Toyota Corolla Cross announcement likely as automaker teases small SUV silhouette

It's just a preview sketch, but we should see the whole thing next week.

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It all started with Gran Turismo. From those early PlayStation days, Sean was drawn to anything with four wheels. Prior to joining the Roadshow team, he was a freelance contributor for Motor Authority, The Car Connection and Green Car Reports. As for what's in the garage, Sean owns a 2016 Chevrolet SS, and yes, it has Holden badges.
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This is all Toyota wanted to show us for now.


Next week, Toyota likely plans to show us another new SUV. At least that's sure what it looks like from a sketch the Japanese automaker revealed on Thursday: the silhouette of a small, high-riding vehicle (in other words, a small SUV).

Yes, Toyota still sells the C-HR, but we're probably in for a US version of the Toyota Corolla Cross. The brand revealed the Corolla Cross last year for various countries in Asia, but we long suspected the vehicle would slot right into the company's stateside lineup. If we're right, expect it to be another step in Toyota's SUV ladder between the C-HR and RAV4. Toyota already has the "Corolla Cross" trademark, too, so it seems like a safe bet.

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This wouldn't be a bad addition to Toyota's lineup.


Poring over dimensions for the foreign-market Corolla Cross, above, shows the little SUV is both longer and taller than a C-HR. That should translate to a bit more passenger room than the tighter C-HR -- and perhaps a bit more cargo space. The Corolla Cross would also offer a much "safer" design compared to the funky C-HR, which isn't bad looking, but certainly isn't everyone's cup of tea. Meanwhile, the Corolla Cross has great, cutesy style, which may spur buyers to choose a small SUV with the Toyota logo over more conservatively designed models like the Honda HR-V or Kia Seltos.

Expect powertrains to mirror the Corolla we know so well, noting the Corolla Cross rides on the same platform. They'll likely include a 1.8-liter inline-four with 140 horsepower and 129 pound-feet of torque, and a hybridized version with 122 hp, just like the Corolla Hybrid.

Check back June 2 (when Toyota plans to spill the beans) for more information.

2021 Toyota Corolla Cross is a new compact SUV with an optional hybrid engine

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