The Toyota Corolla Cross has been making waves since it was announced in Thailand in July this year. If you think of it, the Corolla Cross is the perfect overlap of a Venn diagram: the most popular nameplate (the Corolla series has sold a cumulative total of 48 million units in more than 150 countries and regions around the world) with the most popular bodystyle. However, Toyota seem to be taking their time with the rollout of the Corolla Cross across markets.
While Asian markets including its launch market of Thailand are the first to get the Corolla Cross, Europe will be its next travel destination with a phase-wise rollout starting in 2021. Next up in the list would be Australia and New Zealand, however, Toyota has not confirmed the Corolla Cross for the American market, yet. We think it will only be a matter of time before the Corolla Cross makes its way to the USA, probably after Toyota announces its first of six global electric vehicles next year.
The Toyota Corolla Cross gets a hybrid drivetrain as standard in its launch market in Thailand. This is the 2ZR-FXE 1.8-liter four-cylinder unit with e-CVT that does duty on the Corolla Hybrid sedan sold in USA. Similar to the sedan, it makes 122 PS and 105 lb.-ft of torque (142 Nm), all the more reason for Toyota USA to consider bringing the Corolla Cross owing to lower investments required to tool up and homologate the car.
Further, the Toyota Corolla Cross rides on the TNGA-C platform, which is already well scaled for the Corolla and C-HR. Where the Corolla Cross shares the 2,640 mm (104 inches) wheelbase with the C-HR, it is a larger, boxier SUV than then C-HR thanks to its 4,460 mm (175 inch) length, 1,825 mm (72 inch) width and 1,620 mm (64 inch) height. These proportions are respectively 100 mm (4 inches), 30 mm (1.1 inch) and 55 mm (2,15 inches) larger than the C-HR, making the Corolla Cross a perfect sub-RAV4 SUV in the lineup.
On the feature front, the Toyota Corolla Cross borrows the list from the C-HR, so this includes the 7 airbags and raft of safety aids, LED headlights, 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels, sunroof, powered seats with leather upholstery, powered tailgate, dual zone climate control, and a 9-inch touchscreen unit.
With its aggressive styling, larger dimensions than the C-HR, and reliable, hybrid drivetrain from the Corolla sedan, the Toyota Corolla Cross could just be the missing link in Toyota USA’s lineup, especially one that appeals to young buyers a segment which the carmaker is trying hard to crack. The question is, when will Toyota launch the Corolla Cross Hybrid for American buyers.