The 2021 Toyota Corolla Cross made its official debut in Thailand. It’s a five-seater crossover SUV that’s set to rival the likes of the Honda HR-V, Subaru XV, and Geely Coolray should Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) decide to bring the Corolla Cross in our market.
This vehicle is like the smaller version of the RAV4 but it is relatively longer and wider as compared to the Rush, which sort of makes the Corolla Cross a bit out of place as to how it will fit in the current model lineup of TMP.
It may affect the sales performance of the Rush since Filipino buyers could consider getting the Corolla Cross, which is an all-new model. On the other hand, the Corolla Cross might have a difficult time attracting Filipino consumers given the standard retail price of its entry-level variant in Thailand, which is around Php 1,570,000.
2021 Toyota Corolla Cross [Image: Headlight Magazine]
To put things in perspective, the current top-spec Rush that we have in the market is priced at Php 1,100,000, which is almost 500K cheaper than the Corolla Cross.
Moreover, the entry-level price of the Corolla Cross is not far off with the price tag of the current Fortuner that we have here. In fact, you can already get the 4x2 G Diesel AT variant of the Fortuner at Php 1,723,00, which is just more than Php 150,000 than the entry-level Corolla Cross. Also, the Fortuner comes with a seven-seater capacity as compared to the Crolla Cross’ five.
2021 Toyota Corolla Cross has a starting price of around Php 1,570,000 in Thailand [Image: Headlight Magazine]
But maybe we’re thinking ahead too much in considering the idea of TMP bringing the Corolla Cross. Let’s shift back our focus to Toyota’s latest vehicle, shall we?
The Japanese automaker’s new crossover SUV is built on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), specifically the TNGA-C platform that’s also used for the Corolla Altis and C-HR.
As said earlier, the Corolla Cross is like the smaller version of the RAV4 and it is a vehicle that comes with a more conservative design as compared to the C-HR.
To get more ideas about how the 2021 Corolla Cross looks like in metal, watch the walkaround video below courtesy of Thailand’s Headlight Magazine.
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Under the hood, the 2021 Corolla Cross is powered by 1.8-liter gasoline or a 1.8-liter hybrid engine. The gasoline power unit delivers 140 hp and 175 Nm of torque. It is connected to a continuously variable transmission (CVT).
On the other hand, the hybrid engine makes 98 hp and 142 Nm, and it is connected to a CVT. This engine is combined with a 600 V electric motor, which gives an additional 72 hp and 163 Nm.
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Know more about Toyota Corolla Cross
The local crossover segment is getting even more exciting as Toyota Motor Philippines launched the all-new Corolla Cross. It is a five-seater crossover that’s available in two variants with a starting price of Php 1,285,000 for the gasoline-powered Corolla Cross while the Hybrid version is priced at Php 1,650,000. Designed as the stylish urban vehicle, the Corolla Cross combines Toyota’s signature “QDR” (quality, durability, and reliability) with style and functionality. Its hybrid electric variant further realizes Toyota’s vision of sustainable mobility and makes self-charging hybrid technology more accessible to Filipinos. The Toyota Corolla Cross was initially launched in Thailand and shared the same Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform with the 12th generation Toyota Corolla Altis. The new crossover is the same as the sedan it is based on that is available with a hybrid power plant.