Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) has recently sent invites to the media about its next virtual car launch. Based on the invitation, the Japanese automaker says it will be their first hybrid crossover launch. With this in mind, we think it could be the highly-anticipated Toyota Corolla Cross.
Of course, we could be wrong, since there is the possibility that this could be the launch for a hybrid variant of the Japanese-built Toyota RAV4. There are also hybrid versions of the Toyota CH-R and Highlander three-row SUV being sold in other parts of the world. However, based on Toyota’s recent global car launches, here’s why we think it is highly likely that TMP’s next product launch is for the Corolla Cross.
First debuting in Thailand as a global model, it is very much expected that Toyota’s latest crossover will eventually be offered in the Philippines given that a number of TMP’s products are sourced from the Land of Smiles. TMP President Atsuhiro Okamoto also confirmed during the launch of the 2021 Toyota Vios that the Corolla Cross is coming to the Philippines. Though the executive did not provide any launch date, this recently posted social media teaser from TMP confirms that it is indeed the Corolla Cross.
The all-new Toyota Corolla Cross is powered by a 1.8-liter inline-4 naturally-aspirated gasoline engine that produces 140 hp and 177 Nm of torque, but only for the base model. The vast majority of the lineup gets a 1.8-liter hybrid powertrain that’s also found in the Corolla Altis and Prius.
The gasoline engine in the hybrid system produces 98 hp and 142 Nm of torque while the electric motor provides another 72 hp and 163 Nm of torque. In total, the whole system produces 121 hp with no total torque figures provided. Power goes through the front wheels via an eCVT. Do note that the total hybrid system output is simply not a matter of adding the figures of the two power sources. Based on the invite, we’re definitely sure to get the hybrid powertrain, though it is still unsure if the non-hybrid model will be offered here in our market.
As for the crossover SUV’s design, it’s a good thing that the Corolla Cross looks quite unique from the sedan version. The front fascia features a large single mesh grille design that’s flanked by LED headlights with LED daytime running lights. Towards the side, the Corolla Cross features two boomerang-shaped character lines highlighting the wheel arches. Lastly, the rear fascia features a pair of slim LED taillights.
While both cars share the same TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) platform, the Corolla Cross uses a simpler torsion beam suspension at the rear for better interior space. Still, Toyota says that despite this, comfort and handling remain top-notch.
The interior of the Corolla Cross feels the most similar versus the Corolla Altis. The overall dashboard design remains the same, though buyers in Thailand can opt for red leather upholstery for the upper dash, doors, and seats. Also in Thailand and other global markets, the Toyota Corolla Cross features an 8-inch Toyota OEM infotainment system with Apple CarPlay smartphone integration.
Final specs for the Philippine market are still unknown at this point, but we think that the Toyota Corolla Cross will be equipped with Toyota Safety Sense on the higher variants. This suite of advanced driver-assist systems includes automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, blind spot warning, rear cross traffic alert, and full-speed adaptive cruise control.
We have until August 20, 2020 to truly find out what the country’s largest automaker has in store for us. Be sure to stick to Go Flat Out PH in order to be updated with the latest in the Philippine automotive industry.