“A new C-segment SUV designed for those looking for more space than a C-HR and smaller overall dimensions than a Rav4”. This is how Andrea Carlucci, head of product and marketing at Toyota Motor Europe, describes the Corolla Cross, a new high-wheel model with a robust and concrete design built on the group’s GA-C platform, which will go on sale in Europe in the second half of 2022 and which the Japanese manufacturer presented at the annual Kenshiki Forum. The car is aimed at global markets, but the examples for the Old Continent have undergone some styling changes to bring the model closer to the tastes of the European market. The headlights and rear light clusters, for example, have been redesigned and are slightly slimmer in volume to integrate better with the double trapezoid front grille.

Similarly, the wheel arches have been given a flared, three-dimensional shape, while the cabin has been enhanced with some tech features exclusive to the European market, such as a 12.3-inch digital instrument display and a large 10.5-inch centre console tablet for the infotainment system. With a new, faster processor, the multimedia system is networked, offers completely redesigned graphics and wireless Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto connectivity.

According to the statement, the interior features another level of visibility for all occupants thanks to a beltline that is not too high so as not to choke the glass surfaces. The 452-litre, regular-shaped luggage compartment combines a low loading sill height with easy access thanks to the wide-opening tailgate.

The Corolla Cross is the first Toyota to be equipped with the Japanese manufacturer’s new fifth-generation hybrid system. Available with two or four-wheel drive, the car has a 2.0 petrol engine which, combined with the electric system, develops 197 hp of power. The AWD-i all-wheel drive variant has an additional 30.6 kW electric motor on the rear axle.