Toyota Frontlander SUV Teased Before Its Global Debut
Toyota has teased a brand-new SUV, which will be known as the Toyota Frontlander when it makes its premiere. This new SUV appears to be a rebadged version of Toyota’s newly released Corolla Cross SUV, which is already on the market in Europe. The new Toyota Frontlander SUV is expected to be released first in China, followed by other regions.
The new Toyota Frontlander will be developed by Toyota in collaboration with Chinese firm GAC and will sit underneath the RAV4. The JV already sells a few Toyota models and SUVs, such as the Wildlander and Crown Klugger, which are nearly identical to the RAV4 and Highlander SUVs marketed around the world.
The Frontlander SUV is nearly identical to the Corolla Cross, which is now on the market in Japan. When compared to variants offered in ASEAN markets and the United States, it has a distinct design. The Frontlander and Corolla Cross SUVs have very identical side profiles, but the former has different headlamps, front grille and bumper, and a mildly revised rear bumper.
The Frontlander is built on Toyota‘s TNGA modular platform, which is used to build a variety of cars and SUVs around the world. A 1.8-liter petrol engine with hybrid technology will be the only engine available, with AWD as standard on most models.
While the Frontlander is likely to be left-hand drive only, the Corolla Cross is offered in right-hand drive areas such as Thailand. However, there is no indication that the SUV would be available in India very soon. Instead, the RAV4 SUV, which has been observed testing in India, is scheduled to arrive. In addition, the Fortuner is slated to get a makeover in the near future.