We’re only a week away before Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) officially launches the highly anticipated Corolla Cross on August 20. The model made its global debut earlier this year in Thailand last July. Since then, our ASEAN neighbors have also rolled out the model in their respective countries.
Considering how new it is, most expected that all ASEAN models would look the same. This is unlike the Corolla sedan which has a different front and rear depending on where you are in the world. However, it seems the Corolla Cross in Vietnam looks a little bit different from the one launched in Thailand.
It’s a bit hard to spot the difference, between the Thai-spec and the Vietnam-spec Corolla Cross. But the changes are mostly on the grille and the exterior accents. The one in Vietnam appears to have a revised front grille which features a trim piece instead of just a black honeycomb design. It also helps distinguish whether the model in question is a hybrid or not apart from the blue emblem and badges. The hybrid gets a blue finish while the non-hybrid gets the traditional chrome finish.
Aside from the grille, it also gets more chrome/colored accents all over the body (depending on the variant). Upfront, the bumper has a vertical trim strip at the ends. At the rear, additional trim pieces beside the reflectors get the same treatment.
Other than the revised grille and extra colored/chrome exterior trim pieces, all other specs of the Corolla Cross look the same. Since Vietnam is a left-hand drive country, the cabin photo gives us an idea of what the Philippine-spec will look like inside as well. The same engine options are offered on both Vietnam and Philippines models – a 1.8-liter naturally-aspirated mill and a 1.8-liter hybrid powertrain.
At the moment, we don’t know if the grille and additional accents will make its way to the Philippine-spec model. We will just have to wait and see until August 20 when TMP officially launches the Corolla Cross locally. Hopefully, we at least get that sweet infotainment system seen in the Vietnam-spec unit.