Mitsubishi turned the Eclipse into a crossover, and Ford did the same with the Mustang. Now it's Toyota’s turn with the upcoming 2022 Corolla Cross. Here’s what we know so far about this forthcoming compact crossover.
The 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross’ exterior will share no styling similarities with its Corolla sedan and hatchback cousins. It’ll feature a relatively timid exterior that’s part RAV4, part Highlander, and part C-HR. This creative combination of styles gives it a look that most buyers will be open to.
Step inside, and the Corolla Cross’ relationship to the Corolla Sedan and Hatchback shines through with its two-tone dash, which features a soft-touch lower section. It will also boast soft-touch upper door panels for added comfort, just like the Corolla. This cabin will have plenty of available tech, including an available 7-inch digital instrument panel, an 8-inch infotainment touchscreen, and a JBL sound system. In LE and XLE models, a wireless phone charger and two rear USB charging ports will come standard.
Powering the Corolla Cross will be the same 2.0-liter Dynamic Force four-cylinder found in the Corolla SE and XSE models. This engine will pump 169 horsepower through a CVT and to the front wheels as standard. Buyers will have the option to add all-wheel drive that can direct up to 50% of the power to the rear wheels or fully disconnect the rear axle when it’s not needed. The latter tech will help the AWD Corolla Cross deliver up to 30 miles per gallon combined. With front-wheel drive, the 2022 Corolla Cross will deliver up to 32 mpg combined.
The 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross will come standard with the Toyota Safety Sense suite of equipment, which we expect to include automatic emergency braking, lane-keeping assist, and more. In LE and XLE models, it’ll gain blind-spot monitors and rear cross-traffic alert. Front and rear parking assist with automatic braking will be standard on all XLE models. IIHS and NHTSA ratings will come later.