We recently reported that Toyota Motor Philippines (TMP) could be launching the Toyota Corolla Cross here in our market soon. Well, it turns out that “soon” was the perfect word, as we’ve just been told by our source that TMP is eyeing a possible August launch.
That’s only a tentative date, though—nothing is official yet as of this writing. We were told that if the schedule falls through, the launch could be pushed further back to September. But enough about the timeline—we can settle with knowing that it’s set to arrive in 2020. On to the more important question: How much will it cost?
Thankfully, our guy has given us an estimate. He told us that the petrol-powered Corolla Cross could be sold at around P1.3 million, while the hybrid variant might carry a heftier P2-million price tag.
He added that TMP is looking to price the Corolla Cross in the same ballpark as the base Honda HR-V and Subaru XV. If you think about it, the pricing does make sense. Then again, these aren’t the official figures just yet, so don’t quote us on them.
Looking at other compacts that have evolved into crossovers, like the Mazda 3 and CX-30, there is a price jump of several hundred thousand pesos, so this pricing scheme makes sense.
No other new details about the compact crossover were provided. But just in case you missed our first announcement, the Corolla Cross is set to arrive in the Philippines with both gasoline and hybrid engine options. The former is a 1.8-liter petrol powerplant that generates 138hp and 177Nm and is mated to a CVT. Meanwhile, the latter is comprised of a 1.8-liter mill combined with an electric motor that produces a total system output of 120hp and is mated to an electric CVT. Both variants deliver power to the front wheels.
What do you think of the possible pricing of the Toyota Corolla Cross? We know these aren’t the final numbers yet, but do you think these price tags would be fair for this vehicle?