The 2021 Toyota Corolla Cross to Destroy Rivals: Photos and Details

The 2021 Toyota Corolla Cross is fully declassified.

The long-awaited compact SUV is preparing to battle with its competitors.

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The 201 Toyota Corolla Cross uses a familiar name and joins the Corolla’s line-up, but it is a separate model. The company performed a similar trick earlier with the Toyota Yaris Cross. But now all eyes are on the new model.

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Technically, the car is similar to its donor, who shares the name with the compact SUV and is built on the same modified TNGA platform. It is worth noting that the company’s entire modern model range with some variations (the RAV4, the CR, the Corolla, the Camry, the Highlander) is based on this architecture.

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Design

Despite the base, the new Corolla Cross does not look like its closest relative. The designers decided to make the car look like another bestseller — the Toyota RAV 4. However, the new Toyota SUV will be a little more compact and will be positioned lower in the class.

The length is 4,660 mm (with the wheelbase of 2.640 mm), the width is 1,825 mm, and the height is 1,620 mm. For comparison, the dimensions of the RAV4: 4,595 mm/1,855 mm/1,699 mm (the wheelbase — 2,690 mm), and the dimensions of the co-platform sedan: 4,640 mm/1,780 mm/1,435 mm (the wheelbase — 2,640-2,700 mm, depending on the market).

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Interior

Inside, the Toyota Corolla Cross and the standard Corolla looks almost completely the same. There is the familiar front fascia architecture, the same steering wheel, and the recognizable infotainment system that towers above the climate control switch block. The interior accommodates 5 people.

The photo shows the new SUV but for the Thai market. So, the car is in right-hand drive.

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Engines

The standard model is equipped with a 1.8-liter petrol engine, producing 140 hp and 175 Nm. There is also a hybrid Toyota with a 1.8-liter 98-hp ICE (142 Nm) and a 72-hp (163 Nm) electric motor. All versions of the car are equipped with a CVT.

The 2021 Toyota Corolla Cross will first be released in Thailand before the end of July (prices have not yet been announced). The company says that the model will appear in other countries in the future, but if there is Europe among them is not yet known.

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The manufacturer may be afraid of internal competition in the Europe country. On the other hand, the right price and thoughtful market positioning will solve this problem. Among the main rivals of the model are the Kia XCeed and Suzuki SX4.

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