Toyota Corolla Cross is heading to Japan in Q3 2021, to rival Honda HR-V

Hans · Mar 11, 2021 02:26 PM

Toyota Corolla Cross is heading to Japan in Q3 2021, to rival Honda HR-V 01

The Toyota Corolla Cross is currently on sale in Thailand, Indonesia, Philippines and Vietnam. The model is expected to be launched in Malaysia very soon, but don’t call it a South East Asia-only model yet.

Sources in Japan tell us that the Toyota Corolla Cross will be launched in Japan in the third quarter of 2021, possibly imported from Thailand - still the world's only source of Corolla Cross for now (local assembly in Malaysia to start later).

Toyota Corolla Cross is heading to Japan in Q3 2021, to rival Honda HR-V 02

Seeing that hybrid is a must for commercial success in Japan, the Japanese market Corolla Cross will certainly be of the 1.8-litre hybrid variant.

The model will compete directly against the all-new generation Honda HR-V (Vezel), which will go on sale in Japan in April.

Toyota Corolla Cross is heading to Japan in Q3 2021, to rival Honda HR-V 03

Interestingly, a poll by Japanese publication Kuruma News show that Japanese users are more interested in the Corolla Cross (34.4 percent) than the Honda HR-V (28.1 percent), with the Toyota Yaris Cross splitting the two (31.3 percent).

When the all-new Honda HR-V hits the market, the Honda will be facing tough competition because Toyota currently dominates Japan’s SUV market.

Toyota Corolla Cross is heading to Japan in Q3 2021, to rival Honda HR-V 04

All-new Honda HR-V

The Toyota Yaris Cross is currently Japan’s best-selling SUV, followed by the Toyota Harrier, Toyota Raize (Perodua Ativa to us), Nissan Kicks, and Toyota RAV4.

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