Toyota’s first hybrid crossover banners generous space, modern tech and fuel efficiency — all in one sleek vehicle.
Our fast-paced and on-the-go lifestyle requires a vehicle that can do more and be more. No wonder crossovers are becoming increasingly popular these days. Combining the ease of handling and fuel economy of a car with the utility and cargo capacity of a small truck, crossovers bring the best of both worlds and then some.
Toyota understands the needs of the modern Filipino and thus, has heralded the arrival of Toyota’s first-ever hybrid crossover in the Philippines — the all-new Corolla Cross. Designed as a new type of crossover, it boasts a sporty exterior that is sure to turn heads wherever it goes. Inside, the interior possesses a design utility that exceeds customer expectations. Here’s a closer look at Toyota’s newest crossover and how it ticks all the right boxes.
Strong, sleek and stylish
The Corolla Cross features a rugged, sleek, and sophisticated appearance reminiscent of a modern crossover.
Both the front and rear designs evoke a powerful statement — from the sleek headlamps, vast and imposing front grille and even the fog lamps. The contrast between the rear fenders and the cabin makes an impressive rearview. The side hints a subtle character line that’s visually appealing to indicate the car’s status. It comes in glossy colors, namely Red Mica Metallic, Attitude Black Mica, Metal Stream Metallic, and Platinum White Pearl Mica.
Spacious interior, superior comfort
Filipinos love going on quick weekend getaways and road trips — what better way to bring your family or significant other along than in the Corolla Cross, where cabin space is never an issue. It has ample seating for five passengers and as a crossover, has a large and comfortable interior that delivers outstanding visibility and ample head clearance. Its tall height also provides easy access to the generous luggage space. Starting families with little ones in tow would also find this crossover appealing, as the large and spacious door openings make entering or exiting the vehicle easy, even when carrying a child.
Packed with modern tech
To keep up with modern times, the Corolla Cross comes equipped with future-ready tech. It has smart keyless entry and power-folding mirrors for added convenience, as well as LED lamps and daytime running lights to illuminate even the darkest of roads. At the dashboard, you can find an infotainment system with a Smart Device Link (SDL) for both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, perfectly tuned to line up your playlist during traffic or long drives. The cozy eight-way power adjustable driver’s seat gives drivers an ergonomic position behind the wheel while the rain-sensing windshield wipers keeps raindrops away to maintain good visibility on the road. The inboard Automatic Climate Control system and rear A/C vents keep the interior cool and comfy, no matter the weather outside.
Safety above all else
There is a certain sense of calm and peace of mind that comes with a Toyota, and the Corolla Cross inherits all of Toyota’s latest engineering advancements. The Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) that includes the MacPherson Strut front suspension results in a stable, cushioned ride. It also comes with the Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) feature set, including Pre-Collision System, Automatic High Beam, Lane Tracing Assist, Lane Departure Alert, and Adaptive Cruise Control. That comes on top of the Anti-Lock Brakes, Vehicle Stability Control, Hill-Start Assist Control, Blind Spot Monitor and Rear Cross Traffic Alert (for V Hybrid variants) and seven SRS airbags. There’s also a set of Clearance and Back Sonars, as well as a reverse camera. It’s also interesting to note that its elevated driving position improves the broad field of view and minimizes blind spots. At the same time, a class-leading minimum turning radius of 5.2 meters results in responsive handling.
It’s a hybrid
The Corolla Cross comes with two engine options. The base G version has a fuel-efficient 1.8-liter engine. In contrast, the higher spec’d V Hybrid variant has the 1.8-liter engine along with an electric motor that kicks in to make the already fuel-efficient Corolla Cross more eco-friendly, with lesser emissions. Both gasoline-powered and hybrid models boast impressive environmental performance, designed to fit the lifestyle of environment-conscious consumers.
The crossover appeal of the Corolla Cross is one that is hard to resist. It’s easy to handle like a sedan but is quite generous when it comes to interior space and cargo capacity. It comfortably seats five passengers, comes with tech features to make every ride as comfortable and entertaining as possible, and brings Toyota’s bevy of safety features for constant peace of mind while on the road.
And yes, all that and more in an eco-friendly hybrid crossover that brings significant improvements in agility, stability, and visibility — for a more ergonomic and superb ride that is enjoyed by both driver and passenger. The all-new Corolla Cross brings more than what is expected from a modern vehicle these days.