Toyota widens its range of SUVs, as roughly each automaker is doing right now. Instead of creating new models with new identities, the Japanese manufacturer derives from small SUVs linked to its famous compact runabouts, the Yaris and Corolla. The Corolla Cross is the most recent addition, but could Toyota extend this spinoff trend to a small pickup?
This is the question that a new set of renderings from KDesign AG on Bēhance.net seeks to answer. The Corolla Cross made its debut on July 8 in Thailand, where it will remain at least in the near future. It’s not an effort to imagine the monohull crossover with a small bed in the back, although the rendering adds some length behind the rear wheels to get there. The design has something of a Subaru Baja vibe, probably because the essence of the Corolla is at the heart of this creation instead of a brutal SUV. Roof racks are also a factor.
Would Toyota build such a vehicle? It is extremely unlikely given that the manufacturer already has a good seller in the small truck segment, namely the Tacoma. Nearly 249,000 Tacos were sold in 2019, but a Corolla Cross slipped under this medium-sized truck. It’s a segment that currently doesn’t really exist, although we’ve seen Ford testing a small Sub-Ranger pickup that could hit the market in 2022. It is possible that a smaller supply of Toyota front-wheel drive could fill a niche, but it would be a small one.
Photo credit: KDesign AG / Behance.net
He also ignores the reality that, although trucks are still as popular in the United States, SUVs dominate the world. It is not clear at the moment whether Toyota will even bring its Corolla Cross to the American coast, where a truck version could have better chances of making sales. However, it is an interesting concept that we raise our eyebrows again at the notion of a micro crossover. Be sure to click on the source link below for more renderings of this creative endeavor.