It's only been a year since the Toyota Corolla Cross made its global debut. Based on the number of units we've seen on the road, it seems to be a hit locally. So far, it's already been launched in the ASEAN region and in North America. By the looks of it, Japan will be the next to get the crossover. Toyota did introduce a teaser for the crossover in Japan earlier this month.
While we expect the Japan-version to look very much like the Corolla Cross we have locally, it seems that might not be the case. Spyshots of the Japanese-spec Corolla Cross have surfaced on the internet, and they look very different.
The photos come from Japanese Twitter user @ry_t0925, showing what could be the Japan-spec Corolla Cross on a trailer with other Corolla models. If the photos are to be believed, the JDM Corolla Cross will have a unique front end, different from the ones sold in ASEAN and North America. Based on the photos, there's a different set of headlights, which appear to be full-LED units with an LED strip along the center. It's paired with a revised bumper with a larger center intake. There's no Toyota logo on the grille either, replaced by the signature C logo of the Japan-spec Corolla.
Down the side, new wheels seem to have been fitted. At the rear, the changes are less obvious, but the bumper appears to have a silver accent. The taillights and spoiler design remain the same in the ASEAN and US counterparts. Though it's hard to tell, the badges do appear to have a blue glow, meaning it is a hybrid.
At the moment, there are no details about the powertrain, but it could be the same as the one found in local units. Should it be a hybrid, it could use the same 1.8-liter hybrid powertrain found in PH-spec units. For reference, the local Corolla Cross Hybrid has a combined output of 121 PS and 142 Nm torque paired with a CVT.
There's no word yet when the Japan-spec Corolla Cross will debut. But if this is it, what do you think of the design? Does it look better than the units we receive, or do you like how the local units look more? Let us know in the comments.