-Tone.
In the interior, the ergonomics of the Corolla Cross cabin are retained, while adding a dose of GR-inspired flair.
The Cross GR-S Hybrid interior features stylish black leather trim throughout with GR embossing on the front headrests, red contrast stitching with red perforation, a red accent stripe on the instrument panel together with piano black surface detailing and a chunky 3-spoke steering wheel with red stitching and piano black inserts.
In terms of ride and handling, there are new shock absorbers and revised coil springs as well as new brushless-motor power steering module (EPS) to deliver more responsive handling, steering wheel feedback and cornering prowess.
It uses Toyota’s 1.8-litre 2ZR-FXE Atkinson cycle petrol engine connected to a CVT transmission with seven pre-programmed 'steps’ and a ‘manual’ mode.
The total system output is 90 kW, with the electric motor offering up to 53 kW and 163 Nm, and a claimed fuel index of 4.3 l/100 km on the combined cycle.
Specification Changes & Enhancements for the Xi and Xs:
The convenience specification on the Xi and Xs models (both Petrol and Hybrid variants) has been increased.
On the exterior Xi models receive an upgrade to LED headlamps (previously Halogen) and Hybrid models get blue headlamp inserts conveying their hybrid credentials
In in interior (Xi models) is a new 8-inch touchscreen display audio system with 6-speakers, reverse camera and a revised speedometer design.
For the Xs models the front armrest added a cup holder for more functionality.
Cross 1.8 Xi CVT (R381 200), Cross 1.8 XS CVT (R414 300), Cross 1.8 XR CVT (R451 300), Cross 1.8 XS HEV (R442 800), Cross 1.8 XR HEV (R480 200), Cross 1.8 CVT GR-S (R466 800) and the Cross 1.8 HEV GR-S (R495 200).
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