Toyota Corolla Cross Facelift Makes Global Debut With Lexus-Like Face

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The compact crossover received a mid-cycle update outside the US.

Toyota has released the first mid-cycle update for the Corolla Cross in nearly four years in Thailand. The new look has a more premium-looking styling we would like to see on the US-spec model.

The Toyota Corolla Cross has different faces, depending on the market, powertrain setup, and trim level. The Thai-spec model gets a new "fading honeycomb" style grille reminiscent of the Lexus RX's Spindle Body design. There's also a whiff of the TX, the luxury marque's take on a three-row SUV.

The top-of-the-line, "all show, no go" Corolla Cross GR Sport in Thailand still has the aging front end, though that doesn't concern Americans since this variant isn't sold stateside.

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Apart from the reworked grille, the exterior comes with new headlights with LED crystalized headlamps, a different front bumper, a sequential turn signal function, new side mirrors with an auto-reverse link, revamped taillights, and a new wheel design. Toyota also offers a new color option called Cement Gray Metallic.

Inside, the cabin, available with a new dark rose finish, remains identical to the outgoing model but Toyota added quite a lot of new modern amenities. This includes a frameless panoramic roof with an electrically adjusted sunshade and an electronic parking brake, replacing the outdated foot-operated parking brake.

The driver also benefits from a new 12.3-inch TFT driver information display screen and a 10.1-inch infotainment screen with wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. The latter is matched with a wireless charger, which we think should be standard in modern cars.

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No powertrain changes are expected, meaning the 1.8-liter four-cylinder gasoline and 1.8-liter hybrid powertrains should still be offered to Thai car buyers. Power is sent to the front wheels via a continuously variable transmission (CVT). The larger 2.0-liter power unit made available stateside won't likely arrive in the Land of Smiles.

The pricing for the facelifted Toyota Corolla Cross starts at 999,000 baht (or about $27,820 at current exchange rates). Following Toyota's timeline, we could get the facelifted iteration next year if there are plans to bring it in. The Corolla Cross, which essentially replaced the C-HR in the US lineup, only debuted in America and other regions a year after its introduction in Thailand in 2020.

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