General manager of sales Steve Prangnell says strong consumer preference for hybrid powertrains has fueled the decision to ditch the all-gasoline option. Last month, 68 percent of the 267 Corollas registered were hybrids.
“We are also committed to reducing CO2 emissions from our new vehicle product range and are on track to exceed the government’s 2023 Clean Car Standard target for Toyota and Lexus.”
The Corolla Cross will compete against the compact SUV market segment, which currently accounts for 20 percent of all passenger car sales. The small car segment by default Corolla competes in well for four percent.
Full details on powertrain, specs and features will be provided closer to launch. Still, TNZ says that while the standard Corollas will continue to be powered by a 1.8-litre petrol engine, the brand’s 2.0-litre M20A-FXS ‘Dynamic Force’ engine will sit under the hood of the Corolla Cross, coupled to a fifth generation hybrid system. Total power will be 135 kW and there will be three driving modes plus an EV mode.
The Corolla Cross is available with a choice of front-wheel drive and four-wheel drive. The AWD configuration will be similar to the larger RAV4 hybrid, in that it will feature two electric motors for more capacity.
There is no indication of the price for the Corolla Cross. But Prangnell says buyers of electrified Toyotas always face a price premium to recoup development costs and additional materials.
“But the Clean Car Rebate is helpful in lowering that premium.”
SUV included in Corolla hybrid range — Motoringnz
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