Toyota chooses one of its most iconic and longstanding car series as the identity of its first hybrid crossover. In a virtual launch, Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) unveiled the Corolla Cross, which the company said affirms the brand’s global commitment to push for sustainable mobility.
The interest in hybrid vehicles in the Philippines may not be as pronounced as in other countries but it didn’t stop TMP in bringing the technology to the country.
“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 Atsuhiro Okamoto, president, TMP, 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.”
The hybrid variant is powered by a 1.8L engine with Atkinson Cycle designed for the Hybrid system and 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.
48 million of Corolla units
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.
Hybrid technology promises fuel efficiency as it the engine switches to the electric motor as the vehicle’s source of power. For the environment-conscious and advocates, the Toyota Corolla Cross consumes less fuel which translates to fewer carbon emissions.
Since its launch in Japan in 1966, the Corolla series has sold a cumulative total of 48 million units or more, in more than 150 countries and regions around the world.
The New Corolla Cross, with its 1.8 V HV (Hybrid) and 1.8 G CVT variants will be available at Toyota dealerships nationwide from Aug. 26, 2020.