Why didn't the US get the station wagon or hatchback hybrid model that Europe gets? It has so much more potential for storage, tech features, the list goes on.
I’ve always loved the look of the 12th gen. Corolla hatch and estate in higher trim levels offered in European markets, including the GR Sport. The hatch featured in that video is beautiful, IMO. I would actually pay to have those features if offered here in the US.
Unfortunately, here in the US, neither trim level shown in this video would sell. Currently, a ‘23 loaded XSE hatch crosses the $30,000 mark, too expensive through the eyes of many consumers in the US. Adding the hybrid powertrain and features shown in this video would push both models beyond $33,000, easily. Again, too expensive in the eyes of the typical US consumer. This is well into Camry territory. In addition, as others have stated, the estate would not sell because few people on this continent buy wagons. The Corolla Cross is the type of vehicle people (in general) flock to.
This is unfortunate for someone like me, because I much prefer a loaded small car as a daily driver, compared to a larger vehicle. I wish vehicles like the ones shown in the video were offered here, but I know I’m in the minority.