car news desk, Toyota Kirloskar Motor is reportedly looking to launch a new SUV, which will be based on the Corolla Cross. However, it will be longer than its donor sibling and will come with a 7-seater configuration. In terms of pricing and positioning, the new Toyota SUV will take on the likes of the Mahindra XUV700, Hyundai Tucson, Hyundai Alcazar and the Jeep Meridian.
The model will be based on the modular TNGA-C platform, offering FWD and AWD systems. This is the same platform on which the new Toyota Innova Highcross is also based. Apart from the platform, the new Toyota 7-seater SUV will share features and powertrain with the throw-row MPV. It could also come with a power-operated tailgate. It may also get flat foldable seats. Efforts have been made to make entry/exit easier for the third row passengers, for which the carmaker may provide longer rear doors compared to the Corolla Cross. Some changes can be seen in its C and D pillars. The newly designed grille, headlamps and bumper can be seen in its front.
The Toyota Corolla Cross 7-seater SUV could be offered with 2.0L, 4-cylinder Atkinson cycle and 2.0L petrol engine options from the Innova Hycross. The former setup gets an e-drive transmission, producing 184bhp of combined power while the latter produces 172bhp of power and 205Nm of torque mated to a CVT gearbox. Both come with FWD (front-wheel drive) systems.