Toyota Corolla Cross enters US market with AWD version

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Toyota recently unveiled its Corolla Cross in the US with an all-wheel drive (AWD) system and other highlight features. 

Also available in front-wheel drive, the Corolla Cross packs the high-strength TNGA-C platform, and a two-liter Dynamic Force Engine.

The Dynamic Force Engine and Direct Shift CVT combines 169 horsepower and a physical first gear that aims to "provide an engaging driving experience and efficiency."

Aside from that promise, Toyota USA said the car can " achieve high-quality performance," and give a "comfortable ride and outstanding spaciousness."

The American arm of Toyota did not mention whether the Corolla Cross Hybrid is, or will be available. It probably wants to leave the combustion engine and electric power combination to the Prius for now. 

Spread across three varieties L, LE, and XLE, the crossover offers an approachable exterior, as well as a higher line-of-sight thanks to the TNGA-C platform.

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Key design cues include a distinctive black grille flanked by LED lighting with black body accents. In the rear, the design elements continue with an integrated rear spoiler and LED lighting. Wheel options range from 17-inch steel on L to 18-inch alloy on XLE.

Inside, Corolla Cross’ spacious interior shares many similarities with its sedan and hatchback siblings. The all-new model fitted with a power moonroof, as well as either single- or dual-zone automatic climate control, with all grades featuring standard heating and air-conditioning vents for rear-seat passengers.

SofTex-trimmed seating is also available, as is a 10-way, power-adjustable driver’s seat with lumbar and heated front seats. Amazon Alexa connectivity keeps Amazon’s digital assistant just a question away. 

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Meanwhile, storage space comes courtesy of the 60/40-split folding rear seats that come standard on all grades, while XLE models also include a center armrest with two cupholders.

To make access to the roomy cargo area even more convenient, the Corolla Cross has an available power liftgate with height adjustability.

The Corolla Cross will also be available with accessories that expand its capability including a roof rack with crossbars, an activity mount for carrying items, such as bicycles and all-weather floor mats.

The Corolla Cross suspension is a fully independent setup for all-wheel-drive models, while front-wheel-drive vehicles feature a brand-new torsion beam system in the rear.

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Photos from Toyota USA

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