So yesterday we published an article that the Toyota Corolla Cross has been confirmed for the local market, and that the model will be likely launched in the fourth quarter of this year given the delays brought out by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Boy, did we get that estimate wrong.
We just got word from our contacts, and it seems the launch of the Toyota Corolla Cross for the Philippines will happen much sooner than we expected. Actually, they're planning to launch the model in the Philippines by late August or early September. Yes, that's right. We're talking about a month away.
Apart from the new (and surprising) timing of the arrival of the Corolla Cross, we can now tell you more details about the new crossover from Toyota that will slot into the fairly big gap between the Toyota Rush, as well as the Toyota RAV4. And that includes the variants.
Details are still coming in, but it appears that Toyota Motor Philippines will launch the Corolla Cross in two variants: Corolla Cross 1.8G and Corolla Cross 1.8 HEV.
The first variant is the one we expected, meaning the model with the 140 PS, 177 Nm 1.8-liter Dual VVT-i engine, and the Super CVT-i front-wheel drive transmission. It will come with the usual features expected of G grade Toyota models like power everything, a connectivity package based around T-Link, so on and so forth. It will have 17-inch wheels, and will also come with a pedal-type parking brake.
But what we're truly curious about is the Corolla Cross 1.8 HEV... meaning hybrid electric vehicle. That means it will have the same powertrain, more or less, as the Toyota Corolla Altis Hybrid and the Prius Hybrid. In the Corolla Cross, the engine is the 2ZR-FXE that makes 98 PS and 142 Nm of torque, and it's paired with an electric motor that makes 72 PS and 163 Nm. The vehicle will have an electric CVT driving the front wheels.
*Right-hand drive model shown
The HEV version of the Corolla Cross will come with Toyota Safety Sense which will be more similar in spec to the TSS found in the Hiace Super Grandia such as lane departure alert, pre-collision system, so on and so forth. We were also informed that the HEV version will have Android Auto and Apple CarPlay as standard.
There are more features, but those are the pertinent ones. As for color options, the Philippine market will have seven: Celesite Gray Metallic, Metal Stream Metallic, Red Mica Metallic, Attitude Black, Graphite Metallic, Nebula Blue, and Platinum White Pearl.
Now here's the critical part: pricing. That part hasn't been released to us yet by our contacts; we don't even have indicative an price yet. But what we're told is that Toyota will be aiming squarely for the Honda HR-V in terms of their pricing structure. As to how much, feel free to venture a few guesses below based on that.
Are you excited for the Corolla Cross for the Philippine market?