5 reasons the Toyota Corolla Cross deserves serious consideration
MANILA: It's hard to dispute the success of Toyota in the Philippines: 18 straight years of wearing the automotive "triple crown" (sales leadership in passenger cars, commercial vehicles, and overall) can't be wrong.
Among the things that people like in a Toyota are its reliability, and its ability to keep its value over time.
Specifically, the Corolla nameplate is one of the most popular ones worldwide. The Toyota RAV4, on the other hand, is deemed as one of the top-selling SUVs in its category.
With the recent launch of the all-new Toyota Corolla Cross in the Philippine market, a lot of may people may be seriously considering owning the vehicle.
Don't let us stop you. Actually, here are five reasons you should take a closer look at the Corolla Cross.
It's a looker.
The all-new Toyota Corolla Cross is built on the TNGA-C (Toyota New Global Architecture) platform, which it shares with the aforementioned Corolla Altis.
At first glance, it actually looks like the RAV4, particularly because of its trapezoidal grille. Its dynamic, sexy form exudes elegance and class that we believe actually belong to higher price points. The Corolla Cross is also equipped with daytime running lights and LED headlights.
You could say it looks premium without the premium pricing.
It boasts exceptional interior features.
Convenience and safety are both ensured through its power adjust with auto fold side mirrors, speed-sensing door locks, and power windows. Its climate control system contains rear vents to maintain the cool air inside the cabin even during summer.
Owners will definitely also appreciate its smart entry and push start system as well. The Corolla Cross also has a seven-inch multi-information display with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatibility for the 1.8 V hybrid variant as well as phone and audio connectivity for all trims.
We love its suite of innovative safety technologies.
The Corolla Cross has three-point emergency locking retractor seatbelts, hill start assist, vehicle stability control with traction control, anti-lock brake system, with brake assist and electronic brake force distribution, and seven SRS airbags.
The 1.8 V HV additionally features active safety features that are part of the Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) suite: automatic high beam, lane tracing assist, lane departure alert, adaptive cruise control, and the pre-collision system, among others.
All these features offer both the driver and the passengers with worry-free and safe driving anywhere and anytime.
It comes in a hybrid version.
Following the heels of the Toyota Corolla Altis hybrid version now available in the country and obviously in line with its thrust to introduce greener vehicles here, Toyota Motor Philippines Corporation (TMP) gives us the 1.8 V HV variant (priced at a reasonable P1.65 million).
Aside from a 1.8-liter, 16-valve DOHC, four-cylinder, chain drive with VVT-i power plant, the hybrid variant gets supplemental motivation from an electric motor supplying 72ps.
It also has three available driving modes, EV, Power, and Eco, which enable the driver to have greater control while on the road.
For advocates of environmental awareness, this is the ideal vehicle since it is self-charging, quiet, fuel-efficient, and produces lesser emissions.
TMP offers easy ownership schemes on the Corolla Cross.
During the pandemic, managing finances has become doubly important, and Toyota takes note of this.
The Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid variant can be easily owned through the Balloon Payment Plus financing plan, which consists of light monthly payments including ensured resale value options and periodic maintenance service (PMS) fees.
And if you avail through Toyota Financial Services, the down payment can be as low as 15%.
Owning a private vehicle at this time might not be the top priority of most Filipinos. But a vehicle boasting extraordinary design, cutting-edge features, ensured safety, fuel efficiency, reliability, and excellent performance such as the Toyota Corolla Cross is worth taking a second look.
Photos from Toyota Motor Philippines