2021 Toyota Corolla Cross takes aim at all-new Honda HR-V; set for Japanese launch in Sept

Sanjay · Jun 22, 2021 12:00 PM

2021 Toyota Corolla Cross takes aim at all-new Honda HR-V; set for Japanese launch in Sept 01

Vietnam-spec Corolla Cross pictured

The 2021 Toyota Corolla Cross stays true to the Corolla ethos by being a truly global model, just like its sedan brethren. This time around, there's reports that it'll gatecrash the all-new 2021 Honda HR-V's party in Japan by the end of the year.

2021 Toyota Corolla Cross takes aim at all-new Honda HR-V; set for Japanese launch in Sept 02

Malaysian-spec Corolla Cross

Sources report that Toyota's Japanese operations will begin production of the model in August this year, ahead of its launch there in September 2021.

2021 Toyota Corolla Cross takes aim at all-new Honda HR-V; set for Japanese launch in Sept 03

Harriers on the production line

The model will be manufacted at Toyota’s Takaoka plant in Aichi, with lofty ambitions of 7,000 units produced per month. Fun fact: it's the same plant that assembles the all-new Toyota Harrier, Toyota RAV4, and some foreign-market Corolla and Prius as well.

Also read: Priced from RM 249k, turbo-less 2021 Toyota Harrier launched in Malaysia, TSS, TNGA

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2021 Toyota Corolla Cross takes aim at all-new Honda HR-V; set for Japanese launch in Sept 01

USA-spec Corolla Cross' exterior is almost identical to ours. Spot the new placement of its model name...

The publication also says that the Japanese plant will be assembling the Corolla Cross for European and Australian markets, with exports beginning sometime in 2022.

Also read: Selling fast in Malaysia, Toyota Corolla Cross heads to conquer China

2021 Toyota Corolla Cross takes aim at all-new Honda HR-V; set for Japanese launch in Sept 02

The hybrid powertrain, seen in the Thai-spec car

Specs-wise, it's pretty much a given that the Japan-spec Corolla Cross will feature the 1.8-litre petrol-electric hybrid as seen in Thailand-spec car. It's said that a regular 2.0-litre petrol engine will also be offered down the line.

Also read: Thailand’s Toyota Corolla Cross bullies rivals into submission for Q1 2021, Honda HR-V and Subaru XV trails far behind

2021 Toyota Corolla Cross takes aim at all-new Honda HR-V; set for Japanese launch in Sept 03

American customers get an electric parking brake (EPB). Not available in ASEAN-spec cars, but will Japan get it?

Just like in the United States, Japanese buyers will reportedly be able to choose between two-wheel- and all-wheel drive variants too.

Also read: Selling fast in Malaysia, Toyota Corolla Cross debuts in the USA - 2.0 Dynamic Force engine, AWD available!

2021 Toyota Corolla Cross takes aim at all-new Honda HR-V; set for Japanese launch in Sept 04

Vezel to the Japanese, HR-V for us

The Corolla Cross has a momentuous task ahead in Japan, considering it has to face the all-new HR-V which has been a total runaway success so far.

Also read: 2021 Honda HR-V: 32,000 bookings in 1 month, white e:HEV most popular!

2021 Toyota Corolla Cross takes aim at all-new Honda HR-V; set for Japanese launch in Sept 05

Malaysia gets two (non-hybrid) variants - this lower-rung 1.8G, and the range-topping 1.8V

For the record, since its global debut in Thailand last year, Toyota has commenced sales of the Corolla Cross in various countries within the ASEAN, North and South American, African, and Middle Eastern regions. Besides them, China is yet another market earmarked for the SUV.

Also read: Comparison with the 2021 Toyota Corolla Cross’ true rival – the 2022 Honda HR-V

2021 Toyota Corolla Cross takes aim at all-new Honda HR-V; set for Japanese launch in Sept 06

In Malaysia, UMW Toyota Motor offers two variants of the Toyota Corolla Cross: the 1.8G, which starts from RM 124,000, and the 1.8V which is priced from RM 129,266.

Also read: Quick Review: 2021 Toyota Corolla Cross in Malaysia, the proper benchmark for family SUV

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Sanjay

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With humble beginnings collecting diecast models and spending hours virtually tuning dream cars on the computer, his love of cars has delightfully transformed into a career. Sanjay enjoys how the same passion for cars transcends boundaries and brings people together.

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