Could the Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid be the ideal millennial car?

We’re absolutely certain that every regional Toyota office in the world has been paying attention to the Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid since it was announced in Thailand in July 2020. If you think of it, the Corolla Cross is the perfect overlap of a Venn diagram: the most popular nameplate (more than 150 countries and regions around the world have experienced a Corolla) with the trending body style of a crossover. However, Toyota seems to be taking its time with the rollout of the Corolla Cross across markets.

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In July 2020, Thailand became the first country to get the Toyota Corolla Cross, and nearly a year later, in June 2021, the U.S. has confirmed it. And while its hybrid variant isn’t available stateside, it’s definitely on the cards.

Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid teased for the U.S.

Toyota teased a future variant with a blue-tinted brand badge during the 2022 Corolla Cross U.S. debut. While showing the teaser during her presentation, Samantha Goot, General Manager, Vehicle Marketing & Communications, Toyota Motor North America, asked the media to keep “an eye out for an announcement coming for the all-new Corolla Cross as early as next year.” The model in the teaser and the forthcoming announcement Goot referred to is likely the Corolla Cross Hybrid.

2023 Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid teaser
Toyota teased the Hybrid variant at the 2022 Corolla Cross U.S. debut, identified by the blue tint inside the two ovals. Image Source: Toyota

In Thailand, the Toyota Corolla Cross’ hybrid powertrain uses the 2ZR-FXE 1.8-liter four-cylinder unit (with e-CVT) that does duty on the Corolla Hybrid sedan sold in the USA. It generates an identical 122 PS (120 hp) and 142 Nm (105 lb.-ft.) of torque. Another reason for Toyota USA to consider the hybrid system for the crossover is its improving acceptance in the local market. In H1 2021, sales of the Corolla hybrid more than doubled from 6,560 units in H1 2020 to 16,675 units.

The Corolla Cross Hybrid is a big step for Toyota. With fuel efficiency of about 40 mpg and a crossover appeal, it can easily outdo the four-door version of the same car and bring many young customers to the brand.

Features & Specifications

Further, the Corolla Cross rides on the TNGA-C platform, which is already well scaled for the Corolla and C-HR. The Corolla Cross shares the 103.9-inch wheelbase with the C-HR. However, measuring 175.6 inches in length, 71.9 inches in width, and 64.8 inches in height, it is a larger and boxier SUV than the C-HR. The Corolla Cross is 3.0 inches longer, 1.2 inches wider, and 3.2 inches taller than its platform-mate.

Aspect\SpecificationToyota Corolla Cross FWD
Length/Width/Height175.6 in./71.9in./63.4 in.
Wheelbase103.9 in.
Ground Clearance8.1 in./8.2 in.
Cargo Volume w/ second row folded (w/o moonroof)66.8 cu. ft. (FWD)/65.5 cu. ft. (AWD)
Cargo Volume w/ second row folded (w/ moonroof)66.2 cu.ft. (FWD)/65.0 cu. ft. (AWD)
Cargo Volume behind second row (w/o moonroof)26.5 cu. ft. (FWD)/25.2 cu. ft. (AWD)
Cargo Volume behind second row (w moonroof)25.8 cu. ft. (FWD)/24.6 cu. ft. (AWD)
Passenger Volume93.9 cu. ft. (w/ moonroof)/95.0 cu. ft. (w/o moonroof)
Towing Capacity1,500 lbs.

On the feature front, the Toyota Corolla Cross includes nine airbags and a raft of safety aids, LED headlights, 17- or 18-inch alloy wheels, sunroof, 10-way electrically adjustable driver seat, 7-inch MID, powered tailgate, dual-zone climate control, and an 8-inch Audio Plus touchscreen infotainment system with Remote Connect. Similar equipment to the regular Corolla will be available on the hybrid version.

US-spec 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross interior dashboard
The Toyota Corolla Cross offers 24.3 cu. ft. (AWD)/25.5 cu. ft. (FWD) of luggage carrying capacity behind the second row in the gasoline variant. Image Source: Toyota

50 million Corollas

The Toyota Corolla reached a new sales milestone of 50 million units in July 2021. In its twelfth generation and fifty-fifth year of production, it is one of the world’s top-selling cars. From 1966 through 2021, it’s offered in many different styles and configurations, and now it’s also an SUV.

Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid price & release date

Toyota’s newest SUV, the Corolla Cross, could be just what the automaker needs to appeal to a younger demographic. It comes with the proven hybrid drivetrain from the Corolla sedan and resembles a traditional SUV with its modest styling and enhanced practicality. The question is, when exactly will Toyota deliver the Corolla Cross Hybrid for American buyers? The shortage of semiconductors and the demand for regular variants will influence the timeline. So, would it be available during the next model year, or will Toyota push the launch into 2023? Let’s see what happens!

The gas-powered Toyota Corolla Cross goes on sale in the U.S. in October 2021, with prices ranging from USD 22,195 to USD 27,625. If we predict based on these prices, the Hybrid model could launch with a circa USD 25,000 price tag.

Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid FAQs

What is the Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid release date?

The Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid U.S. launch could take place in the second half of 2022 or early 2023.

What will be the Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid price?

The Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid could cost around USD 25,000 onwards in the U.S market.

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