Toyota Corolla Cross Coming to North America
The new Toyota Corolla Cross subcompact SUV first launched in Thailand in 2020. At the time, there was no mention of it being brough to market on this side of the world. That’s not to say that wasn’t the idea from the get-go, but if it was Toyota did a good job keeping it a secret.
But now spy shots have been taken of a camouflaged model in the U.S., evidently the North American version that Toyota plans to bring to market here in 2022. Construction of the vehicle will likely begin this year at a plant jointly operated by Toyota and Mazda in Alabama.
Toyota already has an SUV in the subcompact category, but it's the C-HR, which was originally conceived as a Scion, remember, and it does not offer all-wheel drive. The Corolla Cross will therefore be sold alongside it, at least when it debuts next year. We expect some differences between the versions that will be sold here and those we've seen elsewhere, but details on that will be for another day.
Now populated by the likes of the Chevrolet Trailblazer, Buick Encore GX, Kia Seltos, Mazda CX-30 and Hyundai Kona, the subcompact SUV segment is becoming a crowded place. Last year, sales in the category grew by 4.8 percent in 2020 in the U.S., despite the pandemic. In total, nearly 900,000 units sold. Here in Canada, growth was even stronger for the same period at 15 percent (for 142,515 units sold).
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