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SUVs are enjoying unprecedented popularity in the market, and that’s thanks to their versatility, their toughness and their dynamic exteriors. But among all of the competitors in the market, Toyota SUVs stand out from the pack due to their unmatched reliability and outstanding driving experience, not to mention their bold and sophisticated design.
But what happens when Toyota decides to transform the world’s best-selling car, the Toyota Corolla, into a new SUV? The result is the all-new 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross, an SUV that is sure to take the competition by storm!
What are its specs? When will it arrive? What does it look like? Your Sherbrooke Toyota dealer near Magog tells you all about it!
The 2022 Corolla Cross was unveiled in Thailand in July 2020. And while its release date for the North American market has not been revealed yet, it will be available around the world in the coming months.
Although it carries the Corolla name, this new Toyota SUV is not simply a Corolla with SUV exterior. In fact, although the 2 vehicles share many characteristics, such as the TNGA-C architecture, these are 2 completely different vehicles. According to the latest rumours, the new Corolla Cross will be assembled in Alabama as early as September, and will be available for sale in North America for the 2022 model year. We are willing to bet that plenty of people will rush to their dealerships to be among the first to try-out this brand new SUV!
To date, it is unclear whether the Corolla Cross will keep this name or if it will be renamed for our market. We’ll keep you updated!
The design of the Corolla Cross is closer to a new SUV than it is to the sedan from which it takes its name. Its dimensions place it between the Toyota C-HR and the popular RAV4, as it is 4,460 mm long, 1,825 mm wide and 1,620 mm tall, while its wheelbase is equal to that of the C-HR, at 2,640 mm. In terms of cargo space, Asian market figures reveal that it offers 487 litres of trunk space; however, the North American version may be bigger and offer more space than the C-HR, which offers close to 540 litres.
One of the first things you will notice about the 2022 Corolla Cross is its imposing front grille, which is reminiscent of other Corolla SUVs. The black-rimmed wheel arches, tapered headlights and rugged front and rear ends make it a very attractive SUV. It will be equipped with 17 or 18 inch wheels according to the latest specs available.
Not much is known yet regarding the interior of the 2022 Corolla Cross, but the first images published showed a sleek interior that can seat up to 5 passengers. We also assume that it will include the same features found in other Toyota models, such as heated seats, air conditioning and navigation as well as several infotainment features. And let’s not forget the Toyota Safety Sense suite and other advanced safety technologies.
More details on the equipment of the Corolla Cross will become available as we approach to the launch date.
The version unveiled in Thailand offers the choice of 2 engines: a gasoline engine and a hybrid powertrain. However, we cannot confirm if these two options will be offered in the North American market as well, and if the engines that power them will also be the same.
If you were wondering, the gasoline model revealed in Asia is equipped with the same engine as the Corolla, namely a 1.8 L 4-cylinder engine that generates 140 horsepower and 129 lb-ft of torque. It is paired with a Super CVT-i transmission. That being said, Toyota might offer our market a more powerful engine.
In the case of the hybrid model, it is equipped with a 98-horsepower Atkinson-cycle four-cylinder engine, combined with a 72-horsepower electric motor and an electronically controlled continuously variable transmission.
The Corolla Cross comes standard with front-wheel drive, while all-wheel drive is also available on option.
The price range of the 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross has not been revealed yet, but we are certain that it will be a strong competitor to the Honda HR-V, Kia Seltos and Mazda CX-30, among others.
If you’re interested in this model, be sure not to miss our next publications. We also invite you to stop by and visit us at Sherbrooke Toyota near Magog! Our team will be happy to tell you all about this brand new Toyota SUV!