Toyota’s GR-S version gives the Corolla Cross SUV and Hilux extra links

Toyota’s GR-S version gives the Corolla Cross SUV and Hilux extra links


Toyota presented this Wednesday (13) sports versions of the Corolla Cross and Hilux. The surname GR-Sport, or simply GR-S, identifies cars produced by Gazoo Competition competing in competitions such as WRC and Dakar. With more examples of street sports from Japanese brand. Part of the 2023 Toyota do Brasil lineup, SUVs and pickups bring some unique products, especially in appearance. The two arrive with prices starting at R$188,490 for the Corolla Cross and R$348,790 for the Hilux.

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Starting with the Corolla GR-Sport Cross, it is worth remembering that, for example, this option has never appeared. Launched in 2021, it is the first time a mid-size SUV has been dressed in the sports category.

Corolla Cross GR Sport
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The SUV is made in Sorocaba (SP) and, in the GR-S version, features the familiar 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine. Flexible, it produces a maximum power of 177 hp and a torque of 21.4 mkgf at 4,400 rpm. This thruster is in a non-hybrid configuration.

However, in the case of sports configuration, there is a new modification for the McPherson type suspension. In addition, a new structural arm helped make the car more stable in corners. According to Toyota, the shock absorbers also have a new valve adjustment. The chassis and rear received reinforcements in the design. Therefore, there are more changes in management responses.

Details

Visually, Corolla Cross GR-Sport differs from other versions by the bumper. On the sides, the ventilation is greater. Along with the grille, fog lights and even the logo. Also new are the alloy wheels. They are 18 inches.

In addition, there is a two-color color option. That is, always with a ceiling painted black. GR-Sport badges are located in various places on the bodywork. On the controller on the back plate, the writing is black.

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In the cabin, a good finish prevails and there is a good mix of high-quality materials. In addition, there are red accents on the steering wheel and seats. However, don’t wait for a redesign or new technology. But stitching combined with suede leather gives them sports and. at the same time elegant for an SUV.

Toyota Corolla Cross GR Sport
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feelings

However, the only thing that is unique is the board with the unit’s serial number. Still, Toyota reports that the model will not be produced in a limited series. In other words, sports are not the main purpose of an SUV. Therefore, the brand wants to attract customers who appreciate these differences.

Behind the wheel, the model’s response is still very good. On the track, an unusual environment for many SUV customers, the car showed strength and durability. Thanks to the adjustments made to the power assist management software, operation became stable.

The CVT-type automatic transmission simulates ten gears. “Swaps” happen smoothly and can be done through the fins behind the steering wheel. At high speed, the engine revs up a lot. After all, this type of transmission is aimed at comfort and not sports. Either way, sound blocking does the trick.

Since the evaluation was carried out on the track, it was not possible to evaluate the SUV on wet pavement or bumps. Overall, the Corolla Cross GR-S is very good. In this sense, the best standing system is collaborative.

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Hilux pickup is more powerful

Produced in Zárate, Argentina, the Hilux GR-Sport differs from other versions not only in terms of appearance. That is, unlike the Corolla Cross, it also received modifications in mechanics.

For this reason, the suspension was redesigned, with changes in the thickness of the monotube dampers. Therefore, the system has become more complex and ensures improved dynamics, especially off-road. Thus, it was possible to detect changes in the off-road path in places such as steep slopes and even submerged in a flooded area.

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The pickup’s 2.8 turbodiesel engine, which was already on the GR-Sport versions in 2018 and 2019, got more power. So, it gained 20 hp and continued to produce 224 hp. Similarly, the torque has increased by 10%. That is, it rose to 55 mkgf at 2,800 rpm. The transmission, a six-speed automatic, got an update to the electronic management map.

Rival of the Chevrolet S10 Z71, from the Ford Ranger FX4 and company, the Hilux GR-S was placed on top of the SRX version. However, due to the sports design, the seats are not heated and cooled. The logo referring to the new line option is in several parts of the cabin, such as the steering wheel, the instrument panel and the engine start button, for example.

Toyota Hilux GR Sport
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On the outside, in summary, there are differences in details such as fog lamp frames. As well as a new black grille with the name “Toyota” in bold letters, wide fenders, 17″ wheels and all-terrain tires. red, black and white. The hood handles, roof and doors are painted black, as is the rear bumper. .

Features of the SUV and pickup series

The Corolla Cross GR-Sport’s equipment list includes dual-zone digital climate control. The multimedia center has a 9 “screen, a USB port and allows the mirror of the mobile phone and the Android Auto and Apple CarPlay systems. In addition, the instrument panel has a 7” TFT screen.

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In terms of safety, there is Toyota Safety Sense. This package includes a forward collision system with pedestrian and cyclist detection. With adaptive cruise control. Blind spot warning and a system that signals involuntary departure of the truck as well. Likewise, the SUV has a rear camera, front and rear parking sensors and traffic alert, among other things.

The Hilux GR-Sport comes standard with LED headlights and headlights with automatic height adjustment. The multimedia system includes a GPS navigator and an 8″ touchscreen. On the other hand, the sound system has eight speakers and a subwoofer. Finally, there is a rear camera with a 360° view. In addition, the model has obstacle sensors on front and back.

4×4 traction, hill and slope start assistant, rear differential lock and ECO and Power driving modes are among the main features. Finally, the difference has less electronic slippage. There are also seven airbags and an Isofix child seat attachment system.

Updated 4/15 at 1:28 pm

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  • direct operation
  • Looks sporty, but not overly so
  • Torque is released with a slight delay
  • Power could be increased, as in the Hilux

  • The power of the diesel engine is more powerful than 2.8
  • Absence of bumps while driving
  • High Price
  • Exchange may be a little more accurate

Toyota Corolla Cross GR Sport

Engine

2.0, dual VVT-iE, 16V, DOHC, flex

Engine

2.8, 16V, turbo, diesel

strength

177 hp at 6,600 rpm (data with ethanol)

strength

224 hp at 3,600 rpm

Torque

21.4 mkgf at 4,400 rpm (data with ethanol)

Torque

55 mkgf at 2,800 rpm

Exchange

Automatic Shift CVT with 10-speed simulation

Exchange

Automatic, 6 gears

stopped in front

Independent, MacPherson strut with coil springs and stabilizer bar

stopped in front

Self-supporting, dual expectations, coil springs and stability bar

rear suspension

Torsion axle with coil springs and stabilizer bar

rear suspension

Solid axle, two-stage semi-elliptic springs (Light Duty Suspension)

Weight (running order)

1,420 kg

Weight (running order)

2,135 kilos