Toyota Completes its European SUV Line-up with the All-new Corolla Cross

2 December 2021
  • The all-new Corolla Cross, an SUV version of the world’s historic best-selling model
  • First model to feature the fifth generation of Toyota’s self-charging full hybrid electric system, with front-wheel or intelligent all-wheel drive (AWD-i)
  • New multimedia system with wide range of connectivity features and 12.3-inch driver’s digital combimeter
  • Toyota T-Mate safety and driver assistance systems, including latest generation of Toyota Safety Sense with new Emergency Driving Stop System
  • Corolla Cross completes Toyota’s SUV line-up, making it the widest on the European market
  • New model supports Toyota’s target of 400,000 annual sales and a nine per cent share of Europe’s most competitive automotive category by 2025
  • European customer deliveries from Autumn 2022, according to market

The all-new Toyota Corolla Cross brings SUV space, practicality and strong, solid design to the world’s historic best-selling model range for the first time. It completes both the current Corolla family, alongside the hatchback, Touring Sports and saloon, and Toyota’s SUV line-up, making it the widest on the European market.

Founded on Toyota’s TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) philosophy, Corolla Cross benefits from the latest developments of the GA-C platform, bringing benefits in styling, packaging, technology and driving dynamics.

Design and packaging

Corolla Cross’s powerful and robust styling has been tailored to the European market, with specific headlight and rear light cluster designs and a double-trapezoid grille, flared wings and tapered cabin, projecting the look of an urban-tough SUV.

It measures 4,460mm long, 1,825mm wide and 1,620mm high and has a 2,640mm wheelbase. These dimensions position it between the Toyota C-HR and RAV4, at the heart of the European C-SUV segment, providing the comfort, practicality and versatility that are priorities for active families with young children.

The cabin provides excellent visibility for all occupants, with ample front and rear head and leg room. The large rear door apertures make for easy access and a panoramic sunroof increases the interior light and sense of spaciousness. The load space has a low sill and wide door opening, convenient for loading large items such as buggies and bicycles.

New fifth generation Toyota hybrid electric system

Corolla Cross is the first model globally to use Toyota’s new fifth generation self-charging full hybrid electric system. Available with front-wheel drive (FWD) or intelligent all-wheel drive (AWD-i), the powertrain provides more torque and electric power, greater efficiency and increased driving pleasure.

The transaxle has been re-engineered and new lubrication and oil distribution systems have been introduced, using low-viscosity oil. These measures help reduce electrical and mechanical losses, contributing to improved power and efficiency. Benefiting from the latest developments in lithium-ion battery technology, the new high-voltage battery pack is more powerful and 40 per cent lighter than before. Engine and electric motor output have been improved, resulting in an increase in total system output of more than eight per cent.

The FWD 2.0-litre hybrid powertrain generates 195bhp/146kW, enabling 0-62mph acceleration in 8.1 seconds.

The AWD-i version uses an additional 30.6kW electric motor on the rear axle which engages automatically when required to provide greater traction and driving confidence in low-grip conditions. The benchmark acceleration time is the same as for the FWD model.

Drivability has also been improved, with more linear, predictable and controllable performance under acceleration. By recalibrating the relationship between the driver’s accelerator pedal inputs and the powertrain response, vehicle speed more closely matches engine revs to provide a more intuitive and natural driving experience.

Advanced technologies

Corolla Cross features the latest multimedia technology, with a Europe-specific instrument panel layout with a new configuration of a 12.3-inch driver’s digital cockpit and a 10.5-inch central display.

The digital cockpit uses all-new hardware and software. The largest in its segment, it maximises space for content, flexibility and customisation to personalise the presentation of data such as fuel consumption hybrid system operation and navigation.

The multimedia system uses a faster processor and a 10.5-inch touchscreen. It delivers extra functionality through the Toyota Smart Connect package and enables smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Cloud navigation, up-to-the-moment road event information, voice commands using an on-board assistant and over-the-air software updates are also provided. Using the MyT app, owners can access a suite of connected services, including driving analytics, car location and remote programming of the climate control and door locking.


Corolla Cross is equipped with T-Mate, the latest generation of Toyota Safety Sense and driving assistance systems, designed to make driving safer and providing protection for all occupants and other road users.

For the first time, the Pre-Collision System includes acceleration suppression at low speed and Intersection Cut-in Traffic Assist; its oncoming traffic detection and Intersection Turn Assist have also been improved.

Other new Toyota Safety Sense functions include an Emergency Driving Stop System and over-the-air software updates and fixes to optimise system performance and add new ones. Improvements have also been made to the Full-range Adaptive Cruise Control, Lane Trace Assist and Road Sign Assist systems.

T-Mate provides driving assistance with a Blind Spot Monitor with Safe Exit Assist, an Automatic High Beam system for the headlights and Teammate Advance Park for easier, automated parking manoeuvres. A Panoramic View Monitor, Rear Cross Traffic Alert with automatic braking and Intelligent Clearance Sonars are also available.

The GA-C platform enables a highly rigid body to be constructed, providing strong protection in the event of an impact. In the cabin, the passive safety features include a new centre airbag between the front seats, providing extra protection in a side-on collision.

Since the original model was introduced in 1966, more than 50 million cars bearing the Corolla name have been sold around the world. The new Corolla Cross will strengthen Toyota’s presence in the European C-segment and support the company’s ambition of 400,000 sales and a nine per cent share of Europe’s most competitive automotive market segment by 2025.

Delivering the practicality of a spacious SUV and the dynamism of the most advanced hybrid electric technology, connectivity and safety systems, the all-new Corolla is designed to meet the daily needs of modern families.

Deliveries to European customers will commence in autumn 2022, with launch dates according to individual markets.

Toyota Corolla Cross technical specifications

All data are tentative/provisional subject to homologation.

Type4-cylinder, in-line
Valve mechanismDOHC 16-valve with VVT-iE (intake) and  VVT-i (exhaust)
Displacement (cc)1,987
Compression ratio13.0:114.0:1
Max. output (bhp/DIN hp/kW @ rpm)169/171/126 @ 6,600150/152/112 @ 6,000
Max. torque (Nm @ rpm)202 @ 4,400-4,900188-190 @ 4,400-5,200
Hybrid batteryLithium-ion
Number of cells180
Nominal voltage3.7
Battery capacity (Ah)4.08
Front motor 
Rated voltageTBCTBC
Max. output (bhp/DIN hp/kW)112/113/83112/113/83
Max. Torque (Nm)206206
Rear motor  
Max. output (bhp/DIN hp/kW)41/41/30
Max. Torque (Nm)84
Total system output (bhp/DIN hp/kW)194/197/146
Max. speed (mph)TBCTBC
0-62mph acceleration (sec)8.18.1
Drag coefficient (Cd)TBCTBC
Front suspensionMacPherson strut
Rear suspensionDouble wishbone
Overall length (mm)4,460
Overall width (mm)1,825
Overall height (mm)1,620
Wheelbase (mm)2,640
Front overhang (mm)955
Rear overhang (mm)865


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