The Toyota Corolla Cross comes into the Philippine automotive market available with two variants. Based on the Toyota Corolla Altis, the new crossover brings with it a higher ride height and two available powertrain options. Similar to its sedan counterpart it can be had with either a 1.8-liter naturally aspirated gasoline engine or a 1.8-liter hybrid power plant. Both of these engines are available with only a CVT which exclusively sends power to the front wheels.
The Toyota Corolla Cross was launched in the Philippines on August 20, 2020, and was made available with two variants. Similar to all-new crossover's launch in Thailand it can be had with a 1.8-liter naturally aspirated gasoline engine as well as a hybrid gasoline power plant. Upon entering the local automotive market it had a starting price of P1,285,000 for the 1.8 G CVT variant, while it's range-topping 1.8 V hybrid comes with a price tag of P1,650,000. Customers also have the option of getting the special Platinum Pearl White Mica color option for the vehicle with an additional cost of P15,000.
The Corolla Cross is only available with a CVT and an E-CVT for the hybrid variant. The hybrid variant also comes standard with three driving modes (ECO, SPORT, and EV) which all help maximize what its powertrain can do in terms of fuel economy, performance, and just running on its battery system.
Platform, Chassis and Powertrain
The Corolla Cross shares the same TNGA platform as its sedan counterpart the Toyota Corolla Altis. The chassis are the same as they share in the same hybrid engine as well as the same suspension components. However, it is important to note that the Corolla Cross's suspension has been tuned differently from its sedan stablemate in order to handle the extra weight of the vehicle.
The Corolla Cross comes powered by either 1.8-liter naturally aspirated engine that pushes out 138hp and 172 Nm of torque or a 1.8-liter hybrid powertrain. It is important to note that the 1.8-liter motor in the hybrid system on its own produces 98hp and 142 Nm of torque. With the electric motor and the gasoline-fed engine working together the total output of the Corolla Cross is 120hp and 142 Nm of torque.
The suspension comes in the form of MacPherson Struts at the front and a torsion beam at the rear. Braking performance comes from Ventilated discs at the front while the rear only gets solid discs. This provides the vehicle with more than enough braking power along with a comfortable ride.
138 horsepower, 172 Newton-meters of torque
120 horsepower, 142 Newton-meters of torque
The driving performance of the Corolla Cross is similar to the Corolla Altis. The engine is smooth, but if you opt for the Hybrid variant, you can expect a marginally smoother ride and a quiet powertrain. Because it is a crossover with a unibody chassis, the Corolla Cross gets a good amount of ground clearance which allows it to clear bumps and potholes easier. The usual tradeoff is that a taller vehicle will tend to roll, but the Corolla Cross does well to manage its weight, remaining planted even while cornering.
NVH insulation is superb in the Corolla Cross, which is further emphasized by the quietness of its engine. Wind noise and road noise are imperceptible, as is the engine while driving in the city with EV mod engaged.
The Toyota Corolla Cross comes with a host of features that make it worth the purchase in the Philippines. Its hybrid variant comes with a large 8-inch infotainment system that now comes with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capabilities as standard. This lets the user easily sync up their phones to the vehicle in order to better utilize their smartphones without having to look away from the road.
The vehicle also comes with Toyota's Safety Sense system which gives the vehicle access to features such as a pre-collision system, adaptive cruise control, automatic braking, lane departure alter, lane keep assist, automatic high beam, and other features that help make the vehicle safer.
The 2021 Toyota Corolla Cross in the Philippines can be had with Bi-Beam LEDs for the Hybrid variant and Halogen projectors for the 1.8 G variant. Daytime running lights are present in both variants, however, the V gets LEDs while the G gets halogen bulbs instead. Moving on to the rear of the crossover both variants come standard with LED taillights that come with a line guide and bulbs as well. Both variants get power-adjustable rearview mirrors with the V variant getting also getting reverse camera functionality. The Corolla Cross also comes with a Gun metallic front grille along with a Black grille for the lower trim levels. The windshield wipers for the V trim come with rain-sensing capabilities while the G variant gets intermittent and time adjustability. Frame molding is standard with the crossover, however, the V variant gets Black accents and chrome while the G variant only gets the black plastic cladding.
The Corolla Cross comes with a black-themed interior that is accented by a gray headliner. The available seat material is cloth for the G variant and leather for the V hybrid model. Since it is based on the Toyota Corolla Altis the dashboard layout is the same. The range-topping model comes with a 7-inch digital gauge cluster while the entry-level G model gets a 3.5-inch display instead which is flanked by analogue gauges.
In terms of safety, the Toyota Corolla Cross comes with 7-SRS airbags as standard along with ABS with EBD, vehicle stability control, traction control, hill start assist, brake assist, and 3-point seatbelts for all occupants. The G variant comes with 2 rear sonar clearance sensors, while the V variant gets two at the front and four at the rear.
The Toyota Corolla cross was able to score a 5-star rating on the ASEAN NCAP. The crossover was able to score well when it came to adult occupant protection coming in with 33.01 points. The Corolla Cross also did well when it comes to child occupant protection with a score of 44.35. When it came to safety assist features the crossover also performed excellently coming in with a score of 14.50 All in all the Toyota crossover was able to get a score of 87.46/100. With this score and with the minimum criteria to get a 5-star rating at 80 points the Corolla Cross passed with flying colors.
Tested Variant: Toyota Corolla Cross 1.8 V Hybrid CVT
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Toyota Corolla Cross 1.8 G CVT
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April 29, 2021
Toyota Corolla Cross FAQs
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Does the Corolla Cross come with all-wheel-drive?
In the Philippines and in other countries, the Corolla Cross only comes with a front-engined-front-wheel-drive layout which helps maximize cabin space as well as minimize weight.
Where is the Corolla Cross produced?
Toyota Motor Philippines sources its Corolla Cross units from the brand's factory in Thailand.
Does the Toyota Corolla Cross come with a diesel engine option in the Philippines?
Toyota Motor Philippines only offers its compact crossover with either a gasoline engine or a hybrid powertrain.
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