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Toyota Corolla Cross muscles up! New GR Sport variant looks like a baby LandCruiser 300 Series - if you squint...

The Toyota Corolla Cross GR Sport has debuted in Thailand.

A new-look Toyota Corolla Cross has broken cover in Thailand, with the tougher-looking GR Sport variant looking a bit, if you squint, like a mini LC300.

Like the Hyundai Kona N Line, the new Corolla Cross variant focuses on looks more than performance upgrades, and as such is still some way off a full-blown GR variant. 

Because while the GR Sport model looks sportier, it isn't any more powerful, with the beefed-up trim being offered in hybrid-guise only. In Thailand, that means a 1.8-litre petrol-hybrid powertrain, though in Australia, we're expecting a bigger 2.0-litre petrol-hybrid combo that should produce a pretty substantial 146kW.

The changes do go more than skin deep, though, with the GR Cross variant sporting new suspension and steering tunes designed for more grip and better handling, as well as a new lower strut bar for more body stiffness.

Outside, look for the GR Sport bodykit that brings with is a new blacked-out grille, and silver skid-plate (which appears to be for decorative purposes only) beneath. 

There are new silver-trimmed side skirts, angrier air intakes, and you also get LED lights and 18-inch alloys

Inside,expect a sportier interior treatment wfestooned with GR logos and leather sport seats.

The Corolla Cross is expected to launch in Australia in the second half of 2022.