Toyota calls the new Cross "small but mighty" with its 2.0L Dynamic Force engine, Direct Shift CVT, 169 horsepower, and a physical first gear. - Photo: Toyota

Toyota calls the new Cross "small but mighty" with its 2.0L Dynamic Force engine, Direct Shift CVT, 169 horsepower, and a physical first gear.

Photo: Toyota

Toyota has debuted the all-new 2022 Corolla Cross, which evolves the series and is based on the ever-popular Corolla sedan, they announced in a news release.

Available in front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive, the compact SUV maximizes the potential of the TNGA-C platform and a 169-horsepower, 2.0-liter Dynamic Force Engine. The model boasts high-quality performance, a comfortable ride, plenty of space, and maximized cargo capacity.

Spread across three grades – L, LE, and XLE – the Corolla Cross has a versatile design. From an engineering perspective, the Cross offers an approachable exterior, as well as a higher line-of-sight. Key design features include a distinctive black grille flanked by LED lighting with black body accents. The rear has an integrated spoiler and LED lighting. Wheel options range from 17-inch steel on L to 18-inch alloy on XLE.

Inside, Corolla Cross’ interior shares many similarities with its sedan and hatchback siblings. The model can be outfitted with a power moonroof, as well as either single- or dual-zone automatic climate control, with all grades featuring standard heating and air conditioning vents for rear seat passengers.

SofTex-trimmed seating is also available, as is a 10-way, power-adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar and heated front seats.

In back, storage space can be maxed out thanks to the 60/40-split folding rear seats that come standard on all grades, while XLE models also include a center armrest with two cupholders. And to make access to the roomy cargo area even more convenient, the Corolla Cross has an available power liftgate with height adjustability.

Corolla Cross will also be available with accessories that expand its capability including a roof rack with crossbars, an activity mount for carrying items, such as bicycles and all-weather floormats.

All grades come standard with both the Toyota Safety Sense suite of active safety systems, as well as Toyota’s signature STAR Safety System.

Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross-Traffic Alert come standard on LE and XLE, while Front and Rear Parking Assist with Automatic Braking is standard on XLE. Nine airbags are mounted throughout the cabin to help protect occupants.

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