After a successful first year, the Toyota Corolla Cross lineup will expand in 2023 to include a gas hybrid.
Built on the TNGA-C platform, both Canadian-market Corolla Cross Hybrid trims (SE and XSE Sport) come with standard electronic all-wheel drive and the fifth-generation Toyota Hybrid System, that works in conjunction with a 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine (194 hp) and a continuously variable transmission (CVT). In terms of performance, the Corolla Cross Hybrid has a zero-100 km/h time of 8.2 seconds, with an estimated combined fuel efficiency rating of 6.4 L / 100 km.
From a design standpoint, the Corolla Cross Hybrid differs slightly from its gas-powered sibling with unique grille, headlights and bumper. Both grades also feature available two-tone paint options and 18-inch alloy wheels.
As for standard equipment, the SE comes with 17-inch alloy wheels, eight-inch multimedia touchscreen, sport-tuned suspension LED headlights and taillights, smart key access, heated front seats, privacy glass, roof rails, paddle shifters and cloth seats. On the safety front, blind spot monitoring and rear cross traffic alert are also standard.
The top-level XSE receives all of that, plus a few extras including standard 18-inch wheels, premium LED headlights, taillights and fog lights, Softex-trimmed seating and a power driver’s seat.
Four two-tone colour schemes are available on both grades, including Sonic Silver / black roof, Barcelona red / black roof, Blue Crush metallic / black roof and Acidic Blast / black roof, with the latter being a new option. Solid colour options include Wind Chill Pearl, Sonic Silver Metallic, Jet Black Mica, Barcelona Red Metallic, Celestite and Blue Crush Metallic.
Other highlights include the presence of Toyota’s new multimedia system, which comes with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and USB-C charge ports. It also has a range of connected car tech, including over-the-air software updates and available Drive Connect, which brings Intelligent Assistant, Cloud Navigation and Destination Assist. Voice commands, such as “Hey Toyota”, can be used for navigation and searching for points of interest, with the latter powered by Google.
Toyota Safety Sense 3.0 is standard on all 2023 Corolla Cross models, which adds a suite of features including a pre-collision system with pedestrian detection, lane departure alert with steering assist and lane tracing assist, dynamic radar cruise control, automatic high beams and more.
The 2023 Corolla Cross Hybrid goes on sale this fall.