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Toyota Corolla Cross Review – 2022

With a price that is just right between the B and C crossover segments, the Toyota Corolla Cross is a very interesting choice for the Japanese automaker. Of course, the appeal of the Corolla Cross doesn’t just come from its price tag.

With a price that is just right between the B and C crossover segments, the Toyota Corolla Cross is a very interesting choice for the Japanese automaker. Of course, the appeal of the Corolla Cross doesn’t just come from its price tag.

Let’s solve the questions surrounding this new car.

  1. Is the car battery the same battery we use every day, like that of a rabbit?

Corolla Cross batteries are Nickel Hydride (NiMH), specially designed for electric vehicles with durability, safety and energy density superior to conventional batteries. The car also has its own computer system to monitor and control the status of each battery cell.

  1. The HV version uses a 1.8L petrol engine as the V version, but why has a lower capacity, 97 hp versus 138 hp?

Although the same capacity is 1.8L, the engine of the Hybrid is developed exclusively with its own technical requirements. This engine uses the Atkinson cycle instead of the usual Otto cycle, with lower power but higher thermal efficiency than the engine on the V version. Although it has a maximum capacity of 97 horsepower, but capable The immediate response of the 71-hp electric motor makes the Hybrid version still able to outperform the V version when tested in reality with acceleration in the range of 60 to 100 km / h.

  1. Will switching on / off the gasoline engine continuously damage the internal combustion engine?

No problem. The gasoline engine of the hybrid is powered by an integrated electric motor that does not use a starter so the start-up process is very smooth, fast and produces very little friction. Moreover, the car has a mode that only uses the electric motor, completely disconnects the gasoline engine, reducing the time using the gasoline engine, thereby increasing the life without causing harm.

  1. Many people wonder about the battery life of the car, many people think that the battery replacement cost can be up to 1/3 of the car price, is that true or not?

Hybrid battery technology has been developed by Toyota for a long time, and in the Prius line alone, it has sold 15 million units worldwide. With data from Prius cars, within the first 5 years, the rate of battery failure is extremely small and insignificant.

  1. The battery is placed close to the bottom of the vehicle but the vehicle has a ground clearance of 161 mm, so the risk of short, fire when the vehicle is wading?

The battery compartment is completely sealed, if there is no very strong impact damaging it, water cannot enter the battery compartment. If in very rare cases (for example a strong collision underneath or under water), the high-voltage electrical system will automatically shut off, eliminating any risk of electric shock for occupants and the risk of fire.

  1. Can a driver run on electric motor only for short journeys?

The driver can select the electric vehicle mode (EV Mode) to use only the electric motor, but the travel distance is only a maximum of 1 km. In normal operation mode, the user cannot be active in when to use the gasoline engine and when to use the electric motor. Which engine to use is determined by the vehicle’s control system, depending on the state of the battery and the operating conditions.

  1. Is maintenance of a hybrid car more complicated and costly than a gas car?

An electric motor does not need periodic maintenance, which is the excellence of this type of drive. As a result, you hardly need to care about the electric motor care of Corolla Cross HV. Its battery pack also only needs to maintain the air filter of the battery radiator system every 10,000 km, so basically the maintenance of a hybrid car is not complicated and costly than a pure gasoline car.

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