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Toyota Would Be Crazy Not To Bring This Corolla Cross Refresh To North America


Big news: Toyota revealed a refreshed Corolla Cross last week. But you won’t see it in the United States, at least for now. Toyota in Thailand has shared details of the Corolla Cross offered in this region of the world, sporting a sophisticated honeycomb grille and front fascia with new LED headlights and some interior upgrades. This could be a preview of what’s to come for the US-spec Corolla Cross, although Toyota hasn’t confirmed anything yet.

Let’s take a closer look at how this Corolla Cross differs from the one we know. The front clip, while similar in appearance to the hybrid, has a completely different front. Large, vertically oriented corner air vents sit below the redesigned headlights, injecting a sporty touch to the face. The mesh-pattern grille isn’t as prevalent here, blending into the bodywork beneath a narrow strip connecting the lights. It also separates the upper fairing and the hood.

Toyota Corolla Cross 2024 (Thailand)
Toyota Corolla Cross 2024 (Thailand)

That appears to be the extent of the exterior changes, but it’s worth noting that this styling applies to both hybrid and standard combustion models in Thailand. In North America, there are notable differences between the ICE and hybrid versions, leading us to wonder if the future of the crossover will be one style fits all. Meanwhile, inside, Thailand’s Corolla Cross gets an optional 12.3-inch digital driver display to accompany the 10.1-inch central touchscreen. The best configuration available in the United States is a 7-inch driver’s display, offered only on the top-of-the-line XLE and XSE trims.

Possible powertrain changes are a moot point, as Thailand uses Toyota’s 1.8-liter four-cylinder in two hybrid versions and one pure-combustion configuration. In North America, the Corolla Cross relies on the larger 2.0-liter engine in all applications, developing 196 horsepower combined for hybrid models and 169 horsepower on its own. Although the styling and interior changes could reach North America, we don’t see Toyota downsizing the powertrain anytime soon.

And that brings us to the big question. Are we facing the 2025 Toyota Corolla Cross destined for America? We asked Toyota directly about the refresh, but a company representative didn’t have an immediate answer to share. Current 2024 models with the familiar face are already on sale, so if a mid-cycle refresh is in store, it could be a few months before details are shared. It’s also possible that this look only exists for other markets, forcing us to wait even longer for a refresh.

Should this be the new look for all versions of the Corolla Cross in North America? Go to the comments and let us know what you think. We’d love to hear your thoughts.



Note: The content and images used in this article is rewritten and sourced from www.motor1.com

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