The Corolla has been one of the best selling models in the world for some time now he has also changed himself, following The same trend as the younger sister Yaris and being an SUV in the name of Toyota Corolla Cross.
Large space on board, elevated driving position and all the technology of the latest proposals from The house of three ellipsesstarting with the proven Full Hybrid system which 2023 sees the arrival of the new 140 bhp 1.8 and, finally, it also opens to the world of ships.
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A MISSING SUV
The Corolla cross is relationship between several worlds: on the one hand it combines a historical model like the Corolla with the world of SUVs, on the other hand it offers an alternative. for those looking for a bigger car than the C-HR but it is smaller than the RAV4.
4.46 meters long, it was born on the TNGA-C platform (like all recent Toyota models in the C segment), a feature that it offers high security and the driving dynamics involved for those behind the wheel.
The A wheelbase of 2.6 meters ensures excellent interior accommodationfor front and rear occupants, and leisurely trips even over long distances. The trunk volume is also excellent, and a room that exceeds 430 liters in the standard configuration (five residents, up to the awning).
Silence, action and comfort reign on board: in fact, there is no shortage of heated seatstouchless access with push-button start, dual-zone climate control, power tailgate, wireless smartphone charger, charging sockets in both rows and lumbar support for the driver.
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With nothe new fifth generation hybrid system (see below) Corolla Cross offers a variety of technological proposals that cover different areas, from infotainment to on-board equipment, from lighting to the sound system.
All versions they have two LED lights as standard and the function of automatically switching the high beam, to avoid annoying other road users and at the same time to have full light.
Also standard on all Corolla Crosses we also get a digital cockpit, 12.3 inch digital instruments highly customizable, and the Toyota Smart Connect onboard system, with a 10.5-inch screen, Smartphone Connectivity and always-connected Cloud navigation.
The top of the range also offers front and rear smart parking sensors with collision avoidance, rear cross traffic and blind spot monitoring as standard. In terms of sound, a 9-speaker JBL system is available with a total power of 800W.
The systems Panoramic View Monitor, which uses four cameras that provide a 360° view of the car and multiple views, and semi-automatic parking (Teammate Advanced Park) are impressive.
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Over the years, Toyota has offered a suite of driver assistance systems, the popular Toyota Safety Sense, as standard on all its vehicles, regardless of version and trim level.
Corolla Cross has a more complete version, the third generation of ADAS. Equipment is rich, with a pre-collision system with autonomous emergency braking, assistance at road junctions and emergency driving, intelligent cruise control, lane maintenance and road sign recognition.
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WITH A FIFTH GENERATION TOYOTA DOOR
The beating heart of the Corolla Cross however, it is a new hybrid system; new because it is the fifth generation and offers the latest technological solutions from a large Japanese company.
Compared to before, the electricity sector is more visible, with the full benefit of production and consumption. There are two engines available, 1.8 and 140hp of combined power (95hp electric and 98 diesel) or the more efficient 197hp 2.0 (113hp electric and 152 diesel).
Corolla Cross also offers the possibility of four-wheel drive, in this case it is defined as “intelligent”: the AWD-i system uses a second electric motor. Mounted on rear axle (41hp) which starts working whenever you find yourself in trouble or on low surfaces, to ensure better traction.
The operating logic of the Full Hybrid system has been modified for all power trains, for faster responses and greater driving comfort. Combined consumption stands at 20 km / l, with CO2 emissions starting at 112 grams per kilometer.
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Ennio Liberali, Fleet, Toyota Professional and Senior Remarketing Manager at Toyota Italia, told us more about the characteristics of the new SUV from the Japanese company.
FM: What are the main features of the Corolla Cross?
The Corolla Cross is the perfect combination of our best features and combines the DNA of the Corolla, with its reliability and driving pleasure, with that of our SUVs. It is a product with the ability to combine dimensions, space and internal accommodation, performance and utility. It offers all the best that we have today: the hybrid system that performs best, from all points of view, the best safety, and it is no coincidence that we got five stars in the Euro NCAP tests, and the comfort of the car at the top.
FM: How does this new model fit into the lineup?
With the Corolla Cross we introduce a model that was missing from our already wide range of Full Hybrid proposals. It is an SUV that is positioned between the C-HR and the RAV4, and allows us to further expand our commercial capabilities. Today we effectively handle all volume segments, from B to E, with SUV, compact and wagon solutions.
FM: Corolla Cross is part of the brand’s Beyond vision. How is Toyota coping with the electrification process?
With us, at Toyota, the word electric has very deep roots: it is a concept that we began to know at the end of the last century and that we have already thoroughly refined through practice for several years. It is clear that we do not ignore this trend of market change and we can already offer many technologies today, from Full Hybrid to Plug In, from electric to hydrogen. We boast the widest range of Full Hybrids on the market, with 15 models between Toyota and Lexus, as well as brand new plug-in offerings ranging from the Prius to the first NX and RX models. Then we have a range of electric commercial vehicles – the Proace family – including the UX and bZ4X and the recent RZ SUVs. And then hydrogen, where we started again early: Mirai has reached its second generation and is only the first step in a broader strategy.
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