2021 Toyota Corolla Cross – Lookaround & Test Drive

There’s a new crossover in Toyota’s line-up, one that wears a very famous name. It’s called the Toyota Corolla Cross and it’s all set to go on sale in the ASEAN region before being rolled out in other markets.

As the name suggests, the Corolla Cross is the crossover derivative of the Corolla sedan that much of the world is familiar with. The familiar sedan and new crossover are built on Toyota’s TNGA platform and there are commonalities in engines too. Measuring 4,460mm long, 1,825mm wide and 1,620mm tall, the Corolla Cross is marginally larger than the C-HR (they are equally long in wheelbase) but slightly smaller than the RAV4. In terms of positioning, the Corolla Cross would be pitched as a more affordable and practical alternative to the coupe-like C-HR.

The Corolla Cross is unmistakably Toyota in look, though it’s most similar to the RAV4. The Corolla Cross gets a pronounced black grille as well as sharp headlights and LED daytime running lights. Additionally, black bumpers, side skirts, and wheel arches add rugged appeal.

A closer look reveals that the Corolla Cross actually shares a lot of its body panels and has an almost identical interior to the recently unveiled Suzuki ACross SUV. The cabin features a monotone theme with a few contrasting bits, along with a large touchscreen infotainment system taking centre stage.

The Corolla Cross will go on sale with two engine options. There’s a 1.8-liter 2ZR-FBE petrol engine that makes 140hp and 175Nm of torque and comes mated to a CVT gearbox. A petrol-electric hybrid that features a 98hp, 1.8-litre petrol engine working in conjunction with a 72hp, electric motor will also be on offer. The hybrid will be offered with Toyota’s e-CVT gearbox.

Toyota hasn’t announced whether or not it’s coming to the U.S., but the company trademarked the Corolla Cross name in America.

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