Toyota adds Corolla Cross to its GR Sport lineup

Updated Feb 22, 2022 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

The new top-spec subcompact crossover variant looks tight.

Toyota is on a mission to aggressively market its Gazoo Racing branding down to the consumer level. It has pulled the sheets off the most recent arrival in the roster: the Corolla Cross GR Sport, with a maiden release on the Taiwanese market. 

Toyota Taiwan launches the Corolla Cross GR Sport

True to its inclusion in the lineup, the Corolla Cross in GR Sport guise will come with a host of aesthetic (and some mechanical) upgrades that set it apart from the standard model. Customers familiar with the Philippine-spec version’s angry catfish grille will note the revised fascia on the new top-spec variant. 

The bi-beam LED headlamps are still there, but they now flank a new grille that seemingly takes design cues from the Hilux. A restyled bumper pushes the foglamps further to the corners, set against larger air intakes. The aluminum-style skid plate is now echoed on the more aggressive underguards found along the vehicle’s profile. 

Corolla Cross GR Sport grille

The restyled fascia takes design cues from the Hilux

Local releases of the Corolla Cross came without roof rails, an omission now corrected on the GR Sport version, complementing the blacked-out roof and A-pillars. A piano black finish coats the exterior mirrors, and the LED tail lamps sport a darker shade while hovering above a more prominent rear diffuser. The icing on the cake is a GR Sport badge at the lower right corner of the tailgate, while the 18-inch alloy wheels have been retained. 

Inside, current Corolla Cross owners can expect the same cabin, albeit with slight design touches by way of prominent GR branding. These can be found on the sport seat headrests, multi-information display, and engine start button. While Philippine-spec Corolla Cross units get up to an 8-inch touchscreen head unit, the GR Sport variant updates this with a 9-inch infotainment monitor patched to six speakers.   

Corolla Cross GR Sport cabin

Practically everything's the same inside except for the GR branding

The Corolla Cross GR Sport will continue to offer the Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) suite of driver-assist features, including pre-collision system, automatic high beam, lane tracing assist, and adaptive cruise control. This is accompanied by the standard seven airbags, anti-lock brakes with electronic brakeforce distribution, and stability control. 

Toyota hasn’t fiddled with the powertrain options on the Corolla Cross GR Sport, still offering a choice between a standard 1.8-liter gasoline engine rated at 140 horsepower and 172 Nm of torque, or a 1.8-liter mill paired with an electric motor for a total output of 120 horsepower. Both are mated to a continuously variable transmission.

Corolla Cross GR Sport suspension

A revised suspension should make the GR Sport variant more agile around corners

There are suspension tweaks however, with a specially tuned chassis comprising changes to the power steering, MacPherson front struts, and rear torsion beam. An underbody bracket in aluminum alloy has also been deployed to increase rigidity without putting on additional weight.   

Toyota Corolla Cross GR Sport front shot

Toyota Corolla Cross GR Sport

Prices for the new Corolla Cross GR Sport start at TWD 875,000 (almost Php 1.58 million) for the non-hybrid version, going up to TWD 945,000 (Php 1.7 million). With reports of the Hilux GR Sport and Fortuner GR Sport coming into our market soon, would it make sense for Toyota Motor Philippines to bring the Corolla Cross GR Sport aboard as well?

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Know more about Toyota Corolla Cross 2023

Toyota Corolla Cross

The Toyota Corolla Cross is essentially the crossover version of the Corolla Altis. It shares the same TNGA-C platform as its sedan brother, and it has the same selection of powertrains at least for the local market.  

Currently, there are two available variants for the Corolla Cross. The entry-level variant is the Corolla Cross G 1.8 CVT and it has a price tag of Php 1,318,000. The top-spec model meanwhile is the Corolla Cross Hybrid V 1.8 CVT, which can be had for Php 1,680,000. Later in 2023, Toyota PH then added the Corolla Cross GR-S, which is priced at Php 1,844,000.

The Philippine-spec Corolla Cross has two available engine options. For the G-trim, it uses a 1.8-liter inline-4 gasoline engine that can produce up to 138 horsepower and 172 Nm of torque. The V-trim and GR-S in turn both use a 1.8-liter hybrid engine capable of making up to 120 horsepower and 142 Nm of torque. All variants are front-wheel-drive, and all use a continuously variable transmission.  

Size-wise, the Toyota Corolla Cross measures 4,460mm in length, 1,825mm in width, and 1,620mm in height. It also has a wheelbase length of 2,640mm, and a ground clearance of 161 mm. 

Locally, this Toyota-made crossover competes against the likes of the Subaru XV, the Honda HR-V, Ford Territory, Kia Seltos, and the Mazda CX-30

₱ 1,318,000 - ₱ 1,844,000

Joseph Paolo Estabillo

Joseph Paolo Estabillo


Joseph holds a degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines Diliman and has been writing professionally since 1999. He has written episodes for CNN Philippines' motoring show Drive, and has worked on corporate projects for MG Philippines and Pilipinas Shell. Aside from being’s Content Lead, he also writes content for numerous car dealerships in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, and Maserati, among others.


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