As Toyota moves through its model line-up and applies its GR treatment, its time to add the newly launched Corolla Cross to the GR brand. This locally built crossover was brought to market at the end of 2021 and since entry it has become an instant success story, frequently topping the passenger-vehicle sales charts and crowned South African Car of the year.
GR stands for Gazoo Racing which is the known logo used in all Toyota racing events. The GR package is applied in three layers, first is GR parts which allows customers to inject their normal model variant with GR flavour. Next is GR-Sport which offers cosmetic and dynamic handling enhancements, then lastly GR-Performance which is occupied by fully-fledged models such as the GR86, GR Yaris and GR Supra.
For the Corolla Cross GR-S the buyer gets three bi-tone colour options with black roof treatment, black 18-inch alloy wheels, GR badging and unique GR-themed interior accents. Under the skin, revised suspension componentry and tuning are complimented by recalibrated power steering to deliver responsive handling, steering wheel feedback and cornering prowess.
The Corolla Cross employs the existing 1.8-litre 2ZR-FE petrol engine, coupled to a CVT transmission with seven pre-programmed steps to simulate a close-ration transmission in manual shift mode.
At a retail price of R453 200 the new Corolla cross 1.8 GR-S is sold with a 6-year service/90 000km service plan and a 3-year/100 000km warranty. Both can be extended at time of purchase.
As with all Toyota models the GR-S comes with complimentary 15 Gb in car Wi-Fi allocation, vehicle telematics and enhanced user features via the MyToyota app.