A reveal could happen at any time.
Although Toyota may be lacking all-electric vehicles (for now at least), it has no shortage of SUVs and crossovers. There's literally a size for everyone, ranging from the Toyota C-HR to the Land Cruiser. One more will be added to that list in the very near future. There have been several reports indicating sightings of camouflaged Toyota Corolla Cross testing in the US. The name should sound somewhat familiar because it was revealed almost exactly a year ago as an overseas model for Thailand.
At the time, the Japanese automaker refused to confirm whether it'll arrive stateside, but sources indicate it will and very soon. In fact, a reveal could happen in the coming few months because Toyota intends for it to be a 2022 model.
But unlike the Thai version, America's Corolla Cross will be built in America as part of the joint-venture with Mazda that consists of a new factory in Alabama. US-spec vehicle specifics remain unknown for now, but we do know the Corolla Cross rides on Toyota's global and flexible TNGA platform.
As a subcompact crossover, it'll face off directly against the likes of the Chevrolet Trailblazer, Buick Encore GX, and Hyundai Venue. This segment is growing fast in the US and Toyota understandably wants to get in on the action. Slotted in between the C-HR and RAV4, the Corolla Cross is expected to initially come powered by a 1.8-liter inline-four with around 140 horsepower and 129 lb-ft of torque. A hybrid variant is highly likely as well. A CVT will direct power to the front wheels. The platform can accommodate all-wheel drive and it's fair to assume it'll be optional.
Toyota claims a luggage capacity of 17.2 cubic feet, which is slightly less than the C-HR's 19.1 cu. ft. However, the cabin itself offers plenty of space for four passengers and the dashboard is literally identically to that of the Corolla sedan and hatchback. Toyota's Safety Sense suite will be standard along with dual-zone climate control and rear seats that recline up to six degrees. It should go without saying the Corolla Cross is strictly a two-row crossover.
Pricing remains unknown, but chances are it'll start well below the Thai market base price of almost $31,000. The Trailblazer, to compare, begins at around $20k and maxes out at $27k.