Thailand’s 2024 Toyota Corolla Cross gets a facelift, Australian availability uncertain
The Toyota Corolla Cross, a small SUV, originally launched in Thailand more than three years ago, has recently received a styling update. Plans for releasing the updated model in Australia are currently unconfirmed, but it seems unlikely.
The updated design of the 2024 Corolla Cross was debuted in Thailand, and includes a redesigned bumper and new wheels. It remains unknown whether this cosmetic update will reach the Australian market, particularly given that the corresponding phase in the vehicle’s life cycle in Australia is not expected until early 2026.
Australia-bound Corolla Cross vehicles are produced in Japan, contrasting with the Thai-manufactured models. Global variations of the Corolla Cross, including different versions sold in Japan and the United States, have distinct front fascia designs.
The updated Thai model comes equipped with new features such as LED headlights, a digital instrument cluster, and an electric parking brake. Several of these features are already present in Australian models, including LED headlights, a digital instrument cluster and electric parking brake.
A Toyota Australia spokesperson stated, “We are always looking for opportunities to improve our model range, but we have nothing to announce today.”
Evident in the updated Corolla Cross is a front fascia reminiscent of the style found in new Lexus models such as the RX, and nifty hexagonal shapes working their way into the bumper.
The updated Thai model now boasts a 10.1-inch touchscreen offering wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability, a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster, an electric parking brake, and USB-C ports. Furthermore, top-tier models feature a wireless phone charger, panoramic sunroof, parking sensors, a 360-degree camera and low-speed autonomous emergency rear braking.
The Thai market offers a choice of 1.8-litre petrol and hybrid petrol engines, whereas the Australian market offers 2.0-litre petrol and hybrid models. A new Cement Gray Metallic color option is also available in Thailand.
Given that the Corolla Cross in Australia is only 18 months into a projected six to eight-year lifecycle, an update seems unlikely to arrive for at least another year, if at all.
The 2024 Toyota Corolla Cross facelift has been released for sale in Thailand.
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