In case you missed the memo, the Toyota Corolla is the most popular car in the world as long as you factor in the many body styles it has received over the years. It has racked up over 50 million sales to date, and the number will grow rapidly in the future now that there is a shiny new crossover with that moniker.
The Corolla Cross debuted in July 2020 for Thailand or nearly a year before Toyota introduced the American model. While the two flavors of the compact crossover look pretty much identical, the Japanese version presented today stands out with a slightly different design, especially if we’re talking about the front fairing.
2022 Toyota Corolla Cross (JDM)
Toyota Corolla Cross 2022 (US)
Not only the headlights have different graphics, but the JDM version also gains a small (false) grille insert above the badge, which incidentally is a dedicated Corolla logo also used for the regular hatchback, sedan and wagon in Japan. The main grille has been lowered and appears slightly wider on the version that will be sold in the Land of the Rising Sun.
The side profile looks virtually unchanged except for market-specific alloy rim designs, while the rear houses slightly modified taillights with new LED graphics. With the obvious exception of the right-hand drive layout, the interior cabin appears to be identical to that of the Corolla Cross overall, which is not too surprising as it is usually the exterior that undergoes the changes. one market to another.
While a hybrid version has yet to be announced for the US market, its Japanese sibling gets an electrified 1.8-liter gasoline engine with an optional all-wheel-drive setup. Opt for the E-Four models and the Corolla Cross will go from a rear torsion beam suspension to a more sophisticated double wishbone setup.
Prices start at 1,999,000 yen (around $ 18,150 at current exchange rates) for the base gasoline-only model and rise to 3,199,000 yen ($ 29,100) for the AWD hybrid in the level of high-end “Z” finish. Those looking to spend even more can contact Modellista as the Japanese tuner will be offering an aftermarket package for the Corolla Cross from day one.
It has everything from a more aggressive front bumper with a prominent splitter to chunky side skirts and body-colored fenders. Modellista will also add a bunch of trim and offer a selection of 17 and 18 inch alloy wheel designs. The famous tuner has also made some minor changes to the interior of the cabin for those looking to spice up the Corolla Cross.
The JDM-spec model is on sale today and in addition to purchasing it directly, it is also accessible through the Kinto One subscription service starting at just 27,390 yen ($ 250) per month, including taxes and fees. insurance included.