Toyota Corolla Cross: Majority of sales to be hybrid

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Toyota Australia believes astir 3 successful 4 Corolla Cross customers volition opt for hybrid power, arsenic the caller SUV nameplate hits section dealers this month.

Sean Hanley, vice president for income and selling astatine Toyota Australia, broke down the brand’s income projection for its anticipated caller model, headlined by a 70 per cent expected hybrid income mix – though the institution wouldn’t divulge measurement figures.

The entry-level GX people is expected to relationship for 45-50 per cent of wide sales, followed by the top-spec Atmos astatine 30 per cent. Finally, the mid-spec GXL should relationship for the remaining 20-25 per cent.

Part of the entreaty is the Corolla Cross’s fifth-generation hybrid system, which the institution claims offers amended show and driveability implicit erstwhile iterations, arsenic good arsenic improved efficiency.

Developments see a re-engineered transaxle, caller lubrication and lipid organisation systems, and caller lithium-ion batteries that are some much almighty and 40 per cent lighter.

There are besides show improvements to the electrical centrifugal and petrol motor – with a “more than 8 per cent” betterment to full strategy output.

All Corolla Cross Hybrid variants are powered by a 2.0-litre petrol-electric hybrid drivetrain, disposable successful front-wheel thrust and E-Four all-wheel thrust variations. There’s a little almighty 1.8-litre hybrid strategy disposable successful different markets, but not offered successful section Corolla Cross models – though it volition diagnostic successful the caller Corolla Hatch and Sedan.

AWD Hybrids are projected to relationship for 40 per cent of that 70 per cent electrified income mix, portion the $35,000 Corolla Cross GX 2WD Hybrid is expected to beryllium the astir fashionable exemplary successful the line-up.

Both the 2WD and AWD versions diagnostic a 2.0-litre four-cylinder Atkinson rhythm petrol engine, making 112kW and 190Nm, mated to an e-CVT. In the front-wheel drive, it’s mated with an electrical centrifugal making 83kW and 206Nm. The all-wheel thrust additionally features a 30kW centrifugal connected the rear axle.

Hybrids features a 4.06Ah lithium-ion artillery battalion which Toyota says is 14 per cent lighter, and much almighty than erstwhile batteries. Toyota quotes a combined powerfulness output of 146kW from the front- and all-wheel thrust hybrids, but nary combined torque output.

Fuel depletion is rated astatine 4.3L/100km for the 2WD Hybrid, and 4.4L/100km for the AWD Hybrid. Both portion 91 RON unleaded petrol. The Corolla Cross GX 2WD Hybrid is the quickest variant successful the full line-up, quoting a 0-100 clip of 7.5 seconds. Other hybrid variants are 0.1-0.2s slower to triple figures irrespective of 2WD oregon AWD drivetrains.

Stay tuned to CarExpert for our Australian motorboat reappraisal of the Corolla Cross, coming 7:00PM AEDT October 20.

2023 Toyota Corolla Cross pricing:

  • 2023 Toyota Corolla Cross GX: $33,000
  • 2023 Toyota Corolla Cross GX 2WD Hybrid: $35,000
  • 2023 Toyota Corolla Cross GXL: $36,750
  • 2023 Toyota Corolla Cross GXL 2WD Hybrid: $39,250
  • 2023 Toyota Corolla Cross GXL AWD Hybrid: $42,250
  • 2023 Toyota Corolla Cross Atmos: $43,550
  • 2023 Toyota Corolla Cross Atmos 2WD Hybrid: $46,050
  • 2023 Toyota Corolla Cross Atmos AWD Hybrid: $49,050

Prices exclude on-road costs

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