As previously reported, Toyota is expanding the Corolla lineup for 2022 with the addition of a small SUV variant called Corolla Cross. That model will join the sedan (gasoline and hybrid) and the hatchback to give customers even more selection and versatility.
The Car Guide was invited to attend a static demonstration of this new vehicle that will inevitably enjoy a lot of success across the country.
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Right off the bat, the folks at Toyota Canada told us they wanted to capitalize on the Corolla name. Slotting between the C-HR and the extremely popular RAV4, the Corolla Cross uses the same 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine that’s available in the sedan and hatchback. Depending on the configuration, a continuously variable transmission sends power to the front wheels or, optionally, all four.
Likewise, the TNGA-C platform is the same. FWD models ride on a torsion-beam rear suspension while AWD models get an independent setup instead. Towing capacity, in case you need to pull a trailer, is rated at up to 1,500 pounds.
Three trim levels are planned at launch including L, LE and XLE. Production will take place at a new Toyota-Mazda assembly plant in Huntsville, Alabama.
As for fuel consumption, Toyota claims the Corolla Cross will achieve 7.4-7.8 L/100 km depending on the drivetrain.
Surprisingly, no hybrid model is offered in Canada. Remember, we’re talking about the world leader in gas-electric vehicles. The new Sienna and Venza, for example, are available exclusively with a hybrid powertrain.
Could a Corolla Cross Hybrid join the family at some point in the future? That was our impression from this media event. More upscale trim levels and possibly a Nightshade Edition could follow, as well.
The 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross will go on sale in October. Canadian pricing has yet to be announced.