Toyota unveils the all-new 2022 Corolla Cross subcompact SUV

Toyota has taken the wraps off its 2022 Corolla Cross, an all-new subcompact sport-utility based on the Corolla sedan’s platform, and which goes on sale in the third quarter of 2021.

It will be built at Toyota’s plant in Alabama, and will be sold alongside the existing Toyota C-HR subcompact crossover, but Toyota Canada says it expects the Corolla Cross will eventually be the better-selling of the two. Trim levels will be the L, LE, and XLE.

The Corolla Cross will use the 2.0L “Dynamic Force” four-cylinder engine from the Corolla SE and XSE trim levels, making 169 horsepower. It will be mated to a Direct Shift continuously-variable transmission (CVT), which includes a physical first gear for initial acceleration.

It will come in front- or all-wheel-drive. The AWD system disengages completely when it’s not needed, for improved fuel economy, but can send up to 50 per cent of power to the rear wheels when more traction is required. Combined city/highway fuel economy is estimated at 7.4 L/100 km in FWD, and at 7.8 L/100 in all-wheel.

Toyota hinted at a hybrid version as well, but would not confirm, and said it will “study the market.”

The exterior styling is unique to the Corolla Cross, and includes a black grille, black trim accents, LED lights, and wheel choices ranging from 17-inch steel wheels on the L trim level; to 18-inch alloy wheels on the XLE.

The sight line is higher than in the Corolla sedan, but the cabin design is similar. All Corolla Cross trim levels include heated front seats, and the LE and XLE add a heated steering wheel. Apple CarPlay and Android Auto are standard, along with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0, which includes adaptive cruise control, lane-departure alert, emergency front braking, and automatic high-beam headlamps.

Other available features will include single- or dual-zone automatic climate control, blind-spot monitoring, front and rear parking assist, 8-inch multimedia touchscreen, power sunroof, SofTex leather-look upholstery trim, ten-way power driver’s seat, rear-seat USB charging ports, and premium JBL sound system.

Full specifications aren’t available yet, but Toyota said it expects to be near the top of the segment for cargo capacity, and will have 60/40 split-folding rear seats. The cargo loading height is the same as on the Corolla sedan, and a power liftgate is available. The Corolla Cross can also tow up to 1,500 lbs, and dealer accessories will include a mount for carrying bicycles.

Pricing for the 2022 Corolla Cross will be announced closer to its launch.


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