By Stephen Macharia
For starters, the Corolla Cross is a crossover model for the Corolla series from the traditional sedan to a new compact SUV. With the Corolla more popular as a sedan, the Corolla Cross brings out some key elements of an SUV, that being, strength and functionality.
The more important highlight, nonetheless, is that the Corolla Cross has been built based on Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform. It uses a new torsion-beam suspension design that has been developed to offer a “stable, cushioned ride”, enabling the Corolla Cross to achieve high-quality performance, a comfortable ride, and outstanding quietness.
The SUV market is driven by a burgeoning middle- class population whose customer preference is for a more versatile model encompassing comfort, QDR (quality durability and reliability), technology, ground clearance and stylish design. The Corolla Cross is therefore designed for discerning consumers who are looking for the SUV comfort, latest technology at an affordable price point.
Interior and Cargo
Across the two models, these are the specifications you’ll find; Apple Car Play, Android Auto, front and rear cup holders, automatic air conditioning, height and reach adjustable driver seat, leather gear shift and brake lever, keyless entry, six loudspeakers, front and rear power windows, sun visor, 8” touchscreen multicoloured LCD, cruise control, hill start assist control and leather upholstery.
The interior offers up to five seats inside and promises a more significant headroom for the rear passengers.
At 4460mm long, 1825mm wide, and 1620mm tall, the Corolla Cross has a 103.9-inch wheelbase and a 487-litre boot. The 1.8l Executive CVT additionally comes with a panoramic sunroof, LED daytime running lights, rain sensor, and roof rails.
Engine, Transmission, and Performance
The Corolla Cross comes in a 1.8l engine with a CVT transmission with two versions; 1.8l Limited CVT and 1.8l Executive CVT.
Cost and available financing options
The pricing of the Corolla Cross starts from Ksh3.990,000 for the 1.8l Limited CVT. There’s also the 1.8l Executive CVT that goes for Kshs. 4,250,000.
Toyota Kenya has partnered with major financial institutions in Kenya that offer various financing options, enabling customers acquire the Corolla Cross in affordable instalments. Some of the institutions include Absa, NCBA Bank, Gulf African Bank, Co-operative Bank, Stanbic Bank, KCB Bank, Equity Bank, and Family Bank.
Color versions available
The Corolla Cross is available in seven colours; red mica metallic, attitude black mica, celestite gray metallic, platinum white pearl, blue metallic, graphite metallic, and metal stream metallic.
Availability of spare parts and warranty
Toyota Kenya has over the years been making huge investments in ensuring that spare parts of all the vehicles under our portfolio are readily available. This is the same for the Corolla Cross customers. Toyota Kenya has parts at the Service centres across the country, and therefore the issue on parts should not be an issue for our Corolla Cross customers.
Toyota Kenya encourages vehicle owners to always go for genuine parts, which save on downtime occasioned by multiple breakdowns as a result of faulty counterfeit parts and subsequently greatly enhances the safe use of the vehicles. The fact that Toyota genuine parts are also covered by a warranty also means that the vehicle has extensive protection against repair costs.
Corolla Cross customers enjoy a 3 year/100,000 km manufacturer warranty.
Corolla cross will comfortably give you 16-18kms per liter but this is also dependent on driving style. However, it guarantees 16kms per liter.
Where to view and test drive the Toyota Cross in Kenya
Enquiries on the Corolla Cross and booking of test drives can be made at any of our 31 outlets on the Toyota Kenya network countrywide. Additionally, customers can visit our website www.toyotakenya.ke for additional information on the Corolla Cross or make their test drive bookings online.
Reasons why you should consider a new SUV over used imported versions vehicles
With the modern advances in technology, new cars have become significantly beneficial and worth the value of your money. Often, the very first thing a shopper would consider in a new car is fuel economy. Regardless of the price fluctuations of fuel, it remains a fundamental factor to prioritize. Luckily, most new cars sold today have an impressive fuel economy. A car’s mileage is highly important in terms of cost- saving. It has a direct bearing on maintenance and servicing expenses as well as its resale value. A vehicle with zero mileage doesn’t require any maintenance upfront. The cost of servicing is incredibly low and the vehicle’s resale value will be higher. Apart from cost- saving, new vehicles are much safer today than a decade ago. The latest models come with a ton of safety features including antilock braking mechanisms, driver and passenger airbags, parking sensors, traction and stability control, brake assist, among others. In terms of durability, there is no doubt that a new car will last longer than a used one. And with the accompanying warranties, the readily available genuine parts, and dealerships in major towns, maintenance costs are incredibly reduced.
All new vehicles are prepared for off road driving which caters for ground clearance and extreme hot or cold weather conditions.
If you consider SUV comfort and convenience, then the Corolla Cross is the vehicle you need.
Our verdict on the Toyota Corolla Cross
The corolla cross redefines, passenger transport by combining the ruggedness of an SUV, while giving user the crisp and comfortable feel of a sedan vehicle. The corolla cross combines the best of both worlds to give the Consumer the option to travel anywhere and everywhere, be it rough roads up north or the cool winding roads down south.