- Will Sharpe
Toyota’s new product showcase revealed exciting news: The Corolla name will make its way onto an all-new compact crossover. Simply called the Corolla Cross, it is based on the Corolla sedan but with the increased capabilities of a crossover SUV. Look for the 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross in dealer showrooms in fall 2021.
Toyota says this new SUV will have a 169-horsepower engine that will send power to either the front wheels or (with the optional all-wheel drive) all four wheels through Toyota’s Direct Shift CVT. This is the same engine and transmission combo that the Corolla sedan uses on the sportier “S” models.
The Corolla Cross will ride on 17-or 18-inch wheels, and it features LED accent lighting flanking a distinctive black grille on the front, as well as an integrated spoiler in the rear. The styling can be described best as sporty with a touch of class. The looks and the ride height indicate that this SUV is intended for mostly paved roads - this isn’t a TRD Pro, but it isn’t trying to be one, either. Customers who need an SUV for inclement weather or the occasional ski trip should find that the optional AWD suits their needs just fine.
Inside, the Corolla Cross is technology-forward. The available 8-inch multimedia screen in the center of the dash as well as the available 7 inch Multi-Information Display with digital instrumentation for the driver show that Toyota is serious about technology in its vehicles. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto support is standard on all models, and a nine-speaker JBL sound system is optional on all but the base Corolla Cross. Safety is also a priority - all Corolla Cross vehicles come standard with Toyota Safety Sense, as well as nine airbags throughout the cabin.
With an estimated combined fuel economy of 30 mpg or more on all models, the Corolla Cross is as efficient as it is practical. Consumer demand for crossovers is red-hot, and Toyota should be able to sell as many examples of the Corolla Cross as it can build.
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