As promised, Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) has finally unveiled the 2021 Toyota Corolla Cross, just a month after the launch of the refreshed Toyota Vios. The all-new Toyota Corolla Cross also happens to be Toyota’s first hybrid crossover SUV in the Philippines.
The 2021 Toyota Corolla Cross will be available in two variants, a 1.6 G and 1.8 V Hybrid. Regardless of variant, both SUVs look quite different from the Corolla Altis sedan from the outside. And that’s a good thing because the Corolla Cross does not look like a lifted Corolla with a bit of body cladding and then calling it a day. Standard features for all variants include passive entry with push-button start, LED daytime running lights, LED foglights and LED taillights. Unique features for the 1.8 V Hybrid include LED headlights, 18-inch alloy wheels, various blue exterior highlights, and reverse-linked tilting side mirrors.
While the Toyota Corolla Cross shares the same TNGA-C platform as the Corolla Altis, the Corolla Cross uses a simpler torsion beam rear suspension versus the independent multi-link rear suspension found in the sedan. However, Toyota says that the torsion beam set-up has been tuned for smoother ride and handling. The simpler suspension also enabled Toyota’s engineers to eke out more interior space for the Corolla Cross.
Speaking of the interior, this is where the similarities with the sedan are even more apparent. Though we’re quite happy to see that Toyota has upgraded its infotainment system for the Corolla Cross. The 1.8 V Hybrid uses Toyota’s own OEM system, which uses an 8-inch touch screen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Other features unique to the hybrid are power adjustable driver’s seat, 7-inch digital gauge cluster and leather seats.
As mentioned, the 2021 Toyota Corolla Cross is available as a hybrid. It consists of a 1.8-liter 2ZR-FXE Atkinson cycle petrol engine, producing 98 hp and 142 Nm, of torque. This is mated to a 600-volt electric motor that provides another 72 hp and 163 Nm of torque. In total, the whole system produces 122 hp and around 200 Nm of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels via an eCVT.
The other powertrain choice is a naturally-aspirated 1.8-liter gasoline engine for the base 1.8 G. This engine produces 140 hp and 172 Nm of torque, with power also being sent to the front wheels via a CVT.
We’re also happy to see that TMP has added Toyota Safety Sense (TSS), which is the brand’s suite of advanced driver-assist systems. Exclusive to the 1.8 V Hybrid, TSS includes automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane tracing assist, and adaptive cruise control. On top of TSS, the Corolla Cross 1.8 V Hybrid also includes blind spot warning and rear cross traffic alert.
On top of those advanced driver-assist features, all Corolla Cross variants get a reverse camera, seven airbags, parking sensors, electronic stability control, and hill start assist.
Now, this is the most surprising part, and in a massively good way. The 2021 Toyota Corolla Cross will be sold with the following very competitive prices:
1.8 G CVT: P1,285,000
1.8 V Hybrid: P1,650,000