A small pickup based on the Toyota Corolla could compete with the Ford Maverick
- Toyota is reportedly considering adding a new pickup truck to its lineup that will be based on the Corolla.
- This new car will compete with the Ford Maverick and Hyundai Santa Cruz.
- Rumors suggest it could arrive in 2027 and that it will be built at the Toyota plant in Mississippi that currently builds the Corolla.
Toyota already has midsize and full-size segments covered with its Tacoma and Tundra pickups, but there could be room underneath those trucks for a new, smaller, crossover-based pickup. As reported Car News, Toyota is considering adding a Corolla-based compact pickup truck that would compete with the Ford Maverick and Hyundai Santa Cruz. As for the name, your guess is as good as ours, but we wouldn’t be surprised if Toyota brought back a name from its history like Stout, a moniker it first applied to a pickup truck sold in the U.S. in the 1960s.
Just like the relationship between the Maverick, Bronco Sport, Santa Cruz and Tucson, the Corolla-based pickup will likely share components with the Corolla Cross small SUV. As shown in our illustration, it could combine a five-seat crew cab configuration with a short cargo bed to replace the crossover hatch.
Hybrid power is almost a certainty, given that we’re talking about Toyota. We thought the Corolla Cross’s 196-hp, all-wheel-drive hybrid setup with an EPA combined rating of 42 mpg would be the truck’s standard powertrain. It may be reinforced slightly to help with towing and payload capacity. The Maverick’s optional hybrid drivetrain, for reference, produces 191 horsepower and is rated at 37 mpg combined, but currently only comes with front-wheel drive.
The supposed arrival of this new small car is still a few years away, so it makes sense that it will be based on the facelifted or redesigned Corolla Cross rather than the version on sale today that arrived for the 2022 model year. While the Corolla Cross is manufactured at Toyota’s joint factory with Mazda in Alabama AN report says the pickup will be manufactured alongside the Corolla sedan in Mississippi.
Despite growing up on a steady diet of base-model Hondas and Toyotas—or perhaps because of it—Joey Caparella had an obsession with the automobile industry throughout his childhood in Nashville, Tennessee. He found a way to write about cars for the school newspaper during his college years at Rice University, which eventually led him to move to Ann Arbor, Michigan, to start his first professional auto writing gig at Rice University. Car magazine. It was part of Car and driver Team since 2016 and now lives in New York City.