Toyota is capitalizing on the rising reputation of crossovers by increasing the worldwide Corolla lineup to incorporate such a mannequin. Meet the Corolla Cross, which Toyota unveiled in Thailand. Whereas the automaker stays mum on the mannequin’s future within the U.S., we see nice potential for the Corolla Cross on our shores.
When it comes to measurement, the small crossover slots between the subcompact C-HR and the compact RAV4. Oddly sufficient, it bears little resemblance to the remainder of the Corolla household. With sharp headlights and extra rounded proportions than the RAV4, the design is pleasant, albeit standard.
Just like the RAV4, the Corolla Cross is designed with practicality in thoughts. The automaker guarantees massive door openings for simple entry and exit, an elevated driving place, and a spacious inside. Toyota is aiming for class-leading baggage house within the Thai market. Consolation and comfort options embody a 9.0-inch touchscreen, an influence moonroof, rear USB retailers, LED headlights and taillights, a foot-activated liftgate, and extra.
The Corolla Cross presents two powertrain choices in Thailand. The primary is a 1.8-liter engine that produces roughly 138 hp and 130 lb-ft of torque. A four-cylinder gasoline-electric hybrid unit, in the meantime, makes roughly 120 hp. Entrance-wheel-drive and an automated transmission come normal with each powertrains.
Given how a lot American prospects love crossovers, we expect the Corolla Cross would make a superb addition to Toyota’s U.S. lineup. However there is not any approach of figuring out whether or not it is headed our approach. Toyota USA wrote in a press release that, “The Corolla Cross revealed in Thailand . . . is an thrilling new Toyota product that shall be accessible in choose markets world wide. Right now, no selections or bulletins have been made with regard to this automobile coming to the U.S.”
The Corolla Cross debuts just some months after Toyota launched the extra boldly designed Yaris Cross crossover SUV. That mannequin, sadly, will not be coming to our market. Let’s hope the Corolla Cross has a special destiny, because it may function a pleasant different to the quirky, however considerably flawed, C-HR. We think about it will additionally promote like hotcakes.
|Toyota Corolla Cross||Toyota RAV4||Honda HR-V|
|Size (in. )||175.6||180.9||170.4|
|Width (in. )||71.9||73||69.8|
|Top (in. )||63.8||67||63.2|
|Curb weight (lbs. )||2,921||3,370||2,906|
|Hybrid curb weight (lbs. )||3,053||3,710||n/a|
*Chart compares the Thai-market Corolla Cross to the U.S.-market RAV4 and HR-V