The official 2021 Toyota C-HR page. Find a new C-HR at a Toyota dealership near you, or build & price your own Toyota C-HR online today. Built on the brand’s TNGA-C platform, the all-new compact crossover will coexist alongside the Toyota C-HR, serving the crowd looking for a more “conventional” design to take on other popular crossovers in the region such as the Honda HR-V, Subaru XV, and the Mazda CX-30.
The 2021 Toyota Corolla Cross is what you get if you blend a Corolla with the CH-R – or is it the other way around? Nevertheless, the all-new Corolla Cross was recently unveiled in Thailand. According to the Japanese carmaker, the Thais will have a first dab at the new Corolla Cross this year while other markets will follow soon.
“Now that Corolla Cross has newly joined the Corolla family, we sincerely hope that our customers will warmly welcome the vehicle to become part of their families: just like their partners, siblings, or even friends,” said Daizo Kameyama, Chief Engineer of the Toyota Corolla Cross.
However, specific details are scarce at the moment, but we do know a thing or two about Toyota’s newest high-riding Corolla. For starters, the Corolla Cross is underpinned by the Toyota New Global Architecture platform, or TNGA-C to be specific. It’s the same chassis underneath the Toyota Prius, CH-R crossover, Lexus UX, and of course, the new Corolla sedan and hatchback.
Right off the bat, the new Corolla Cross eerily resembles the Mazda CX-5 with its gaping front grille and slim headlight design. Unsurprisingly, the Corolla Cross shares the same 2,640mm (103.9-inches) wheelbase as the CH-R, but it slots nicely in between the CH-R and RAV4 in terms of overall size.
Toyota’s newest Corolla Cross measures 4,460mm (175.6-inches) in length and is 1,825mm (71.9-inches) wide. The Cross is wider, but a standard Corolla sedan is longer and has a longer wheelbase in this regard.
But since we’re talking about a crossover, the new Corolla Cross is marginally taller at 1,620mm (63.8-inches) compared to the sedan version. Despite being shorter than a Corolla sedan, Toyota promises a spacious cabin, class-leading luggage space, and enhanced practicality. “We wish the Corolla Cross could assist customers in creating a new story by loading on the vehicle the people who are important to them, the luggage, and their dreams for the future,” added Kameyama.
The ASEAN-market Corolla Cross is powered by Toyota’s 2ZR-FBE 1.8-liter four-banger with 140 horsepower and 129 pound-feet of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels via a standard CVT automatic gearbox.
The biggest news is the availability of a hybrid version. Equipped with a 600-volt electric motor producing 72 horsepower and 120 pound-feet of torque, the Corolla Cross hybrid also comes with a 1.8-liter mill with 98 horsepower and 105 pound-feet of torque. If you do the math, the Corolla Cross Hybrid can theoretically produce a total output of 170 horsepower and 225 pound-feet of torque.
It produces more power than a Corolla SE and XLE (equipped with a larger 2.0-liter gasoline motor), and it’s also more powerful than a Corolla Hybrid. The Corolla Cross Hybrid is also equipped with a Super CVT-i transmission. But unlike the Corolla Hybrid with an advanced multi-link rear suspension, the Cross version makes do with a standard torsion-beam setup.
So, what do you think? Do you fancy the new Toyota Corolla Cross?© Toyota Here's everything you need to know about Toyota's new electric crossover concept.
- The Toyota bZ4X all-electric crossover concept was developed with Subaru, with a production version hitting roads in the middle of 2022.
- The bZ4X rides on a new platform dubbed e-TNGA, which means that a production version could come in front-, rear-, or all-wheel-drive versions.
- This is the first of an entire line of bZ-badge-wearing products in the future.
Toyota is following the path paved by its luxury counterpart and is jumping into the all-electric crossover concept fray with the oddly named bZ4X BEV concept. While this concept is a big step for Toyota, it’s also a sign of what to expect from the company in the future—because Toyota will be spinning out multiple products under the bZ name.© Autoweek Sign up for our new weekly EV newsletter, State of Charge. SIGN UP
Details are tight on this bZ4X concept. Toyota isn’t disclosing battery size or the number of motors it will use to make motion. Toyota does say that this will ride on a new platform dubbed e-TNGA, which means that this concept could come in front-, rear-, or all-wheel-drive versions. Of course, you could just look at this concept’s name and assume it will be all-wheel drive.
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Speaking of all-wheel drive, EV fans are probably remembering the upcoming Subaru electric crossover that was co-developed with Toyota. Consider the bZ4X the other side of that coin. The bZ concept was co-developed with Subaru, which should give all-wheel-drive fans some confidence in this EV’s capabilities.
As you’d imagine with a concept, there’s no real information about its price or availability. However, Toyota does say to expect a production version, aiming for an on-sale date in 2022. Toyota also says that its factories in Japan and China will be responsible for turning these out.
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