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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.