- Toyota Connected Services turns into a 12-month trial period.
- Corolla Cross has added seat-new, remote engine start, and more.
- Two subscription packages are available; Existing vehicles need to be paid off after three years.
Toyota Australia It has detailed an updated suite of connected vehicle technologies.
Enhanced version of Toyota Connected Services launched. 2023 Toyota Corolla Cross This month, and will be standard on upcoming vehicles – including the facelifted Corolla hatch/sedan in November.
According to the brand, the new Corolla Cross is “Toyota’s most advanced vehicle ever,” with features including remote engine start and connected satellite navigation.
Paired with a built-in data communications module – connected to Telstra’s 4G network – owners can view information and perform actions on the myToyota Connect smartphone application.
However, there is a caveat with the updated Toyota Connected services – a monthly subscription.
While vehicles equipped with the current system get three years of service, Corolla Cross buyers will need to purchase a monthly subscription.
This will be followed by a 12-month free period to retain all features available at the time of delivery.
Existing vehicles equipped with Toyota Connected Services will also require a monthly subscription, but only after a three-year free period.
As standard, the ‘Toyota Essentials’ package will be included throughout the life of the Corolla Cross, offering the basics of existing connected services – at least as long as Telstra’s 4G network remains active.
It includes SOS emergency calling, automatic collision notification, vehicle locator, digital owner’s manual and warranty information, and odometer, empty space and fuel level information.
To track stolen vehicles and access the Status Connect feature – which monitors vehicle speed, braking and cornering – drivers must purchase a ‘Toyota Connect+’ subscription for $9.95 per month after 12 months. .
These features are currently available on the Yaris Cross (all models), Camry (from April 2021), Hilux (from October 2021), Fortuner (from October 2021), HiS (from October 2021), Granvia (from September 2021) and Land Cruiser. But they are standard. 300 (all models).
A Toyota Australia spokeswoman said current models “will be offered free of charge with these services for three years from purchase.”
After that period, stolen vehicle tracking and access to StatusConnect will require a $4.95 per month Toyota Connect subscription.
Status Connect allows owners to set guest driver settings, which will send a notification when the vehicle exceeds a set speed limit, curfew, and time or distance limit – useful for parents who want to let their teen drivers know. Lets borrow a car.
However, the ‘Toyota Connect+’ subscription for the Corolla Cross also includes remote vehicle functionality, allowing owners to lock/unlock and start their vehicle, set the climate control and operate the horn and lights from a smartphone. .
Meanwhile, another subscription – Toyota Connected Multimedia – will be required after a year, if buyers want to continue using connected navigation, customizable multimedia profiles and the ‘Hey, Toyota’ voice assistant on the brand’s next-generation infotainment system. are
It costs $12.50 per month, and includes Toyota Connect+ service features.
Toyota has yet to confirm a vehicle rollout for the updated version of Connected Services outside the Corolla range.
However, it will likely be added to the updated RAV4 and Kluger family SUVs in the coming months.