Toyota isn't done dishing out new crossovers this year. There was the Yaris Cross, all-new Harrier and it's rebadged American version, the Venza. The Japanese automaker has now followed those up with the first-ever Corolla Cross.
After months of waiting and several spy shot photos, Toyota's newest crossover has made its debut. From what we can see, it looks nothing like a lifted Corolla Altis or even the Corolla wagon. Like the Yaris Cross, the 2021 Corolla Cross has been given a distinct look over its sedan, hatchback, and wagon counterparts.
Just how different is it? The headlights are nothing like the ones you see in other Corollas with its slim, polygonal design. Its clusters are wide, occupying most of the front end. Making it look even wider is its grille, which droops downwards on each corner. Thick cladding then surrounds the entire lower half of the vehicle.
As for the rest of the vehicle's body, there's a fair amount of organic curves and lines. The window frames on the other hand appear to draw a bit of inspiration from the RAV4 with its rear window treatment. Over to the rear, there's a par of slim taillights and a rakish windshield. In terms of length, the Corolla Cross isn't as long as the RAV4, measuring in at 4,460 mm. Width and height on the other hand are at 1,825 mm and 1,620 mm, respectively. It also has a shorter wheelbase than the RAV4 at 2,640mm.
Inside, however, it might be familiar to all-new Altis owners. From the design of the dash to the front door panels, it appears identical to the sedan. Even the steering wheel looks like it's been lifted straight from the Altis. The infotainment system on the other hand is different, although that unit might be specific for the Thai market. Over there, the crossover comes standard with Apple CarPlay, internet connectivity options, rear camera, and automatic climate control.
There are four variants available for the Corolla Cross, at least for Thailand. There's the base Sport, followed by the Hybrid Smart and Hybrid Premium. Topping the range is the Hybrid Premium Safety.
The base Sport is the only one without a hybrid powertrain and uses halogen projector headlights instead of LEDs. Move up to the Hybrid Smart and it gains, well, that hybrid powertrain and LED projector headlights plus a different set of wheels. Up next, the Hybrid Premium adds a power tailgate with hands-free opening and closing, power seats at the front, blind-spot monitoring, and even rear cross-traffic alert.
As for the Hybrid Premium Safety, it comes with Toyota Safety Sense. On top of all the standard kit fitted to the Hybrid Premium, the highest variant of the Corolla crossover has Dynamic Radar Cruise Control, Automatic High Beam, Pre-Collision Warning, Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist and Lane Tracing assist, just like the ones fitted to the Corolla Altis Hybrid.
Powering the Corolla Cross Sport is a 1.8-liter mill that's good for 140 PS and 175 Nm of torque. The hybrid versions on the other hand use an Atkinson Cycle version of the 1.8-liter, along with a 600-volt electric motor. The electric motors alone provide 72 PS and 163 Nm of torque, while the engine makes 99 PS and 142 Nm of torque. No manual transmission option is available as both models shift with a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
With it being launched in Thailand, does it mean the Philippines will get the Corolla Cross too? So far, we haven't been hearing any hints of its arrival here just yet. But based on our previous report, Toyota Motor Philippines appears to be planning on offering it soon. With that in mind, it looks like there will always be room for crossovers in Toyota's local range, right?
TMP does not usually kill off models, but with the similarity with the FWD RAV4 being sold here and the obvious AFTA advantages, we can't help but wonder if the Corolla Cross would replace the RAV4 for the PH market.