With the mid-year point rapidly approaching, Toyota recently rolled an information update covering several vehicles into one big news dump or, as the company called it, a Spring product showcase.
What follows below are summaries for each showcase vehicle, along with approximate dates of arrival. Apart from the bZ4X Concept, all are 2022 model year vehicles. Pricing was not revealed but Toyota indicated it will be announced closer to on sale.
What: subcompact crossover built on the Corolla platform
When: Fall 2021
The Skinny: The headliner of the Showcase is the Corolla Cross, a subcompact crossover built on Toyota’s TNGA-C platform that is shared with the Corolla family. Consequently, it uses the same powertrain: 2.0-litre Dynamic Force 4-cylinder engine (169 hp / lb-ft.) paired with a CVT. The Corolla Cross will be available with front and all-wheel drive across three grades: L, LE and XLE.
The Corolla Cross departs from its sedan and hatch siblings with a more rugged SUV-like styling that includes standard LED headlights and taillights. AWD models feature a fully independent suspension, while FWD models receive Toyota’s new torsion beam set-up in the rear. As for wheels, 17-inch steel rims are standard on the base L, with 18-inch alloys for the XLE. All Corolla Cross models have a 1,500-pound maximum tow rating.
Standard kit includes heated front seats, Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and a suite of safety tech with Toyota Safety Sense 2.0. An eight-inch multimedia touchscreen, seven-inch multi-information display, wireless charging pad and SofTex-trimmed seating, among other features, are optional.
What: second generation rear-wheel drive compact sports coupe
When: Fall 2021
The Skinny: The Toyota half of the Subaru-Toyota sports car joint venture is all-new for 2022, shares a general resemblance with its BRZ stable-mate like the first-gen model and uses the same chassis and powertrain as its Subaru counterpart. Incidentally, the GR in GR 86, stands for Gazoo Racing, Toyota’s global motorsports division.
Apart from new GR badging, the 2022 GR 86 also has updated styling and more power. Under the hood, the 2.0-litre boxer engine has been replaced with a 2.4-litre unit that boosts output to 228 hp / 184 lb-ft, which represent gains of 23 hp and 28 lb-ft respectively. According to Toyota, almost a full second has been chopped of the 0-100 km/h time, from 7.2 seconds to 6.3 when equipped with a six-speed manual transmission. Like its predecessor, the GR 86 remains rear-wheel drive, and will be offered with a six-speed automatic, in addition to the six-speed manual.
Two grades will be offered, GR 86 and GR 86 Premium, and it will be available in seven colours, including Track bRed (shown). Premium models receive add-ons such as a rear duckbill spoiler, Alcantara seating with leather accents, eight-speaker audio system and 18-inch wheels wrapped in Michelin Pilot Sport 4 tires. Both models come standard with LED headlights, eight-inch multimedia touchscreen, AppleCar Play and Android Auto, and a seven-inch digital instrument cluster that has three unique modes: normal, sport and track.
Tacoma TRD Pro / Trail Edition 4×4
What: mid-size Tacoma pick-up trims
When: Fall 2021
The Skinny: The big change for the 2022 Tacoma TRD Pro is a suspension alteration via new TRD-tuned Fox internal bypass shocks that produce a lift of 28 mm up front and 13 mm at the rear. Approach (36.4-degree), departure (24.7-degree) and breakover (26.6-degree) angles have all been improved compared to the outgoing model.
Other suspension changes include new TRD-engineered upper control arms, new black TRD wheels with a wider track and new Goodyear Territory all-terrain tires. As for cosmetic changes, Electric Lime Metallic, a model exclusive finish, has been added to the colour palette, along with new hood graphics and updated TRD Pro badging.
Changes for the 2022 Trail Edition 4×4 include the same lift as the TRD Pro, albeit through different means. Taller coil springs account for the 28 mm front lift, while a spacer between the rear axle housing and leaf springs produces a 13 mm rear lift. Ground clearance has also been increased via removal of the front air dam, which also improves approach (34 degrees), departure (23.6 degrees) and breakover (26.4 degrees) angles. Cosmetic changes include a new exterior colour (Lunar Rock), bronze-finished 16-inch wheels (13 mm wider track) wrapped in Goodyear all-terrain tired, and a heritage-inspired grille with bronze-coloured Toyota wordmark.
4Runner TRD Sport
What: upper-tier off-road grade for the body-on-frame 4Runner SUV
When: Fall 2021
The Skinny: Among the highlights for this new 4Runner grade is the Cross-Linked Relative Absorber System (X-REAS) suspension system, which adjusts damping force over rough surfaces and through corners. Shocks on opposite corners of the vehicle are linked by a centre control absorber which offsets inputs to help improve on-road handling.
TRD Sport is based on the SR5 trim but swaps out its 17-inch wheels in favour of 20-inch machine faced alloys. It offers 9.6 inches of ground clearance and, like other 4Runners, has a part-time 4WD system with a two-speed transfer case. As for design, the TRD Sport has colour-keyed grille accents, rocker panels, body moldings and a TRD hood scoop. LED headlamps (low and high beams) and fog lamps are standard on all 4Runner models for 2022.
Interior highlights for the TRD Sport include SofTex-trimmed seating with gray contrast stitching, heated front seats, TRD headrest logos, floor mats and shift knob. An eight-inch multimedia display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability are also standard.
What: battery-electric compact crossover
The Skinny: The last vehicle of the showcase was the bZ4X Concept, a battery-electric compact crossover that made its North American debut after being shown for the first time at Auto Shanghai in April.
Because it’s a concept, there isn’t a great deal of information available yet. Toyota said the bZ4X is being developed jointly with Subaru on Toyota’s new e-TNGA BEV-specific platform, it is roughly the same size as the RAV4 and will have all-wheel drive. The bZ4X features short overhangs and a long wheelbase, which is designed to maximize interior space. Its open-concept interior has a low-mounted instrument panel, with instrumentation located above the steering wheel.
The ‘bZ’ in the name means beyond zero, a reference to zero emissions that will also serve as a sub-brand for an upcoming group of battery-electric vehicles (BEV). Toyota aims to have 70 electrified models in its global lineup by 2025, including 15 BEVs with seven badged as bZ. It said more information on the bZ4X will be shared later this year, with a production version arriving in 2022.