Toyota has revealed yet another addition to its SUV lineup: the 2021 Toyota Corolla Cross. Sitting between the C-HR and the RAV4 in Toyota’s SUV lineup, the Corolla Cross won’t be hitting Australian shores until the second half of 2022.
Available with both petrol and hybrid powertrains, the Corolla Cross appeals to the customer who wants more practicality than a C-HR, though not the extra size of a RAV4.
Riding on the same TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) platform as the existing Corolla sedan/hatch, C-HR and RAV4 and pretty much every other Toyota since the current Prius, the Corolla Cross will likely drive quite well.
According to Toyota, the Corolla Cross will sit in between the C-HR and RAV4. Measuring 4,460mm long, 1,825mm wide, and 1,620mm high – the RAV4 is 155mm longer, 40mm wider and 70mm taller.
Two powertrain options were detailed for the Toyota Corolla Cross for the Thai market where it was revealed: a 1.8-litre petrol engine producing 104kW of power and 175Nm, and the same 90kW 1.8-litre hybrid that’s in the Corolla, C-HR and Prius.
Powertrain options for global markets are yet to be revealed, but apparently the Corolla Cross will come with the same 125kW/200Nm 2.0-litre petrol as the Corolla in Australia, no doubt matched to a CVT auto. Thai models are front-wheel drive, though we expect all-wheel drive to be at least optionally available as in the C-HR.
Revealed initially for the Thai market, the 2021 Toyota Corolla Cross will make its debut in other markets towards the end of 2021. Considering Australia’s massive Toyota SUV consumption, we expect the Corolla Cross to become quite a hit locally for those wanting more practicality than a C-HR, though not the extra size of the RAV4.