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Toyota making a 7-seater Toyota Corolla Cross?

While Malaysians are still excited about the newly launched Toyota Corolla Cross Sport, there’s news that India may get a 7-seater version of it.

Toyota plans to expand its SUV range in India by introducing a 7-seater Corolla Cross. Reports suggest that the Japanese automakers might bring the longer variant of the already internationally popular model to India.

To make it a 3-row seater vehicle, some re-engineering is to be expected to the Corolla Cross that we currently know and love. 

IndiaTV reports that the 7-seater Corolla Cross would come with a third row of seats that can fold into the floor when not in use. The model is rumoured to be built on the TNGA-C platform and may share powertrain options with the Innova Hycross, assuming they are coming from the same assembly lines.

The powertrain options may include a 2-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine and a hybrid powertrain. Other updates may include a new bumper, grille and modified headlights. It may also be safe to anticipate that the new SUV will be slightly lengthened, with longer rear doors for easier third-row access.

Picture credit: Design AG

The 5-seater Corolla Cross is not currently available in India, but the potential inclusion of a 7-seater variant could be a highly appreciated expansion to the existing lineup. This stretched-out Corolla Cross is an effort by Toyota to address the increasing demand for 7-seater SUVs for the Indian market, and an attempt to compete with rivals such as Hyundai who has flooded the market with the 7-seater Alcazar.

The lingering question in all our minds is whether this larger Corolla Cross will make its way to Malaysia. It would be interesting to see if there is a market for it, when it has to compete with the affordable Perodua Aruz, and Toyota’s own Velloz.
 

While Malaysians are still excited about the newly launched Toyota Corolla Cross Sport, there’s news that India may get a 7-seater version of it.

Toyota plans to expand its SUV range in India by introducing a 7-seater Corolla Cross. Reports suggest that the Japanese automakers might bring the longer variant of the already internationally popular model to India.

To make it a 3-row seater vehicle, some re-engineering is to be expected to the Corolla Cross that we currently know and love. 

IndiaTV reports that the 7-seater Corolla Cross would come with a third row of seats that can fold into the floor when not in use. The model is rumoured to be built on the TNGA-C platform and may share powertrain options with the Innova Hycross, assuming they are coming from the same assembly lines.

The powertrain options may include a 2-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine and a hybrid powertrain. Other updates may include a new bumper, grille and modified headlights. It may also be safe to anticipate that the new SUV will be slightly lengthened, with longer rear doors for easier third-row access.

Picture credit: Design AG

The 5-seater Corolla Cross is not currently available in India, but the potential inclusion of a 7-seater variant could be a highly appreciated expansion to the existing lineup. This stretched-out Corolla Cross is an effort by Toyota to address the increasing demand for 7-seater SUVs for the Indian market, and an attempt to compete with rivals such as Hyundai who has flooded the market with the 7-seater Alcazar.

The lingering question in all our minds is whether this larger Corolla Cross will make its way to Malaysia. It would be interesting to see if there is a market for it, when it has to compete with the affordable Perodua Aruz, and Toyota’s own Velloz.
 

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