2022 Toyota Corolla Cross debuts in the US – Dynamic Force engine; Direct Shift-CVT; AWD with multi-link

2022 Toyota Corolla Cross debuts in the US – Dynamic Force engine; Direct Shift-CVT; AWD with multi-link

After some teasing, the Toyota Corolla Cross has now made its debut in the United States, where it will be built at the Mazda Toyota Manufacturing, USA (MTMUS) facility in Huntsville, Alabama. The TNGA-C-based crossover looks nearly identical to what is offered in Thailand and Malaysia, although the feature set is quite different from those markets.

In the US, the Corolla Cross will be powered by a Dynamic Force 2.0 litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine that outputs 171 PS (169 hp) at 6,600 rpm and 203 Nm of torque from 4,400 to 4,800 rpm. The mill is paired with a Direct Shift-CVT, which features a launch gear to increase the efficiency of the belt-driven system.

Buyers also have the option of front- or all-wheel drive, with the latter featuring Dynamic Torque Control, which can direct up to 50% of engine power to the rear wheels when needed, and disengages when it’s not to help improve fuel economy. Toyota estimates 13.6 km/l for FWD models and around 12.8 km/l for AWD models, both capable of towing up to 680 kg.

By comparison, the Corolla Cross we get here is powered by a 2ZR-FE 1.8 litre NA four-cylinder that makes 139 PS (137 hp) and 172 Nm, with drive going to the front wheels via a regular CVT. Toyota’s US division also hinted at “more coming next year,” suggesting that a hybrid version is on the way. Such a model already exists in Thailand, although we’ll have to wait and see if it will be similar.

Similar to here, the Corolla Cross uses MacPherson struts at the front and a torsion beam setup at the rear for FWD models. However, AWD models feature a fancier rear multi-link setup instead. On the base L trim, 17-inch steel wheels are fitted, while the mid-range LE gets alloys of the same size. Only the range-topping XLE sports a set of 18-inch wheels.

Available equipment includes LED lighting, keyless entry and start, a moon roof, dual-zone climate control with rear vents, a Qi wireless charger, a reverse camera, Softex upholstery, 10-way powered driver’s seat, a 4.2- or 7-inch digital instrument cluster display, a seven- or eight-inch infotainment touchscreen with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support, and a nine-speaker JBL sound system.

For safety, all trim levels come as standard with nine airbags, passive systems, a tyre pressure monitor, hill start assist, and the Toyota Safety Sense 2.0 suite. The last item consists of a pre-collision system and Lane Trace Assist, while blind spot monitoring (with braking assist) as well as front and rear parking assist are offered on higher trims.

The Corolla Cross comes in seven colours, including Wind Chill Pearl, Sonic Silver, Celestite Grey Metallic, Jet Black, Barcelona Red Metallic, Cypress and Blue Crush Metallic. The company has yet to reveal official pricing, but the crossover is expected to start around the USD20,000 (RM82,440) mark.

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Gerard Lye

Originating from the corporate world with a background in finance and economics, Gerard’s strong love for cars led him to take the plunge into the automotive media industry. It was only then did he realise that there are more things to a car than just horsepower count.



  • business man on Jun 03, 2021 at 10:23 am

    wow, they got dynamic force engine with lower price if compared to us.

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    • Their interior looks so much better, no doubt they have more soft touch materials inside as compared our cheapo looking CC.

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      • But not much cheapo. Their interior is almost the same as our looking Corolla Cross and our touch materials is not quite bad

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        • Are you serious?! Did you even watch Matt’s first impression review of CC, he even mentions the hard plastics here and there (with knocking sounds). I’m not sure if you’re trolling or just fanboying but please back up your argument with facts.

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          • I’m not trolling or fanboying. Anyway, upgrading to nicer material or getting more features (like same spec could be in US), will make more expensive. So what other choice do they have but what you said it is true. That’s why, coming to Malaysia, all car companies rip some spec or even some of car companies will bring cheapo cars from Thailand to sell here by importing or assembling cars. It is too obvious that every car companies must be competitive with affordable price.

            To me, it is not even much cheapo at all for Corolla Cross. And it is true that the dashboard is hard plastic but what Matt mentioned that, there are soft touch materials on some parts of centre console and every side door parts. But the rest, it doesn’t look bad at all. And in my opinion, interior design looks almost the same as in US design.

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          • More expensive? Their CC only cost Rm82k. Even factored in taxes here, ours is still a ripoff from a better car elsewhere. Proton X70 & X50 and even Ativa doesn’t feel cheapened out compared to their CBU brethren unlike CC.

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  • aiman on Jun 03, 2021 at 10:40 am

    Lol US got bigger and newer 2.0 engine, proper original toyota HU and electronic parking brake which we did not have it. Just wish UMW could bring this feature with same price like current CC in Malaysia

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    • A lot to do with our automotive policy favouring P1 and P2. Shouldn’t all manufacturers be allowed to compete on equal ground already? Competition will spur innovation…better for consumers, business and government. Why isn’t the government liberating the industry?

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      • P2 kata tak boleh
        P2 vendors kata tak boleh
        Keluarga pekerja P2 kata tak boleh

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  • This look really much better than CHR

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  • TNGA Corolla SUV on Jun 03, 2021 at 10:54 am

    It’s a very comfortable, spacious compact good handling SUV.
    Finally the American can get it.

    That Dynamic Force engine is from their TNGA corolla sedan.

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  • AppleCar on Jun 03, 2021 at 10:57 am

    20k usd for base spec already a nice SUV.

    But American median purchasing price already beyond $40k.
    Despite their EV car sales is still minority – less than 2%.

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  • Toyota rebadged of cx5.

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  • Seribu on Jun 03, 2021 at 12:30 pm

    Bring hybrid or dynamic force engine and sell here.

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  • The US specs are so much better than ours.

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  • Jinggo on Jun 03, 2021 at 7:31 pm

    what? rm82k only..? pity Malaysian, always been punished by the grand old man auto policy. WTH!!!

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