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Toyota Frontlander teased and it will soon join the Japanese brand's global line-up. The upcoming Toyota Frontlander SUV is based on the Toyota Corolla Cross.
In Toyota's global product portfolio, the upcoming Toyota Frontlander will be positioned below the Toyota RAV4 SUV.
Speaking about Toyota RAV4, it is one of Toyota's most popular SUVs and it will soon come to India.
Coming back, the Toyota Corolla Cross which the upcoming Toyota Frontlander is based upon was recently revealed a few months ago and it is currently sold in the US and few other South-East Asian markets.
According to sources, the upcoming Toyota Frontlander will be initially launched in China, followed by other international markets in later stages.
In China, the Toyota Frontlander will be produced in collaboration with the Chinese automaker GAC. The joint venture already sells the Toyota RAV4 in China as the Toyota Crown Klugger and the upcoming Toyota Frontlander will be positioned below it.
As we can see that the upcoming Toyota Frontlander is most likely a reprofiled Toyota Corolla Cross with a Left-Hand Drive layout.
Apart from that, for the Chinese market, Toyota will slightly tweak the overall styling to suit the interests of a Chinese buyer. This styling tweak will be mostly done by Toyota's Chinese division.
We expect these visual changes will be limited to the design of the radiator grille, front and rear bumpers, headlights, tail lamps and alloy wheels.
However, little or no change will take place under the skin, and it is expected to be powered by a 1.8-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine with electrical assistance for improved performance and efficiency.
This means that the upcoming Toyota Frontlander will be a hybrid SUV. However, we are not sure whether it will be an SUV with an AWD layout.
Apart from that, Toyota is also looking forward to launching the Toyota RAV4 in India, and it is currently being tested in the country.
According to rumours, Toyota RAV4 will be brought to India via the CBU route and it will be limited to just 2,500 units per year. This limitation is implemented by Toyota to overcome the need for homologation.
The upcoming Toyota RAV4 is most likely to be offered in two guises; FWD and AWD. Both models use a 2.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine paired with a CVT gearbox.
However, the FWD model uses just one electric motor for a total power output of 215 bhp, whereas the AWD variant uses two electric motors for a combined power output of 221 bhp.
Expect Toyota RAV4 to come with features such as LED headlamps, LED taillamps, digital rear-view mirror, Toyota Remote Connect, etc.
Safety-wise, Toyota RAV4 is more likely to get safety kits such as parking assist with auto braking, blind-spot monitoring with rear-cross traffic alert, pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, auto emergency braking, radar-based cruise control, automatic high beams, lane keep assist, lane departure alert with steering assist, and road sign recognition.
Since the Toyota RAV4 will be imported to India, we expect a hefty price tag of around Rs 60 lakh.
Thoughts About Toyota Frontlander
Since the Toyota Frontlander is based on the Toyota Corolla Cross, it would be great if Toyota introduces it in India.
Apart from that, it would be better if Toyota could locally produce the RAV4 to lower the price tag.