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News A Toyota Corolla Cross Might Be On Its Way To Our Market

A Toyota Corolla Cross Might Be On Its Way To Our Market

A compact Toyota Corolla Cross might the player Toyota needs to dominate all small SUV segments.


  • This crossover would slot between the C-HR and the RAV4.

  • Its size is more appropriate than the Yaris Cross revealed recently.

  • Expected to launch in many markets in the first half of 2021.


Toyota is on something of a roll in early 2020, despite the pandemic, with new releases. In roughly a month’s time, images of a facelifted Hilux pickup emerged, details of a new Harrier (Lexus-like compact SUV) they introduced the all-new Yaris Cross SUV and now, we’re seeing pictures of what looks to be a raise Corolla-based SUV. Thought to be called the Corolla Cross (easy enough guess), this small SUV could be the one to dominate all small SUV segments.

Toyota Corolla Cross | Photo: Thai Car Inside

The Toyota Corolla has long served as a basis for utility vehicle variants. For a few generations, we were entitled to the Corolla Wagon. By the mid-90s, they were almost all gone due mostly to rust… Elsewhere in the world, the Corolla wagon endured and was known as the Fielder. Other MPV-like Corollas came and went as the Verso. The Corolla Touring continues today as the Touring in some lucky parts of the world.

2019 Toyota Corolla Touring | Photo: Toyota

This Toyota Corolla Cross will be built on Toyota’s TNGA platform that currently underpins nearly all of its products, including the C-HR. The Corolla Cross would then be a more utility-friendly SUV than the C-HR however available at a lower price point than the RAV4. The current Corolla’s 1.8-litre, 2.0-litre, and hybrid powertrains would certainly do the job and we know that the TNGA is AWD capable with no effort required.

If it does come to North America, it would take on the Hyundai Kona, Kia Niro, Mazda CX-3, Honda HR-V, Nissan Kicks, and Qashqai and Chevrolet Trax, to name a few.

The images were taken in Thailand and according to the interweb, it will be offered in South America, Asia, and will be built in Brazil.

1991 Toyota Corolla Wagon | Photo: Toyota

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Matt St-Pierre
Trained as an Automotive Technician, Matt has two decades of automotive journalism under his belt. He’s done TV, radio, print and this thing called the internet. He’s an avid collector of many 4-wheeled things, all of them under 1,500 kg, holds a recently expired racing license and is a father of two. Life is beautiful. Send Matt an emai

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