Australia launches 2023 Toyota Corolla Cross; 2.0L Dynamic Force, EPB, moonroof, wireless CarPlay and more!
Sanjay · Oct 13, 2022 01:20 PM
The 2023Toyota Corolla Cross has been officially launched in Australia, and it's about to send customers looking for one in a bit of a spin – there's eight different variants, a choice of two-wheel drive or all-wheel drive, and a selection between pure-petrol and hybrid powertrains.
No matter the variants, the base car itself is already pretty nicely equipped. All variants are powered by a 2.0-litre, naturally-aspirated Dynamic Force engine. The M20A-FKS in the pure-petrol variants make 169 PS / 201 Nm, while the hybrid's M20A-FXS has a combined system output of 196 PS / 190 Nm.
Claimed fuel consumption is 6 litres/100 km for the petrol variants, while the hybrid slashes that to 4.3 litres/100 km. Regardless of trim levels – GX, GXL, range-topping Atmos – customers can choose between front-wheel drive (FWD) and all-wheel drive (AWD) drivetrains.
Basic specs across the board includes an electric parking brake (EPB) with auto brake hold, 17-inch wheels (really cool 18-inch units on pricier variants though), as well as LED head- and tail lights with different light signatures compared to ours.
Dual-zone automatic air-conditioning is available on all but the base variant, while the top trims also benefit from 8-way power-adjustable seats with heating function, as well as a rear arm rest. Toyota Australia throws in a panoramic moonroof as well, though that's exclusive to the Atmos trim.
Fabric upholstery makes up the GX's interior trims, while buyers of the GXL and Atmos will get leather accents in their cabin. A 7-inch semi-digital instrument cluster is standard; higher end variants score a 12-inch full-digital speedo.
Infotainment is handled by a 6-speaker setup on the GX and GXL grades, while the Atmos gains a JBL 9-speaker system. The basic infotainment touchscreen in 8-inch wide, and the 10.5-inch unit is reserved for the mid-grade cars and above.
Shouldn't matter too much anyway, as wireless Apple CarPlay and wired Android Auto is bundled for all.
With humble beginnings collecting diecast models and spending hours virtually tuning dream cars on the computer, his love of cars has delightfully transformed into a career. Sanjay enjoys how the same passion for cars transcends boundaries and brings people together.