It finally happened. The Corolla has become a crossover. This, in a nutshell, is the big news for Toyota Motor Corporation as it debuts the Corolla Cross in Thailand.
While the Corolla has been the brand’s best-selling nameplate, crossovers and SUVs have ruled the roost lately. This has relegated the Corolla to support status in terms of sales. Apparently, Toyota isn’t too keen on this and wants its best-seller to remain on top. Hence, the marriage of Corolla underpinnings with SUV styling and practicality.
Riding on Toyota’s New Global Architecture C platform, the Corolla Cross takes its cue from the funky CH-R, the RAV4, and the Corolla itself. It features styling cues from the last one, with some bits taken from the RAV4. And it slots in between the two vehicles in terms of size.
When it comes to propulsion, the Corolla Cross gives buyers a choice between a gasoline mill and a hybrid version. The gas version uses a 1.8-liter 2ZR-FE motor that dishes out 140bhp and 129lb-ft, mated to a CVT. The hybrid utilizes the same 1.8-liter gas mill with 98bhp and 105lb-ft of torque, paired with a 600V electric motor good for 72bhp and 120lb-ft of torque. It transfers power to the wheels via e-CVT.
So why bring out the Corolla Cross, you ask? Because they can. And maybe it will help buyers who want the reliability and age-old assurance of a Corolla but need a bit more practicality.
The 2021 Toyota Corolla Cross was introduced in Thailand today. Hopefully, Toyota Motor Philippines will bring it to our shores.
So, are you okay with the Corolla crossing over?