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Toyota Corolla Cross: The majority of sales are hybrid cars


Toyota Australia believe almost three out of four Corolla Cross customers will choose to go with the hybrid powertrain, as the new SUV nameplate arrives at local dealers this month.

Sean Hanley, Toyota Australia’s vice president of sales and marketing, has broken the brand’s sales forecast for its much-anticipated new model, headlined as 70% of expected mixed sales – although the company will not disclose volume figures.

The entry-level GX is expected to account for 45-50% of total sales, followed by top-spec Atmos with 30%. In the end, the mid-range GXL will make up the remaining 20-25%.

Part of the appeal is the Corolla Cross’s fifth-generation hybrid system, which the company claims offers better performance and drivability than previous iterations, as well as improved efficiency.

Developments include a redesigned transmission, new lubrication and oil delivery systems as well as a new lithium-ion battery that is both more powerful and 40% lighter.

There are also efficiency improvements to the electric and petrol engines – with an improvement of “more than 8%” to the total system output.

All Corolla Cross Hybrid variants are equipped with a 2.0-litre petrol-electric hybrid powertrain, available in front-wheel drive and E-Four all-wheel drive variants. There’s a less powerful 1.8-litre hybrid system available in other markets, but not offered in local Corolla Cross models – though it will be in the new version. Corolla Hatch and Sedan.

AWD Hybrid is predicted to account for 40% of those 70% of electrified sales, while the $35,000 Corolla Cross GX 2WD Hybrid is expected to be the most popular model in the lineup.

Both 2WD and AWD versions are available 2.0-liter four-cylinder Atkinson cycle gasoline enginedo 112kW and 190Nm, combined with e-CVT. At the front wheel, it is combined with an electric motor 83kW and 206Nm. Four-wheel drive also features 30kW engine on the rear axle.

Hybrid feature a 4.06Ah The lithium-ion battery pack, which Toyota says is 14% lighter and more powerful than previous batteries. Toyota quotes combined power output as 146kW from front- and all-wheel drive hybrids, but without the combined torque output.

Fuel consumption is rated as 4.3L / 100km for 2WD Hybrid and 4.4L / 100km for AWD Hybrid. Both drink 91 RON unleaded gasoline. Corolla Cross GX 2WD Hybrid is the fastest variant in the entire lineup, quote 0-100 time 7.5 seconds. Other hybrid variants are 0.1-0.2 seconds slower by three figures regardless of 2WD or AWD drivetrain.

Stay tuned CarExpert for our Australian launch review of the upcoming Corolla Cross 7:00pm AEDT October 20.

Price of Toyota Corolla Cross 2023:

  • 2023 Toyota Corolla Cross GX: $33,000
  • 2023 Toyota Corolla Cross GX 2WD Hybrid: $35,000
  • 2023 Toyota Corolla Cross GXL: $36,750
  • 2023 Toyota Corolla Cross GXL 2WD Hybrid: $39,250
  • 2023 Toyota Corolla Cross GXL AWD Hybrid: $42,250
  • Toyota Corolla Cross Atmos 2023: $43,550
  • 2023 Toyota Corolla Cross Atmos 2WD Hybrid: $46,050
  • 2023 Toyota Corolla Cross Atmos AWD Hybrid: $49,050

Price does not include road costs

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