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Toyota Corolla Cross 2023: fuel economy details emerge online ahead of launch


Toyota’s new small SUV, the Corolla Cross, is soon destined for Australia and will feature a more fuel-efficient hybrid system than the RAV4

Key details of the Toyota Corolla Cross small SUV have emerged online ahead of the SUVs launch in Australia later this year.

The Corolla Cross is already on sale in America and Japan but details can vary depending on the local specification.

Toyota Corolla Cross 2022 rear website
Fine print on Toyota’s Australian website suggests the locally-specified Corolla Cross will use between 4.4 and 4.6L/100km of fuel

Toyota has yet to publish the full details of the Australian Corolla Cross range, but fine print on its website reveals fuel consumption of between 4.4 and 4.6L/100km when the SUV was tested according to Australian ADR81/02 standards.

This figure is applied to the front-wheel-drive hybrid Corolla Cross in entry-level GX guise, which makes use of a 2.0-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine. 

Power figures are currently unconfirmed but it’s likely that the Corolla Cross will produce the same total system output of 126kW as the US model and the locally-sold Lexus UX250h.

Toyota Corolla Cross 2022 front
The US-spec version of the Corolla Cross was shown on Toyota’s Australian website

An all-wheel-drive hybrid version will also be sold locally, though the added weight of an additional electric motor may result in the all-paw Corolla Cross having a slightly worse average fuel consumption than the FWD version, as demonstrated by the larger RAV4 midsize SUV range.

For context, the FWD RAV4 Cruiser Hybrid has an average consumption of 4.7L/100km while the AWD version uses 4.8L/100km

10.5-inch touchscreen, panoramic roof likely

While the final specification is yet to be locked in for Australia, the images shared on Toyota’s local website reveal the appearance of the US-spec Corolla Cross and a number of features that will be of interest to buyers.

These include the panoramic sunroof, LED headlights, dual-zone climate control and a large touchscreen that appears to be the same 10.5-inch unit found in the upcoming update for the Corolla hatch and sedan.

Toyota Corolla Cross 2022 touchscreen
The images suggest the locally-sold Corolla Cross will receive a 10.5-inch touchscreen

Fine print on Toyota’s website also suggests that the accompanying Apple CarPlay and Android Auto will still require a wired USB connection but this could change before the launch.

Leather-like seat upholstery is also visible in the images and Toyota has confirmed that the second-row seats will fold in a 60:40 split.

Also confirmed is the Toyota Safety Sense suite, which includes active driver aids such as lane keep assist, forwards AEB and emergency steering assist.