2021 Toyota Corolla Cross Debuts With Hybrid Power In Thailand
9 July 2020 - motor1
And yet another crossover. We're not entirely surprised.
For years, we have been reporting about the resurgence of crossovers and SUVs globally. That isn't showing any signs of stopping now as Toyota introduces the Corolla Cross in Thailand. And yes, it's based on the marque's 54-year-old nameplate, the Toyota Corolla.
Of course, the 2021 Corolla Cross rides on the same Toyota New Global Architecture C (TGNA-C) platform that underpins the Corolla and C-HR.
Size-wise, the Corolla Cross is slotted in between the C-HR and the top-selling RAV4, complementing the former as the more functional crossover. It measures 4,460mm (175.5 inches) long, 1,825mm (71.9 inches) wide, and 1,620mm (63.8 inches) high. The C-HR and Corolla Cross share the same 2,640mm (103.9 inches) wheelbase length.
As for the powertrain, the Corolla Cross was launched in Thailand with two options. First is the 1.8-liter 2ZR-FBE gasoline engine with 140 horsepower (104 kilowatts) and 129 pound-feet (175 Newton-meters) of torque, sent to the front wheels via a CVT.
On the other hand, a hybrid powertrain option is available, with a 600-volt electric motor supplementing the setup with 72 hp (54 kW) and 120 lb-ft (163 Nm) of twists. The electric motor works in conjunction with a 1.8-liter 2ZR-FXE mill that makes 98 hp (73 kW) and 105 lb-ft (142 Nm) of pull. The hybrid Corolla Cross comes with Toyota's e-CVT.
Styling-wise, the Corolla Cross carries the current distinct styling of its low-riding counterparts for the ASEAN market. It has a more subdued design when compared to the C-HR, with a gigantic grille up front to begin with. Of course, the Corolla Cross is showered with claddings wrapped around its undersides.
The Corolla Cross will be sold for the Thai market first this year but availability in other parts of the world will follow.