Toyota Corolla Cross GR Sport makes ASEAN debut with tweaked suspension

Updated Dec 02, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

It uses the same powertrain as the top-spec Corolla Cross hybrid.

Toyota has recently launched the Toyota Corolla Cross GR Sport for the Thai-market. And as the name implies, it is the sportier-looking version of the Corolla Altis-based crossover. As a side note, this GR Sport model is identical to the one launched earlier this year in Taiwan.

A picture of the Corolla Cross GR Sport on a highway

The 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross GR Sport

In terms of looks, this version of the Corolla Cross gets a trendier appearance courtesy of black-colored exterior pieces. Specifically, it comes with a black-colored roof, black side mirrors, and even its taillamps are provided with a black tint. It then rides on a set of Gazoo racing 18-inch alloy wheels with a two-tone color scheme.

For mechanical bits, the Corolla Cross GR Sport offers better handling overall by way of an alternate set of shock absorbers and springs. Its electronic steering system was also given a sportier quality via a tune. The body of this vehicle is also stiffer than the normal Corolla Cross as it is equipped with a lower strut bar.

A picture of the rear of the Toyota Corolla Cross GR Sport

The Corolla Cross GR Sport from the rear

Its powertrain though, no alterations were made. It still uses a 1.8-liter inline-4 DOHC hybrid engine paired with an intelligent continuously variable transmission (e-CVT), which then sends power to the front wheels. At maximum, the said engine can produce a combined output of 120 horsepower and 142 Nm of torque.

Like most GR Sport variants, the Corolla Cross GR Sport for Thailand gets a tweaked interior. Specifically, it gets GR logos on its headrests and on its push-to-start button. Its seats also come with silver-colored accent stitching, and the instrument panel is decorated with a piano black trim piece.

Another new feature that comes with the Corolla Cross GR Sport is an update for the Toyota Safety Sense. It now has lane trace assist, as well as all-speed dynamic radar cruise control.

A picture of the Corolla Cross GR Sport in a tunnel.

Do you want to see the Toyota Corolla Cross GR Sport on local roads?

In the land of smiles, the Toyota Corolla Cross GR Sport is priced at 1,249,000 Baht. Converted to current exchange rates, that’s around Php 1,864,000. In a hypothetical scenario where Toyota Philippines brings in this model to the local market though, we reckon that price will be slightly different.

In general though, it carries a premium over the standard Corolla Cross. But regardless, do you want to see the Corolla Cross GR Sport in the local market?

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Know more about Toyota Corolla Cross 2022

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 1,285,000. The top-spec model meanwhile is the Corolla Cross Hybrid V 1.8 CVT, which can be had for Php 1,650,000. 

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 in turn has a 1.8-liter hybrid engine capable of making up to 120 horsepower and 142 Nm of torque. Both variants are front-wheel-drive, and both 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

₱ 1,303,000 - ₱ 1,665,000

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Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel

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Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.

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