New Toyota Corolla Cross fills vacant space in the brand’s line-up between C-HR and RAV4
Toyota was among the trendsetters on the planet of SUVs, with its initial RAV4. However the business still thinks it has gaps in its line-up – and it will fill up a significant one with this brand-new design, the Corolla Cross.
The Corolla Cross is made to sit together with the C-HR in Toyota’s range, although each car will certainly have its own distinctive technique. The C-HR has actually constantly been focused more on design than straight-out functionality, whereas the Corolla Cross’s even more upright stance as well as pragmatic shape show its positioning as a full-on family members SUV – a competitor for the likes of the Nissan Qashqai and VW Tiguan.
It’s 4.46 metres long – so a couple of centimetres longer than the Nissan – however the Toyota’s wheelbase is slightly shorter, at 2.64 metres. The car is based upon the very same TNGA architecture that underpins all modern Toyotas, including both the C-HR as well as the bigger RAV4.
The Corolla Cross has actually gotten on sale in various other regions for some time, with varying powertrains, however European-spec cars and trucks will certainly be provided only with the current, 5th generation of Toyota’s crossbreed system. In common type it uses a 2.0-litre engine and a lithium-ion battery, plus a 111bhp front-mounted electric motor for an overall system result of 198bhp. That suffices to take the Corolla Cross from 0-62mph in 8.1 secs.
The cars and truck will certainly additionally be available with four-wheel drive, thanks to a 2nd electrical motor on the back axle – although this configuration doesn’t bring any more general power, due to the fact that the gasoline engine’s outcome is adjusted accordingly.
Toyota asserts the current version of the hybrid set up – which will, in time, be presented on the C-HR and RAV4 – supplies stronger torque as well as greater electric power while not compromising on fuel performance. Toyota says the Corolla Cross has actually been “adapted to European preferences” and highlights modifications consisting of a various front grille, along with brand-new headlights as well as tail-lights. Inside, there’s a 12.3-inch totally digital instrument collection that’s special to European models, as well as a 10.5-inch infotainment system that, in a first for Toyota, can approve over-the-air updates while using cloud navigating and also push-button control functions.
The Corolla Cross will certainly take place sale in Europe in the second fifty percent of 2022. There’s no word yet on pricing, yet we ‘d anticipate it to slot in between the C-HR as well as the bigger RAV4, with a starting figure of around ₤ 29,000.