Toyota Corolla Cross 2.0 EGP
Many Americans see Toyota as a quintessential American brand. In the land of unlimited car possibilities, the United States and Japan alone offer ten different models of SUVs. We have already ridden the latest Corolla Cross. It will also arrive in Europe in 2022 and will find buyers in the compact car segment.
Toyota It has significantly expanded its model range in the USA. While the Camry, Corolla and Prius once set the tone, it’s always been SUVs and off-road vehicles that give the tough wallet a huge face. The latest model is the Corolla Cross, and at a base price of US$22,000 or more, it ranks between the boldly painted Toyota C-HR and the mass-produced RAV 4. At nearly 4.50 meters in length, it will also attract customers in Europe from mid-2022 – with powerful technology, hybrid power and all-wheel drive. Like its namesake Corolla, the Corolla Cross doesn’t risk anything visually or technically. If you’re looking for something funky, sporty or innovative – Toyota has other models for you. The Corolla Cross is something like the SUV variant of the VW Golf in our latitudes. Visually and technically, it is more restrained than the VW T-Roc, which would be one of its old-world competitors.
While it is being rolled out as a hybrid version in Europe, it is moving to United States of America More down to earth too. There is a two-liter four-cylinder engine without a turbocharger with 124 kW / 169 hp and a maximum torque of 204 Nm at 4400 rpm. In addition, the compact model CVT automatic fatigued as well as the three equipment variants L, LE and XLE alone offer the choice between front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive. A 2-liter vacuum cleaner doesn’t seem like too much and that’s how it works, but for most interested parties, the motor in the small crossover should fit right in. Swim comfortably in traffic, enough space with manageable dimensions and four-wheel drive perfectly suited to snow and rain – the Corolla Cross quickly made friends without excitement.
European customers will also have a choice between front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive when purchasing the new SUV from next year. However, the Japanese will come here as a hybrid version. Combined with a 2-liter four-cylinder engine and an electric motor, the front-wheel drive generates 146 kW / 197 hp and accelerates from 0 to 100 km / h in 8.1 seconds. With the additional electric motor on the rear axle, there is a thrust of 31 kW / 42 hp, which, however, does not bring more dynamism, but only provides better traction. There are currently no plug-in hybrids with a similarly large electric range. Here the interested party should turn to the larger Toyota RAV 4.
Regardless of whether it’s a hybrid or a pure combustion engine – you can’t go wrong with the Toyota Corolla Cross. With enough room at the front for tall passengers at 4.46m and thanks to the 2.64m wheelbase in family seats, two children or even an adult can easily find plenty of practical storage space and space. For the rear, there are only USB connections and cup holders and no seat heating which gets heated up during the cold season, as only the front passengers are. Loading space is very luxurious with approximately 690 liters and can be increased significantly for large or tall items at least by folding the rear seats.
The 1.4-ton Corolla Cross chassis, which is 80 kilograms heavier with the recommended all-wheel drive option, is not quite as exciting as the 2-liter four-cylinder engine. MacPherson struts at the front and a multi-link axle integrated into the all-wheel-drive version at the rear ensure that the Japanese roll happily even on bad roads without much disturbance to the occupants inside. The power steering assist makes maneuvers at the wheel extremely easy. However, it doesn’t convey much road contact via the composite 215/65 R17 wheels. Hardly anyone should miss it, because, instead, the cross-shaped Corolla shines with a force that made Toyota so powerful in the United States: it runs easily and without problems. No frills, no frills – this also applies to the interior. Admittedly, the basic version’s analog gadgets are unbeatable in terms of boredom, and the design department probably had a long break designing the interior anyway, after which the Corolla Cross’s exterior turned out to be very interesting. But here, too, Toyota knows its customers well – no one wants experiments and much should focus on solid workmanship and corresponding ergonomics. Unfortunately, magic has been neglected. This is how in Europe Last but not least, the price that makes the music. Even the top model Toyota Corolla Cross 2.0 XLE with all-wheel drive costs just over $27,000 in the US. This is an advertisement that is also causing tension in Europe.