The 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross was barely just announced for the US market, but the automaker is already thinking ahead.
Toyota on Wednesday teased an upcoming hybrid version of the Corolla Cross. The teaser, which was presented to the media at a press conference in Texas, didn’t show much more than a blue-ringed version of the Cross’ rear badge, but that’s enough to confirm the hybrid-electric vehicle is destined for the US market. It’s unclear when it will be unveiled in full, or if Toyota will publish the teaser for the public.
Slotting between the C-HR and the RAV4, the Toyota Corolla Cross is basically an SUV-style adaptation of Toyota’s most popular nameplate. A 169-horsepower inline-4 engine is standard and can be linked to front- or all-wheel drive.
2022 Toyota Corolla Cross gives a famous nameplate some SUV love
Considering the Cross’ powertrain is a direct translation of the Corolla sedan’s, it wouldn’t be a stretch to assume that the Corolla Hybrid’s 121-horsepower hybrid-electric powertrain to show up under the Corolla Cross’ hood. In sedan form, that hybrid setup is good for an estimated 53 mpg in the city and 52 mpg highway. Those numbers will likely shrink a smidge, given the Corolla Cross’ larger crossover body, but we won’t know until Toyota chimes in with their internal estimates.
It’s not a surprise that Toyota would introduce a hybrid version of the Corolla Cross. Not only is it available in other markets where the Corolla Cross was unveiled earlier, the automaker is determined to increase its electrified vehicle sales going forward, just like… you know, pretty much everybody. Keep your eyes on Roadshow for more Corolla Cross Hybrid information as we creep closer to its eventual reveal.