The 2024 Toyota Corolla Cross facelift has just made its global debut in Thailand, featuring a revised design, updated equipment list, and perhaps most importantly, an electronic parking brake – finally.
Four variants are available on offer, namely the 1.8 Sport Plus, HEV Premium, HEV Premium Luxury, and HEV GR Sport, with an unchanged starting price of THB999,000 (approx. RM133k).
Design wise, the new 2024 Toyota Corolla Cross has been given a heavily redesigned front fascia, headlined by a frameless grille design that somewhat looks like a Volvo EM90 and Lexus RX had a baby together. Interestingly, the new grille design is not mirrored in the range-topping GR Sport variant – perhaps it’s not race-car enough?
No matter which variant though, the headlights have all been updated to new fully LED units, similar to that seen on the JDM Corolla Cross. The headlights feature a new crystal-like light signature that also doubles as sequential turn indicators. On the variants with the new face, the headlights are also conjoined with a new trim strip, giving the compact crossover a more modern and upmarket look overall.
Round the back, the tail lights are also now LED across the board, and similarly adopts the same design as the JDM model – but that’s about the extent of the changes on the outside.
Updates to the cabin of the 2024 Toyota Corolla Cross are also fairly minimal, with the main highlight – aside from the new electronic parking brake that’s standard across the range – being the new floating 10.1-inch “HD” infotainment display up on the dashboard.
The new touchscreen unit also now supports wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, although we’re not sure if it’ll still be the same unit when the model arrives here in Malaysia – the recently-updated Corolla sedan, for instance, retained its OEM-looking head-units despite its recent update.
Depending on variant, the new 2024 Toyota Corolla Cross in Thailand will come equipped with either a seven-inch semi-digital instrument cluster, or a newer 12.3-inch fully-digital unit similar to that on the aforementioned Toyota Corolla. The two higher-end variants also get a large panoramic glass roof to further up the ante on luxuriousness.
Aside from these big-ticket items, the rest of the interior updates are fairly minor, and include things like new LED interior lighting, and new USB-C charging ports. The wing mirrors also gain a new feature to automatically tilt downwards when the driver engages reverse.
The 2024 Toyota Corolla Cross continues to offer two powertrain variants – a 1.8-litre naturally aspirated inline-four engine paired to a Super CVT-i transmission, or a 1.8-litre hybrid mill with an E-CVT. Outputs are unchanged, too, with the former making 140 hp and 177 Nm, while the latter does 122 hp combined.
No news yet on the model’s availability here in Malaysia, although we presume it probably wouldn’t be too long more until we see it here in Malaysia too.