The 2021 Toyota Corolla Cross is finally available in Malaysia, and it comes in two variants. The entry-level 1.8G is priced at RM124,000, while the highest level 1.8V priced at RM134,000. The generic five-year unlimited mileage warranty is also included in the OTR price.
The first batch of Corolla Cross will be imported from Thailand according to UMW Malaysia. Since the Toyota Corolla Cross are CBU units, they will be eligible for a 50% sales tax exemption. The Corolla Cross will be locally assembled at the Bukit Raja plant, beginning from the second half of this year.
The TNGA-C platform also encompasses that the Corolla Cross is powered by a 2ZR-FE 1.8-liter naturally aspirated four-cylinder petrol engine with dual VVT-i. It is also developed with 139 PS at 6,400 rpm and 172 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm.
The Corolla Cross is different from the C-HR which it has a torsion beam rear suspension rather than the more expensive double wishbone suspension. The front suspension is still controlled by a MacPherson Strut. It also has a 5.2-metre turning radius, which Toyota says that it is the highest in class.
The 1.8G spec comes with a halogen projector headlights with bulb-type daytime operating lights, LED fog lamps, 17-inch twin five-spoke wheels with 215/60 profile Bridgestone Alenza tyres, and LED combination tail lights as vehicles equipped.
The 1.8V spec does come with a Bi-LED headlights with LED daytime running lights, 18-inch dual-tone alloys with 225/50 series Michelin Primacy 4 rubbers, a better pair of LED tail lights, and an acoustic laminated windshield. The driven tailgates with kick sensors are standard on both models, as well as the powered wing mirrors with LED turn indicators and blind spot tracking.
Although the exterior does not resemble the Corolla sedan, the similarities are immediately evident once you get inside the car. The dashboards are virtually identical, as the Corolla Cross has its own instrument panel style.
The speedometer is at the centre stage here, with a tachometer on its left. On the right, there’s a 4.2-inch colour multi-info display which provides access to a wide range of information and functions, including controls for the Toyota Safety Sense system.
A leather-wrapped multifunction steering wheel with tilt and telescoping changes is standard, as well as the black leather seat upholstery with perforation, single-zone automatic climate control, and a sensitive nine-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, and Miracast functionality. They also come with the same head unit that debuted in June on the Toyota Corolla sedan.
Both models are include with an eight-way control driver's seat (no memory function; manual for front passenger), a rotating centre armrest, twin cubbies in the front and back, a 12-volt plug in the centre armrest, rear centre air vents, and two USB Type-A charging ports (2.1 A) just below that. There's even a foot pedal parking brake and no electric parking turn here.
The Corolla Cross has 440 litres of cargo space, which is marginally more than the 437-litre capacity of the Honda HR-V. The 60:40 split rear bench can be folded flat to maximise loading space and has six degrees of incline adjustability.
The 1.8G spec comes standard with blind spot screening, as well as rear cross-traffic warnings, passive cruise control, a tyre pressure warning feature, seven airbags, and front and rear parking sensors for maximum safety (two front, four rear). Also used are a 360-degree surround vision camera and a front-facing dash cam.
On the other hand, the 1.8V spec is the only model that comes with Toyota Safety Sense, which includes automated emergency braking, lane departure warning with steering assist, lane tracing assist, adaptive cruise control (only up to 30 km/h), and automatic high beam. In the ASEAN NCAP crash test, the Corolla Cross also earned five points.
There are 5 colours available which includes Red Mica Metallic, Nebula Blue Metallic, Metalstream Metallic, Platinum White Pearl, and Graphic Metallic. The rear-facing dash cam will cost you an additional RM350 and a Qi wireless mobile charging tray are among the optional that cost RM520.
The Vehicle Telematics System (VTS) is also included as standard. There is also a free three-year premium programme that helps owners to track their cars via GPS signals in the event that they are robbed. This system will provide information such as engine ignition status and vehicle rpm, and a 24-hour command centre will assist in the location and recovery of the vehicle.
So, what are you waiting for? Book your New Corolla Cross now at Autosentral and enjoy the magnificent ride.