What is TNGA-C Platform?
The Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) are modular automobile platforms that underpin various Toyota and Lexus models since 2015. TNGA platforms accommodate different vehicle sizes and also front, rear and all-wheel drive configurations. The platforms were developed as part of a company-wide effort to simplify the vehicles being produced by Toyota. Before the introduction of the TNGA, Toyota was building roughly 100 different platform variants. As of 2020, the five TNGA platforms underpin more than 50% of Toyota vehicles sold worldwide and is expected to underpin about 80% by 2023
The TNGA-C platform underpins unibody vehicles in the C-segment or compact car, and subcompact/compact crossover SUV categories. The platform is offered in both front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive variants and is paired with a transverse engine. Toyota Corolla Cross is built on the brand’s TNGA-C Platform and will coexist alongside the Toyota CH-R, serving the crowd looking for a more ‘ conventional’ design to take on the other rival crossover in the region.
The Toyota Corolla Cross does take the edge off a little on the whole ‘blockiness’ theme of the RAV4, with softer edges and rounded corners on most design elements. The character lines above the front and rear wheel arches even features a boomerang-like curved design. The Corolla Cross gets a multi-info digital instrument cluster, dual-zone air conditioning with rear vents, nine-inch infotainment display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, reclining rear seats (up to six degrees) and a powered tailgate with hands-free access.
The Toyota Corolla will be offered with two powertrain options: The base variant will be powered by the same 2ZR-FBE 1.8-litre naturally-aspirated four cylinder engine shared with the Corolla and C-HR, producing 140 hp and 177 Nm of torque. The engine is paired to Super CVT-i transmission. The rest of the model range will be powered by a hybridised 2ZR-FXE mill as seen on the Prius and C-HR Hybrid, which pairs the 1.8-litre engine (98 hp, 142 Nm) to an electric motor (72 hp, 163 Nm) for a combined system output of 122 hp. The hybrid mill is paired to an e-CVT transmission.
Safety wise, the all-new Corolla Cross gets seven airbags as standard. Higher-end variants inherit the Toyota Safety Sense advanced driver assistance suite from the Corolla sedan, which includes features such as Pre-Collision System, Lane Departure Alert with steering assist, Lane Tracing Assist, Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, and Automatic High Beam.