AUTO NEWS – New 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross launched in Japan

New 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross launched in Japan

Toyoya has launched the brand new Corolla Cross in Japan. Costs begin from the equal of round £13,000 for the most cost effective 1.8-litre variant, climbing to round £21,000 for the range-topping hybrid mannequin.

Whereas this launch doesn’t bear a lot relevance to the UK in the meanwhile, there’s an opportunity the Corolla Cross might get away of its Asian homeland and into the European market, the place it’ll turn out to be one more rival for the Nissan Qashqai, SEAT Ateca and Peugeot 3008.

Toyota nonetheless hasn’t confirmed whether or not the Corolla Cross will make it to Europe, however the agency’s line-up is turning into more and more worldwide – particularly in terms of SUVs.

For instance, the Toyota Highlander (which was historically a mannequin reserved for Japan, Australia and america) was just lately launched to the UK. The present-generation Camry was additionally introduced again to Britain after a 14-year hiatus.

Our spy photographers just lately noticed a camouflaged model of the Corolla Cross present process testing in america, suggesting an imminent launch for the area – and if Toyota adopts the identical technique as for the Highlander, then the UK may not be far behind.

The corporate’s new European boss, Matt Harrison, has additionally hinted {that a} new SUV the scale of the Corolla Cross is on its approach to Europe. Final 12 months, he advised us: “The best way we see the segments increasing, some are so huge frankly you can’t cowl them with one product.

“You want a few entries, a minimum of, throughout the section. C-HR is an efficient instance; with C-HR, we’re efficiently delivering eight per cent section share with a product that’s an emotional selection. It’s chosen for type, design and driveability moderately than outright practicality.

“However there’s a complete big chunk of the C-SUV section that we don’t actually attraction to. We’re taking part in on the high finish of the C-SUV section and fishing into the premium section, nearly. So we see additional alternatives with SUV merchandise, frankly.”

The Corolla Cross might be the mannequin to plug that hole, sitting alongside the C-HR as a extra sensible various and a go-between for it and the bigger RAV4. As such, by the point it reaches the UK, it’ll must have a beginning worth of round £24,000. Right here’s every thing we all know in regards to the Corolla Cross to this point:

New 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross: platform and powertrain

The Corolla Cross is predicated on the identical GA-C platform because the Corolla hatchback, which is accessible with a selection of two 1.8-litre four-cylinder petrol engines in Japan. 

The most cost effective £13,000 possibility has no electrical help, whereas costlier variants get the identical 120bhp hybrid powertrain discovered within the Toyota Prius. If the SUV does make it to the UK, it’ll possible solely be obtainable with the hybrid system.

Japanese patrons can have the 1.8-litre hybrid with an electrified rear axle, too, bringing four-wheel drive, whereas the Malaysian model of the automobile is accessible with a 181bhp 2.0-litre petrol hybrid powertrain. Each engine provided on the SUV can be mated to a CVT gearbox.

The brand new SUV measures 4,460mm lengthy, 1,825mm vast and 1,620mm tall. There’s additionally sufficient house inside for 5 adults and a boot sufficiently big to carry 487 litres, which locations the Corolla Cross effectively forward of the C-HR’s 377-litre capability. The tailgate can be specified with a kick-sensor underneath the rear bumper.

New 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross: design and inside

Toyota appears to have used the smaller Yaris Cross as a place to begin for the Corolla Cross’s design. Judging by the similarities between our spy photographs and Toyota’s official pictures, the automobile’s styling gained’t change for its western debut, both.

The Corolla Cross shares the identical tall radiator grille, slim headlamps and profile because the Yaris Cross. Even the cladding across the SUV’s wheel arches and sills is acquainted, nevertheless it’s nonetheless a radical departure from the Corolla hatchback’s styling language.

Specs differ in accordance with area, however essentially the most well-equipped variations of the Corolla Cross include a wi-fi smartphone charger, electrical seats, computerized air con, a 4.2-inch digital show for the gauge cluster and a nine-inch infotainment system, which additionally seems to be shared with the brand new Yaris Cross.

Toyota has additionally fitted a 100-volt accent socket with an emergency energy provide operate to the Corolla Cross, which it says can be utilized to energy family home equipment corresponding to a kettle within the occasion of an influence lower. There’s additionally a bunch of help expertise, corresponding to hill-hold help, parking sensors and performance which mitigates unintended acceleration.

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AUTO NEWS – New 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross launched in Japan


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