Compact Crossover Gets Global Mid-Cycle Refresh
Toyota recently unveiled the latest mid-cycle refresh for the Corolla Cross in Thailand after almost four years. The redesigned appearance exudes a more luxurious aesthetic, which we hope to also see on the US version.
The Toyota Corolla Cross exhibits varying appearances, contingent upon the specific market it is being sold in, as well as the type of powertrain and trim level. In the Thai market, the model features a fresh “fading honeycomb” grille design, which bears a striking resemblance to the Spindle Body design found on the Lexus RX. Additionally, there are hints of the TX, a luxurious three-row SUV produced by the same brand.
The Corolla Cross GR Sport in Thailand, which is known for its “all show, no go” reputation, still retains its outdated front end. However, this may not be a concern for Americans as this particular model is not available for purchase in the United States.
Except for the revised grille, the exterior boasts various updates including LED crystal headlamps, a distinct front bumper, sequential turn signal feature in the headlights, updated side mirrors with automatic reverse link, revamped taillights, and a fresh wheel design. Additionally, Toyota provides a new choice of color called Cement Gray Metallic.
Within the interior of the cabin, now adorned with a fresh, rich dark rose coating, the features remain largely unchanged from the previous model. However, Toyota has incorporated a plethora of modern enhancements. This encompasses a frameless panoramic roof complete with an adjustable sunshade, powered by electricity. Additionally, the traditional foot-operated parking brake has been replaced with a more advanced electronic alternative.
The operator also reaps the rewards of a fresh 12.3-inch TFT display for driver information and a 10.1-inch screen for infotainment, now equipped with wireless capability for both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Alongside this, there is a convenient wireless charger included, which we believe should be a standard feature in contemporary vehicles.
It is unlikely that any modifications will be made to the powertrain, so the 1.8-liter four-cylinder fuel and 1.8-liter hybrid systems are expected to remain available for Thai customers. A continuously variable transmission (CVT) will continue to send power to the front wheels. The bigger 2.0-liter engine that is offered in the United States is not expected to make an appearance in Thailand.
The starting price for the updated version of Toyota Corolla Cross is set at 999,000 baht (equivalent to approximately $27,820 based on current exchange rates). According to Toyota’s schedule, we may expect to see the facelifted model in the upcoming year if it is being introduced. The Corolla Cross took the place of the C-HR in the US market and was initially released in Thailand in 2020, followed by its launch in America and other countries a year later.