► New SUV plugs the gap between C-HR and RAV4
► Styling takes cues from Aygo X and Yaris Cross
► 2.0-litre hybrid engine, choice of front- or all-wheel drive
On sale in 2022, this is the freshly unveiled European version of the Toyota Corolla Cross, a new entry into Europe’s most competitive market segment. It’s a Qashqai-sized five-seat crossover that’s roomier and more practical than the big-selling C-HR and more compact than the RAV4. Built in Japan, it will be available with a 2.0-litre non-plug-in hybrid engine, driving the front or all four wheels via Toyota’s CVT gearbox.
It also debuts two significant bits of new technology that will spread throughout the Toyota range: a new infotainment system and an evolution of Toyota’s hybrid system.
The new multimedia system includes a 12.3in instrument panel – the largest in its segment, says Toyota – and 10.5in central display with more processing power. Wireless Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto are included, and it can benefit from over-the-air updates.
As well as the new multimedia system, the main changes for the European market are the grille and lights.
Changes to the hybrid system – now in its fifth generation – include a more powerful yet much lighter battery pack, recalibrated transmission and increased outputs from the 2.0-litre petrol four and e-motor (or e-motors in the case of the all-wheel-drive vesion, which has a second motor, positioned on the rear axle).
Peak power output is 196bhp. Expect a 0-62mph time of 8.1 seconds for both versions.
The Corolla Cross doesn’t replace anything in the Toyota range, taking its place alongside the Corolla hatch, estate and saloon. We’ll share more details on price, UK spec and timing when we have them.