Toyota Corolla Cross gets GR-S treatment

The latest model to receive the GR treatment in Toyota’s lineup is the ever-popular Toyota Corolla Cross. This homemade crossover was launched on the market in the last quarter of 2021 and became an instant success story. It often topped passenger car sales charts, while also being crowned South African Car of the Year (SA COTY).

As part of the ongoing expansion of the Gazoo Racing (also known as GR) brand, the Corolla Cross is the latest model to be decorated with the GR badge.

Toyota Corolla Cross GR Brand Hierarchy

The GR product hierarchy consists of four levels; Represented as a pyramid, the first tier is GR Parts (currently under investigation for SA) which allows customers to inject their natural model variant with a GR flavor, followed by the GR-Sport title that provides cosmetic and dynamic improvements to the handling (Hilux and Land Cruiser 300). The third tier is occupied by full GR performance models (GR86, GR Yaris, GR Supra), while the fourth and final tier is GRMN – which represents the highest level of performance tuning.


The Corolla Cross GR-S features a custom exterior package with a modified front grille, finished in gloss black, which now extends toward the headlight assembly. The lower apron is also finished in glossy black along with the signature “GR Mesh”. Another distinction from the “regular” Corolla Cross is the vertical air ducts that include integrated fog lamp units. A strong horizontal crossbar and large Toyota badges complement the bold front.

Black exterior mirrors are paired with a black roof and black roof rails for a sporty two-tone design. The rear calls for a black roof spoiler, a black tailgate trim, and a tinted rear bumper diffuser to reflect the look of the GR. The package is completed with a rear-mounted GR badge.

Three exterior colors are offered to match the GR brand’s colors: Arizona Red Bi-Tone, Chromium Silver Bi-Tone and Glacier White Bi-Tone.

interior design

The elegant simplicity and great ergonomics of the Corolla Cross’s cabin are preserved, while adding a dose of flair. The interior features elegant all-black leather (infused with GR embossing on the front headrests) that perfectly matches the look of the GR with the addition of red contrast stitching and red perforation. These details are complemented by a red stripe on the dashboard and a black piano surface detail. The package is finished with a massive 3-spoke steering wheel with red stitching and piano black accents.

Riding and handling

Under the skin, new shock absorbers and modified coil springs improve dynamic performance without detracting from ride comfort. This is complemented by a retuned steering unit (EPS) – to provide more responsive handling, feedback from the steering wheel, and cornering versatility.

The stock rolling stock consists of unique 18-inch alloy wheels with 225/50/R18 tires.

GR-S: Engine and Propulsion

The Corolla Cross GR-S uses the current 1.8-liter 2ZR-FE petrol engine, paired with a CVT transmission with seven pre-programmed steps to simulate the close-ratio transmission in manual transmission mode. It generates 103 kW and 172 Nm while sipping just 6.8 l / 100 km in the combined cycle.

GR-S: Specifications and Features

Using the Xr grade as a basis, the standard specification is substantive. Keyless entry, power-adjustable and auto-retracting outside mirrors, one-touch universal power windows, LED lighting units, cruise control, TFT multi-information display (MID), dual-zone climate control, reverse camera, parking distance control (PDC) , rain-sensing wipers and interior LED lighting are all on board. The infotainment system is a variety of touchscreens, with smartphone connectivity support and multiple USB inputs available.

safety security

The Corolla Cross GR-S is equipped with the Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) system. It offers a full suite of active safety aids including adaptive cruise control, blind spot monitoring (BSM), lane tracking assist (LTA) and pre-collision system (PCS). They are joined by ABS, VSC, EBD, Hill Assist Control (HAC) and brake assist systems, as well as passive safety aids such as ISOFIX and a full suite of airbags.

Toyota Corolla Cross cars range and prices

Corolla Cross 1.8i GR-S – 453200

Peace of mind

All Corolla Cross models are sold with a 6-service/90,000 km service plan (intervals at 15,000 km) and a 3-year/100,000 km warranty. Extended Service and Warranty Plan can also be purchased at any Toyota Dealership (220 outlets).

All Toyota models come equipped with Toyota Connect, including free 15GB in car Wi-Fi customization, in-car telematics and enhanced user features via the MyToyota app.

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