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2022 Toyota Corolla Cross Lead Toyota Corolla Cross unveiled, Aus arrival slated for 2022

Following the compact Yaris Cross that debuted earlier this year, Toyota has revealed images and details of an all-new model, the Corolla Cross, which will sit between the C-HR and RAV4 in size terms.

Now, like us, you may be slightly confused, the quirky C-HR already exists as similarly sized vehicles to this all-new Corolla Cross.

However, the new vehicle adopts its styling cues from the chunkier RAV4 rather than the more compact Corolla; initial impressions are certainly positive.

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The Corolla Cross takes styling cues from the bluffer RAV4.

And that’s a good thing for what is an ever-expanding marketplace with stalwarts like the Mitsubishi ASX and newcomers like the Mazda CX-30, the Corolla Cross will have its work cut out.

As for the future of the similarly sized C-HR? For the moment it sounds like that car will remain in the line-up, its emphasis on a more athletic coupe aesthetic. The Corolla Cross will be the more practical sibling, though the two vehicles share an identical wheelbase.

As some may be aware, the funky C-HR was never destined for Australia, though the brand is glad it did given the segment’s popularity. In fact, Toyota’s SUV sales are market-leading in Australia, with 19.6 per cent total share, up 2.3 per cent from last year.

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Bigger than the C-HR but the cars share a wheelbase.

And the new “Cross” nomenclature falls in line with the brand’s compact SUV offering, the Yaris Cross, though we doubt that the iconic RAV4 will shift to Camry Cross any time soon, but, stranger things have happened.

Toyota has doubled-down on the ‘chunky’ aesthetic for the Corolla Cross. That bluff nose with the generous front grille gives away to a squared-off side-profile. Again – it’s more RAV4 than Corolla in our eyes.

The rear end appears like it might be a little awkward, but these images are just that, we’ll reserve judgement until the Corolla Cross arrives in Australia in 2022.

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We’re not sure about this angle just yet.

Inside the Cross is all Corolla – if you’ve spent much time in the 12th gen Hatch or Sedan, you’ll feel very comfortable indeed. The 8-inch touchscreen is easy to access, and the transmission tunnel is mostly free from clutter.

Bonus points for the bold fabric colour choice. Toyota appears to have opted for bronze interior trimmings, much snazzier than the usual sea of black.

Like the interior, the underpinnings of the Corolla Cross are familiar, the car is based on Toyota’s Global Architecture C platform, the same found under the current C-HR and Corolla.

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That fabric looks bronze to us, we’re glad it’s not black or black, though.

That certainly bodes well for the driving experience, and it signifies the possibility of an all-wheel-drive model to back up the exterior’s off-road intentions.

As for what will power the Corolla Cross, Australia will get the choice of a traditional combustion engine or a petrol-electric hybrid. The 125kW/200Nm two-litre Dynamic Force engine in the current Corolla is the more likely choice instead of the peppy 1.2-litre turbocharged unit found in the C-HR.

The hybrid option is a must for Australia – again it’s most likely the Cross will use the 90kW 1.8-litre based power plant in the Corolla, though we hope the punchier European market two-litre hybrid does make its way to Aussie shores.

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It will feel familiar in here to anyone who has spent time in a Corolla.

Toyota has revealed these few details ahead of the Corolla Cross launch in Thailand, the first market the new car will be on sale in. More information will become available closer to the car’s Australian launch in 2022.

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2021 Toyota Yaris - 1 2021 Toyota Yaris detailed for Aus ahead of August arrival

Toyota Australia has confirmed and detailed the all-new Yaris ahead of its (delayed) debut in August this year, with the diminutive city car the first in its segment to offer the choice of Hybrid propulsion.

Mirroring its Corolla sibling, there are three variants locked in for Australia – the Ascent Sport base trim, mid-spec SX and range-topping ZR, pricing to be confirmed closer to launch.

Toyota has already detailed the power plants that will slip under the Yaris’ short bonnet – a turbocharged 1.5-litre three-cylinder with outputs of 88kW/145Nm is standard fit. A mega frugal 85kW 1.5-litre hybrid powertrain will be an option, though.

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The mid-spec Yaris SX

Fuel consumption is claimed at a seriously impressive 3.3/100km for the hybrid Yaris, which is available only with a CVT automatic gearbox. The turbocharged engine is impressive, too, at 4.9l/100km in WLTP testing, that’s available with a CVT or – enthusiasts rejoice – a six-speed manual.

Unlike the current car, the new Yaris sits on the Toyota’s new small-car TNGA-B platform shared with the coming Yaris Cross, this platform engineering bodes well for the little car’s handling.

Toyota’s move to Hybrid offers a real counterpoint to other what’s on offer from city-car stalwarts like the Mazda 2 and Volkswagen Polo, though Toyota will need to up the interior game from the current Yaris.

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The athletic ZR gets bigger wheels, boot spoiler.

From the images we’ve seen, the Yaris looks very promising from the outside, the updated and widened front grille lends it some aggression from the bonkers GR Yaris. A contrasting black roof on the pictured ZR model adds to the athletic exterior.

The option of a contrasting roof will be available in conjunction with some of the 12 exterior colours; there will be a choice between black or white to suit tastes.

Toyota hasn’t pushed quite so hard on the interior; first impressions indicate the Yaris will be conservative, though the usual goodies like steering wheel-mounted controls, separate climate control and partially digital instrument cluster are present.

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Inside the ever practical Yaris. It looks like purple paint will be offered, too.

That hybrid powertrain will be available as an option on the upper trim ZR and SX Yaris variants, just like the Corolla, the Ascent Sport is petrol-power only.

But, standard active safety tech is impressive for the class, the Yaris will use a combination of camera and radar to provide AEB with day and night pedestrian and cyclist detection, reverse camera, lane-keep assist and speed sign recognition across the range.

From the entry-level Ascent Sport, the Yaris sees a 7-inch touchscreen, wired Apple CarPlay and Android Auto with voice recognition, USB port, LED daytime running lights with Halogen headlights, 15-inch steel wheels and the choice of manual or CVT gearbox.

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Conservative, but the ZR gets red highlights.

15-inch alloy wheels are standard on the mid-spec SX, as is a CVT transmission, full LED head and taillights, leather-appointed steering wheel and gearknob, keyless entry and push-button start.

Toyota pitches the ZR as the more athletic variant and can be identified by its larger 16-inch alloy wheels and rear boot spoiler. Inside a head-up display, sports seats, red interior accents, paddle shifters – for the petrol variant.

More active safety technology is standard on the ZR with rear AEB, parking sensors front and rear and blind-spot monitoring, though there is no mention of adaptive cruise control.

The arrival of the all-new Yaris has been delayed to August 2020, with detailed Australian pricing to arrive closer to the launch.

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The entry-level Ascent Sport. Please don’t buy a gold one.
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Toyota Kluger 2021 silver design New Toyota Kluger Hybrid locked in, not here until 2021

Toyota’s unexpectedly excellent new RAV4 surprised Australians when it arrived in our market in mid-2019 – now, the Japanese giant is aiming to do the same with the seven-seat Kluger, which is being prepared for an Australian arrival in fourth-generation form.

Sitting on the same, stiff TNGA chassis as the new RAV4 and Camry, the new Kluger will return with a familiar V6 petrol engine while also offering buyers a petrol-electric hybrid option: a higher-output version of the 2.5-litre four-cylinder hybrid offered in the RAV4. Unlike that smaller crossover, the Kluger Hybrid will be all-wheel-drive only.

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Buyers of the new Kluger will be offered a frugal but torquey hybrid.

There’s bad news for anyone wanting to upgrade in the short term: while the new Kluger was mooted to arrive on our shores this year, the launch of the new Kluger has been pushed into next year, with sources at Toyota flagging an autumn arrival.

While it promises substantially improved driving dynamics thanks to the TNGA platform’s lower centre of gravity and increased torsional rigidity, the new Kluger will also add more size and space – the 4.9m-long fourth-gen car is even longer than the already spacious third-generation version.

Toyota Kluger 2021 dashboard
Expect a big step up in interior presentation and materials.

The current car’s 3.5-litre direct-injected naturally aspirated V6 engine will carry over virtually unchanged, with Toyota confirming that the 2021 Kluger V6 will produce 218kW of power – identical to the current car, which produces 350Nm of torque at 4,700rpm. Also carrying over will be the option of front- or all-wheel-drive for the six-cylinder car.

Hybrid buyers will enjoy standard all-wheel-drive, driven by a 2.5-litre Atkinson cycle naturally aspirated petrol engine blended with three electric motors. Power is lifted by about ten percent over the RAV4 AWD’s similar setup, with the Kluger Hybrid producing a combined 179kW, up from 163kW. While power is lower than the V6, the hybrid Kluger is likely to feel the torquier of the pair thanks to the motivation from the juiced motors. Unlike the RAV4, the partially electrified Kluger will not be available in cheaper front-wheel-drive form.

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The Kluger’s new TNGA chassis will be stiffer and sport a lower centre of gravity.

Toyota Australia have further confirmed that the Kluger will arrive in Australia with the brand’s Safety Sense suite of technologies, including AEB, adaptive cruise control, and lane trace assist.

Further details, including the size, scope and pricing of the 2021 Kluger range, is yet to be announced and should be expected closer to the SUV’s launch next year.

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2020 Yaris Cross - 1 2021 Yaris Cross revealed: mini SUV confirmed for Australia

Toyota has unveiled an all-new light SUV, the Yaris Cross, and confirmed the car for the Australian market. Like Toyota’s other SUVs, this diminutive crossover will offer buyers a choice of conventional petrol and hybrid powertrains.

As the name suggests, the Yaris Cross is built on the same platform as the Yaris city-car, Toyota’s TNGA-B platform, the same that underpins the Yaris GR.

The new car will be a Yaris-sized SUV to sit below the C-HR in Toyota’s range which also includes the perennial favourite Rav4 and larger Kluger.

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More shrunken Rav4 than C-HR sibling.

Toyota had intentions to reveal this new model at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show, though after the pandemic cancelled that show, it was unveiled in an online press conference.

Toyota has borrowed design language for the Yaris Cross from the much larger Rav4 instead of the quirky C-HR. The rear three-quarter is particularly so, that trapezoidal boot-lid and squared-off arches scream mini-Rav4.

In photos, at least, we like the way the new Yaris Cross looks. Chunky and funky and it does well not to reference its humble Yaris city-car beginnings.

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It might not be beautiful, but we like the way it looks.

Inside, though, the Cross can’t escape its Yaris roots, but that isn’t a bad thing. While not as swish as Mazda’s CX-3 on the inside, the Yaris Cross looks to be well laid-out.

We particularly like the design of the steering wheel, and we’re sure there will be a quality feeling inside the little Toyota.

On that note, the Cross benefits from a 30mm suspension raise and the added option of an all-wheel-drive system. It’s also physically larger inside, Toyota claims an increase of 90mm in height and 20mm in width over the Yaris it’s based on.

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A well laid out interior. Will it be spacious?

Compared to the existing Corolla and C-HR, the Yaris Cross is 200mm shorter and around 30mm narrower, however, and at 1,560mm, it sits a mere 5mm shorter than the C-HR.

Depending on packaging, that may mean the Yaris Cross boasts a more capacious boot that the larger and, we presume, more expensive Corolla.

The extra interior space will be welcomed, and the higher-set driving position is what draws buyers away from hatchbacks in droves. Those SUV loving droves equate to 480,000 Australian sales last year, with Toyota claiming one-sixth (80,000) of those.

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Pictured is the hybrid Yaris Cross.

Shared platforms equate to shared powertrains, and the Yaris Cross borrows the petrol 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine from its Yaris counterpart. Outputs are 88kW, and 145Nm produced high in the rev-range and will drive the front wheels only.

There will be an all-wheel-drive, like the Yaris GR you might say, though it isn’t the same system. Until slip is detected, the drive is sent exclusively to the front wheels like the Haldex-style unit found in Volkswagens. 

A hybrid powertrain will be on offer, combining the 1.5-litre engine (although in Atkinson-cycle configuration) producing 66kW and 120Nm combined with a 59kW electric motor powering the rear axle.

Toyota says the funky Yaris Cross could arrive in Australia as early as late 2020. We’ll have more information on price and exact specification as that date approaches.

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2020 Toyota Landcruiser horizon - 2 Toyota Land Cruiser Horizon celebrates 60 years, end of the V8

With Toyota confirming the next-gen Land Cruiser 300 Series will be available exclusively with hybrid power, the brand has announced the Horizon – a limited edition send-off for the current 200 Series 4×4, limited to just 400 units.

Toyota’s off-roaders have been renowned worldwide for their rugged reliable nature; from the workhorse Hilux to the 200 Series Land Cruiser, they’re used by those going properly bush.

It’s understandable, then, that there has been some backlash from enthusiasts about moving away from the proven V8 diesel in the coming 300 Series Land Cruiser.

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After all, Toyota’s biggest competitor – the Nissan Patrol – has just been refreshed and retained that car’s gas-guzzling V8.

Coinciding with the last year of the turbo-diesel V8 is the 60th Anniversary of the Land Cruiser in Australia the Horizon simultaneously celebrates this vehicle’s long service on our shores.

As the send-off variant, the Horizon will put the current 4.5-litre twin-turbo oil-burner to use under that vast bonnet with switchable four-wheel-drive modes and, of course, low-range for the six-speed automatic transmission.

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Outside, the Horizon is treated to some identifiable extras that include a black headlight backing, 18-inch alloy wheels, dark finish grille insert and smoked foglight surrounds.

Together the exterior tweaks add up to a vehicle with a touch more class than a standard Sahara and will set the Horizon apart on the roads (or trails).

It’s not just the exterior that gets tweaked, inside the Land Cruiser Horizon receives bespoke leather-appointed seats with Land Cruiser embossing, unique door-card stitching and black interior headliner as well as a heated leather-accented steering wheel.

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Naturally, this special edition gets plenty of safety tech even in this old-school 4×4, with city-speed AWB with pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, rear cross-traffic alert, parking sensors and rear-view camera all standard fare.

Additionally, expect to find a panoramic sunroof, LED headlights, side-steps, a premium audio system, rear-seat DVD players, satellite navigation and four-zone climate control inside this behemoth.

The Horizon is limited to just 400 units here in Australia but you’ll have to be quick to snap one up; at $129,900 (driveaway pricing TBA) it’s surprisingly good value considering the extra kit. A standard Land Cruiser Sahara starts at $123,590 ($132,644 driveaway).

It’s a fitting way to send off one of the strongest serving V8 engines at Toyota, and we’re certain the new petrol-electric hybrid Land Cruiser 300 will have its work cut out trying to better this powertrain when it arrives later this year.

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