Toyota Motor Philippines marked another milestone by introducing the very first hybrid crossover in its lineup, the new Corolla Cross.
Designed as the stylish urban vehicle, the Corolla Cross combines Toyota’s signature “QDR” (quality, durability, and reliability) with style and functionality. Its hybrid electric variant further realizes Toyota’s vision of sustainable mobility and makes self-charging hybrid technology more accessible to Filipinos. The new vehicle also features two of Toyota’s most advanced car technologies today, the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), and Toyota Safety Sense (TSS).
“Guided by our philosophy of making ever-better cars, Toyota took the best of a trusted model, the Toyota Corolla, and turned it into a sleek and modern crossover,”said TMP President Atsuhiro Okamoto during the online launch of the new vehicle.
“The Corolla Cross is designed to move you in comfort and style, whether you’re seeking adventure, doing business, or simply spending time with people you love,”Okamoto added.
Striking Exterior Design
The Corolla Cross’ exterior has a double trapezoid front grille, giving the vehicle a wide and stable appearance. Exclusive to the hybrid variant are LED Light Curtain Daytime Running Lights and a subtle blue accent to the bi-beam LED headlamps. These perfectly complements the blue Toyota logo.
Made for the urban setting, the high approach angle combines the strong stance with functionality, with great capability on speed bumps and inclines. The overall look of the vehicle emphasizes the spacious utility ready for the customer’s dynamic lifestyle, whether it be the weekday job or the weekend getaway.
Inside, it gets a classy minimalist interior which comes in leather for the hybrid variant. Its wide and spacious cabin space gives abundant head clearance for easier ingress. Its slim seatback also gives ample legroom for backseat passengers. The hybrid variant has a retractable tonneau cover for the rear trunk space for privacy. Its spacious trunk has comfortable loading height for ease of access.
The vehicle features Smart Entry and Push Start System, power adjust with auto fold for the side mirrors, power windows, and speed-sensing door locks. And for the 1.8 V hybrid variant, it has rain-sensing windshield wipers and 8-way power adjust driver’s seat. This gives the driver accessibility and control all throughout the ride. Convenient steering wheel switches also enable the driver to adjust Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) features. And lastly, Apple Carplay and Android Auto is compatible with the 1.8 V Hybrid’s display audio.
Performance and Sustainable Mobility
An 1.8L engine with Atkinson Cycle powers the hybrid variant. It gets 1,798 cc displacement which gives of 142 max. torque @3,600 rpm, and an electric motor which helps in providing a 120hp total system max output. Three available driving modes (Eco, Power, and EV) also give the driver more control. Every trip is guaranteed to be:
- Fuel-efficient – consume less fuel whenever the engine switches to the electric motor as the vehicle’s source of power.
- Environment-friendly – less fuel consumption means less CO2 emissions.
- Quiet – electric motors make very little noise while running.
- Comfortable – enjoy a more responsive drive and experience smoother acceleration perfect for city driving.
- Hassle-free – Hybrid vehicles do not have to be always plugged in. That is because the battery self –charges while the vehicle is driven. Every step on the brake allows the car to recharge.
The 1.8 G CVT variant gets 1,798cc displacement, 138hp total system maximum output, and 172Nm maximum torque @ 4,000 rpm with the 16-Valve DOHC, 4-Cylinder, In-line, Chain drive with Dual VVT-I engine.
Reassuring Sense of Safety
The new Corolla Cross guarantees peace of mind and security for both drivers and passengers. It’s thanks to all of the vehicle’s available safety features. All variants are equipped with 7 SRS airbags, Anti-Lock Brake System with Brake Assist and Electronic Brake Force Distribution, Vehicle Stability Control with Traction Control, Hill Start Assist, and 3-point Emergency Locking Retractor (ELR) seatbelts. The hybrid variant has two front and four rear clearance sonars, while the G CVT variant has 2 rear sonars. Lastly, reverse camera is available for all variants.
The 1.8 Hybrid variant also has several active safety features under Toyota Safety Sense (TSS). These features include Pre-Collision System (PCS), Adaptive Cruise Control (ACC), Lane Departure Alert (LDA), Lane Tracing Assist (LTA), and Automatic High Beam (AHB). It also has a Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA). This system detects vehicles approaching from the rear or vehicles which may not be fully visible through the side mirrors. It also alerts the driver through visual and audio signals.
Availability and Pricing
The new Corolla Cross is available in two variants and four colors. You can check at any of Toyota Motor Philippines’ 70 dealerships across the country for its availability. Variants, colors, and pricing are as follows:
|1.8 V HV||Platinum White Pearl Mica||PHP 1,665,000|
|1.8 V HV||Metal Stream Metallic|
Red Mica Metallic
Attitude Black Mica
|1.8 G CVT||Platinum White Pearl Mica||PHP 1,300,000|
|1.8 G CVT||Metal Stream Metallic|
Red Mica Metallic
Attitude Black Mica
“We understand customer apprehension on hybrid technology: affordability, maintenance, and resale value – that’s why we are offering the Corolla Cross hybrid with Balloon Payment Plus – lower monthly payments, inclusive of periodic maintenance, with guaranteed future resale value.”says TMP First Vice President Sherwin Chualim.
“Owning a hybrid vehicle is made easier and more affordable, and customers are guaranteed a hassle-free experience from buying, owning, and future reselling of their vehicle.”he added.