Playing host to production facilities for a number of carmakers, Thailand is a formidable automotive hub in the Southeast Asian region. So it comes as a bit of good news that the country is pushing through with this year’s Bangkok Motor Show on July 15.
Another possibility to look forward to is that Toyota might use the event as the springboard for its new Corolla-based crossover SUV.
The Toyota Corolla Cross will complement the C-HR crossover pictured above
Thai automotive website Headlight Magazine reports that the model, dubbed the Corolla Cross, is positioned as the more functional complement to the sleeker (but not very utilitarian) C-HR. The Corolla Cross name has been registered with the European Intellectual Property Organization as early as 2018, and the upcoming model represents the culmination of two years of testing and development.
Coming in at 4,460 mm long, 1,825 mm wide, and 1,620 mm high, the Corolla Cross sports slightly higher dimensions than its C-HR sibling, although they share the same 2,640-mm wheelbase.
The two models both slot in the B-segment crossover class, where rivals such as the MG ZS, Mazda CX-30, Nissan Kicks, and Honda HR-V hold court.
Underpinning the new model is the same chassis used by the Corolla Altis
Details have so far been scarce on the new model’s exterior and interior elements, although occasional spy shots hint at a fascia that follows the sedan’s design. What has been confirmed is that the Corolla Cross rides on the Toyota New Global Architecture C (TGNA-C) platform, the same one which underpins both the Toyota Corolla for sale and the C-HR.
Spread across four variants (1.8 Sport, Hybrid Smart, Hybrid Premium, and Hybrid Premium Safety), the Corolla Cross comes with two engine options on offer: a 1.8L 2ZR-FBE gasoline engine with 140 hp and 175 Nm of torque mated to a CVT, and a 1.8L 2ZR-FXE hybrid making 98 hp and 142 Nm of pull, accompanied by a 600-volt electric motor that generates an additional 72 hp and 163 Nm of torque, hooked up to an E-CVT gearbox.
A hybrid option will be available for maximum efficiency
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At launch, expected pricing for the Corolla Cross is between 900,000 and 1,200,000 Thai baht (Php 1,450,955 – Php 1,934,606). If Toyota decides to bring it to the Philippine market, would you consider buying one?
Catch the latest news on upcoming models at Philkotse.com.
Know more about Toyota Corolla Altis 2021
The all-new Altis from Japanese marque Toyota is now on its 12th generation. This compact sedan gets an upgraded mechanics, modern aesthetics, and a trendier and more comfortable interior. It makes this car more attractive to Filipino buyers. The Japanese offering has something more to offer – a hybrid variant for the range-topping model. It’s a great advantage since none of its competitors have the same hybrid version availability. Even better, you can get a hybrid Toyota Corolla Altis at a relatively affordable price – that is, if you’re okay with spending a considerable amount for a greener powertrain. If not, the conventional 1.6-liter powered unit is always available. The mainly blacked-themed interior is complemented with chrome accents and blue lighting. Digital displays populate the interior of the Toyota Corolla Altis, creating a modern-looking cabin. 1.6 V and 1.8 Hybrid variants get leather upholstery. The Corolla Altis is equipped with six speakers for entertainment and an automatic climate control to keep the passengers comfortable while on the road. Security alarm, airbags, and ABS with electronic brake assist are a standard feature in this compact sedan. The entry-level Toyota Corolla Altis 1.6 E variant is also equipped with seven airbags. The Toyota Corolla Altis, as offered by Toyota Motor Philippines, is available in five variants.
Joseph Paolo Estabillo