Today, the Czech representation of Toyota presented a new compact Corolla Cross SUV in Prague, which should have great ambitions not only on the Czech market. Thanks to its size, interior space, economical and powerful power units and rich technological equipment, it wants to attack the popular S-CUV segment with the Corolla Cross model, which is now clearly ruled by the Škoda Karoq. He has quite strong cards up his sleeve.
Let’s start with the exterior, whose bow can easily resemble the modernized Suzuki S-Cross. After all, just look at the radiator grille, the intake opening in the front bumper or the standard LED headlights with specific daytime running lights at the top. LED headlights are available in Basic / Advanced versions with dynamic turn signals, but the Matrix function and shading of the surrounding traffic cannot.
When viewed from a profile, there is not much to describe. Corolla Cross relies on simple and practical shapes without unnecessary curls, perhaps only with the exception of the spoiler extending the roof. As a good crossover, of course, they also rely on light plastic coating, and there can be 17-inch or 18 “alloy wheels in the underbody. The design of the stern is again relatively simple and there is also a LED flashlight or bumper plastic.
Emphasis on space
However, the view of dimensions is more interesting. The Corolla Cross measures 4600 mm in length, so it is 14 cm shorter than the RAV4 and 6.5 cm longer than the more stylish C-HR. The wheelbase of 2640 mm is identical to C-HR, but on RAV4 it loses 5 cm. The case then offers a standard volume of 425 liters – 155 liters less than the RAV4 and 67 liters more than the C-HR.
The simple construction of the body offers more interior space compared to the sloping roof of the C-HR model. With the presented model, it was not the slightest problem to adjust the front seat to a comfortable position behind the wheel and then sit alone with a height of 183 cm. At the same time, I still had a reserve in front of my knees and above my head, although a glass roof bit the place above my head in the exhibited top model Premiere Edition.
The designers also tried to underline the usability of the space in the rear seats with a large opening angle of the rear doors, which offer not only easy entry and exit, but also, for example, easier handling of children in car seats. The backrests offer two tilt options and a Lithium-ion battery is stored under the bench, which does not interfere with the boot.
It offers a standard volume of 425 liters (we are talking about available space, not including different pockets, etc.) and will please with really simple shapes that will facilitate its full use. It’s a pity that after folding the seats divided in a ratio of 60:40, a small step is created, which the carmaker compensates at least with a practical rug. There are bag hooks on both sides of the luggage compartment and there is space for an extra reserve under the floor. However, the all-wheel drive version of the AWD-i (ie with the electric motor at the rear) will only receive a defect repair kit. In addition, the electric opening of the fifth door will please the higher equipment.
The space in the rear seats is important for the Toyota Corolla Cross, but the space in the front, which is technologically high, has not been left out. From the basic equipment (Comfort), the car is equipped with a 12.3 “digital instrument panel and a 10.5” display of the MM21 multimedia system. It offers online cloud navigation, informs about events on the route, allows remote control and there are also online updates. The Toyota Corolla Cross also borrowed voice control support from Lexus cars, which will offer, for example, easy temperature changes, etc.
During the first acquaintance, both screens showed decent speed and, above all, fine and modern graphics, which Toyota cars have long lacked. The position behind the wheel seemed pleasant, perhaps only the seat could be longer, and it is also worth mentioning the relatively good view from the cabin. In addition, the Toyota Corolla Cross will delight with the more sophisticated Toyota Safety Sense 3, which also offers smarter assistance functions, or a front central airbag.
Under the hood
The Toyota Corolla Cross will be available with two hybrid engines. However, a stronger 2.0-liter hybrid will be the first to hit the market, which will be complemented by a weaker hybrid 18-year-old next year. However, we only have the technical data available for the more powerful engine, which is the first ever application of the 5th generation Toyota hybrid system.
The basis of the hybrid system is a 2.0-liter Dynamic Force four-cylinder petrol engine, the tuning of which varies depending on the front or all-wheel drive (AWD-i). At the front wheel, the internal combustion engine is tuned to a maximum output of 126 kW at 6600 min-1 and a maximum torque of 203 Nm at 4800 min-1. The ATV has an internal combustion engine tuned to 112 kW at 6000 min-1 and a maximum torque of 190 Nm is available in the range of 4400 to 5200 min-1.
However, the parameters of the hybrid system are always the same. It is based on a 4.08 Ah lithium-ion battery, which weighs 40 percent over the previous generation, while output power increases by 14 percent. It is located under the rear bench and does not limit the suitcase.
In the front wheel, the battery is powered only by the front electric motor with an output of 83 kW with a maximum torque of 206 Nm. In the case of an ATV, the battery is also powered by an electric motor at the rear axle, which offers an additional 30 kW and 84 Nm of torque. However, the system power of the hybrid system is 146 kW (197 hp) in both cases, and both versions of the model should be able to handle the acceleration from 0 to 100 km / h in 8.1 seconds.
The carmaker has not yet published information on consumption, but according to the presented graph, the Toyota Corolla Cross should show the best combination of performance and CO2 emissions in its segment. It can therefore be assumed that, despite the performance of almost 200 horsepower, the car will also offer tolerable consumption. However, we will have to wait a little longer for more information, including the parameters of weaker motorization.
When and for how much?
Production of the Toyota Corolla Cross with the 2.0 HEV engine will begin during July, but the Czech dealership will launch online reservations on June 1, start booking cars on July 1 and start accepting orders without a reservation on July 11, 2022. However, only about 200 cars will be available for the Czech market at first, so it is assumed that it will only be dusty after the first batch. However, delivery of cars to the first customers should take place around September / October this year.
At the beginning of the second quarter of next year, the carmaker will start production of a weaker 1.8 HEV engine, which could reach customers in the middle of 2023. In addition, the production volume should increase next year and only next year at that time, it should have intensified a stronger campaign in support of the model.
At the same time, the prices are not strictly popular, but the carmaker justifies them with a really wide range of standard equipment. After all, already basic equipment Comfort with 2.0 HEV engine, it can offer 17 “alloy wheels, basic LED headlights and taillights, front fog lights, 10.5” infotainment MM21, 12.3 “digital shield, rain sensor, rear view camera, folding mirrors or dimming rear-view mirrors. However, the price for this equipment starts from 869,900 CZK a all-wheel drive is available (for all equipment) for CZK 50,000.
The offer, as is customary with Toyota, also includes a special surcharge package for each piece of equipment in the price of tens of thousands. It is for the basic equipment of Comfort Business package (+ CZK 40,000)which adds a wireless charger, leather heated steering wheel, heated front seats, spare wheel (4×2) / repair kit (4×4), ICS parking sensors, BSM blind spot monitoring or SAE assistance system.
Higher equipment Style (from 919,900 CZK) already includes 18 ”alloy wheels, advanced LED lights, dimmed windows, Smart Entry, Ambient lighting, longitudinal roof racks, heated steering wheel, heated seats or wireless charger. Surcharge Tech package (+ CZK 30,000) then it adds electric trunk opening, ICS parking sensors and again the BSM and SAE system.
Second highest level of equipment Executive (from 1,039,900 CZK) is based on a combination of Style equipment and the Tech package. But it also adds leather seat upholstery, electric driver’s seat control, an intelligent parking assistant and a camera panoramic monitor, which can also be used, for example, when driving off-road. Skyview package (+ CZK 20,000) then it just adds an unopenable glass roof.
It stands at the top of the menu equipment Premiere Edition (from 1,099,900 CZK), which is based on a combination of Executive equipment and the Skyview package. However, it adds a built-in T2 navigation and a JBL audio system with 9 speakers and a built-in subwoofer in the trunk (as we were convinced of the presented car).
The Corolla Cross with a more powerful two-liter is therefore not undercutting the prices, but it offers relatively rich equipment that should help the carmaker to reach new customers. However, it will be especially interesting to see how the Corolla Cross performs compared to the main competition, which according to the carmaker Škoda Karoq, Nissan Qashqai and Peugeot 3008.
The Corolla Cross surpasses all competitors in length (Karoq -7.8 cm, Qashqai -6.6 cm, 3008 -1.3 cm) and is thus the largest car in the C SUV segment. With a wheelbase of 2640 mm, it outperforms the Karoq (2638 mm), while the Qashqai offers 2650 mm and the Peugeot 3008 to 2675 mm. However, in terms of quality of workmanship and technological equipment, Corolla Cross is a very dignified opponent for all established players. So it will be interesting to see how it goes.