Update: Added the features list for all 4 trims of the 2022 Corolla Cross, check it out!
Toyota recently revealed that they are finally bringing the Corolla Cross to the North American market. But when will Corolla Cross be available in Canada? Starting from the end of this year, you will have an SUV version to choose from, along with the existing Sedan and Hatchback versions.
The Corolla has been around for 12 generations. Although it has always been available in sedan or hatchback, you may not realize that the Corolla has been offered in different form factors in different markets around the world. So while the Corolla Cross will be available in Canada for the first time, it has already been around in Asia for the past 10 years.
The Corolla is one of the hottest seller cars for Toyota so it’s no surprise that the Corolla lineup continues to be enhanced and expanded. While we wait for the Corolla Cross to be available in Canada, there are already over 50 million units of Corolla being driving in over 150 countries around the world!
The Corolla Cross is meant to be a smaller and cheaper alternative to the RAV4, but you can expect the body to be bigger than the C-HR. It is also wider and longer with a more standard look, which should entice those that do not find the RAV4’s rugged design to be appealing.
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The Corolla Cross is expected to come in 3 variations: L, LE, and XLE. It will have more back-seat space and more cargo space than the C-HR. There will be a number of standard features on all the trims, such as heated front seats, 7-inch touch screen display, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto.
On higher trims, it will come with SofTex leather seats, 7″ In-dash colour display, 9 Speaker JBL Audio System, power driver seats, wireless charging, power sunroof, and power backdoor.
The 2022 Corolla Cross will come with a 2 litre 4-cylinder engine with 169 horsepower and 150 lb-ft of torque. This is the same kind of power configuration as the Corolla Sedan SE.
It will come with CVT (continuously variable transmission) and it is very likely that Toyota will include Direct-Shift transmission on at least the top trims, which will allow more power to the wheels but allowing the first gear to function with proper mechanics. The Cross will be available in front-wheel-drive and Dynamic Torque Control all-wheel-drive.
This all-wheel-drive system will keep the Cross driving with its front-wheel power most of the time and can divert up to 50% of the power to the rear wheels when the front wheels are unable to push forward. And the Dynamic Torque Control will help the Corolla Cross take corners better by diverting torque to the different wheels as needed for that moment.
The 2022 Corolla Cross is underpinned by the TNGA platform. This platform is lighter for the vehicle and can provide better ride quality and driver feedback. It’s designed to provide more space to the cabin, better visibility for the driver, and a quieter, smoother ride for its passengers
Fuel efficiency is great too, the Corolla Cross’s fuel consumption rating is expected to be around 7.8 L/100KM and the front-wheel-drive version should offer a slightly lower rating.
A version of Toyota Safety Sense will be included with the 2022 Corolla Cross. It includes a pre-collision system with pedestrian and bicycle detection, lane departure alert, lane tracing assist, dynamic adaptive cruise control, and automatic high beams.
Blindspot monitor will be available on all trims. The LE model will come with a rear cross-traffic alert which will give warnings if cars are passing behind you while you are backing out of a parking spot. this system is upgraded on the XLE to automatically stop the vehicle with its front/back parking sensors.
Check out the features on the 4 Corolla Cross trims and see if it has the features that you want! Toyota has not announced pricing for the Corolla Cross, but you can pretty much expect it to be priced just above the C-HR and below the RAV4. Typically the front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive have a difference of $2,000 in cost, which is likely to be the same case for the Corolla Cross.
Based on the number of enquiries online about when the Corolla Cross will be available in Canada, it is obvious that this 2022 model will be a very popular vehicle. A Corolla Cross Hybrid variant is rumoured to be on the way, but may not be available until the end of 2022.
Customers are already entering a waitlist to ensure that they get a unit as soon as it lands. If you are in our service area (the Greater Vancouver area), contact me today to get on the list before it gets too long!
What do you think of the look and features of the 2022 Corolla Cross? Would you consider it over the RAV4 or a sedan Corolla? Let us know your thoughts in the comments!