Two weeks ago, we reported that the all-new Toyota Corolla Cross will be arriving in the Philippines this 2020. Originally, we thought it will be making its official debut in Q4 of this year given the COVID-19 pandemic. But according to one of our insiders, the dealers are already being prepped and trained for its eventual arrival – indicating that it might arrive sooner than later.

Now, the automaker has announced that they will be launching an all-new model this coming August 20, 2020. While Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) did not exactly reveal the model, they did mention the 'Corolla' name on one of the teasers, along with a close-up shot of what appears to be the Corolla Cross.

TMP has yet to reveal the Corolla Cross' exact model lineup for the Philippines. But according to our contact, it will supposedly be available in two distinct variants. First is the Corolla Cross 1.8 G which is powered by a naturally-aspirated 1.8-liter Dual VVT-i engine. It puts out 140 PS with 177 Nm of torque and is connected to a Super CVT-i that drives the front wheels.

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Next is the 1.8 HV which gets a 1.8-liter hybrid powertrain derived from the Corolla Altis Hybrid. The 1.8-liter engine makes 98 PS with 142 Nm of torque while the electric motor provides 72 PS and 163 Nm of torque. Combined, the Corolla Cross has a total system output of 122 PS. Like the 1.8 G, the 1.8 HV is coupled to a Super CVT-i that drives the front wheels.

In terms of equipment, the crossover could come with the following features – touchscreen infotainment with T-Link, automatic climate control, 17-inch alloy wheels, LED headlights, power tailgate, and even leather upholstery. More importantly, Toyota Safety Sense will apparently be available on the 1.8 HV version which will give the Corolla Cross enhanced safety features like lane departure alert, pre-collision system, etc.

How much will the Corolla Cross cost? Well, the 1.8 G will supposedly start at PhP 1,285,000 while the 1.8 HV will retail for PhP 1,650,000. And should you want the Corolla Cross to be painted White Pearl, you have to pay an extra PhP 15,000 for that.

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At less than PhP 1.290 million, the Corolla Cross undercuts its closest competitors – namely the Honda HR-V (PhP 1.295 million) and the Subaru XV (PhP 1.568 million). The question now is, will the Corolla Cross be as successful as the other two. 

Are you excited for the arrival of the 2021 Toyota Corolla Cross? We won't have to wait too long now.