Weirdly enough, Japan is one of the last countries in the world to receive the all-new Toyota Corolla Cross. Still, it seems to be time well spent for the Japanese automaker because the Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) Corolla Cross has a completely different face from the rest of the world.
The JDM Toyota Corolla Cross gets a completely different front fascia compared to what the rest of the world gets. And in traditional Japanese fashion, the Corolla Cross is wearing the famous “C” badge that’s always been attached to the JDM Corolla. Surrounding that badge is a slim, protruding upper grille. In the case of the JDM version, it’s the lower air intake that’s been enlarged versus the global model. Also different from the rest of the world are its sleeker LED headlights which feature sweeping LED turn signals integrated into the LED daytime running lights.
The side profile is unchanged, except for the fact that Japan’s Corolla Cross gets a sportier set of 18-inch alloy wheels. Lastly, the rear fascia is also largely unchanged, except for its new rear bumper which features a sportier design than the global model.
As for the interior of the JDM Toyota Corolla Cross, it’s still largely the same as the global model. Hybrid variants feature a 7-inch digital instrument cluster, while an optional panoramic sunroof can be had in either the hybrid or the gas-powered Corolla Cross. Toyota also claims that its 487-liter trunk is the largest in its class.
Two powertrain options are being offered in Japan. The first one is a 1.8-liter inline-4 gasoline engine that produces 140 hp and 172 Nm of torque, with power being sent to the front wheels or all four wheels via a CVT. The second option is the same 122-hp, 1.8-liter hybrid system that’s also powering the Philippine-market Corolla Cross Hybrid, which is likewise mated to a CVT. This variant can also be availed with an E-Four all-wheel drive (AWD) system.
Two suspension setups are available for the JDM Toyota Corolla Cross. Front-wheel drive (FWD) variants have a torsion beam rear suspension, while the AWD variants, just like in the North American version, gets a more sophisticated multi-link rear suspension.
The 2022 Toyota Corolla Cross is now on sale in Japan and will be assembled at Toyota’s Takaoka Plant. The Japanese automaker says that it is targeting to sell 4,400 units per month. Do you like Japan’s Corolla Cross more than ours, or is the global Corolla Cross the more handsome vehicle?