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A hit in Malaysia and Thailand, Toyota Corolla Cross heads to the USA next!

Sanjay ยท May 18, 2021 11:19 AM

A hit in Malaysia and Thailand, Toyota Corolla Cross heads to the USA next! 01

Overseas media has spotted the Toyota Corolla Cross testing in the United States, fueling speculations that it's the next market to receive the hit new SUV.

A hit in Malaysia and Thailand, Toyota Corolla Cross heads to the USA next! 02

Photos in this article depicts the Malaysian-spec car. 1.8V variant pictured

On the surface, the camouflaged Corolla Cross looks pretty much like ours, even down to the wheels that are available on our forthcoming 1.8V variant. However, it might also have certain market-specific visual differences too.

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2ZR-FE, 139 PS / 172 Nm in the Malaysian car. We don't get a hybrid option

Powertrains are still up in the air in the meantime: Japanese media speculates that it's the hybrid being tested, but they mention the model could get a market-specific Dynamic Force mill too.

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A hit in Malaysia and Thailand, Toyota Corolla Cross heads to the USA next! 01

Meanwhile, there's been rumours that the Corolla Cross begins production in September 2021 at the carmaker's Alabama factory.

A hit in Malaysia and Thailand, Toyota Corolla Cross heads to the USA next! 02

Rear seats have up to a 6-degree recline

Besides the North American market, Toyota is planning to introduce the model in Japan by Q3 2021. In order for it to do well there, a hybrid powertrain is a must.

Also read: Toyota Corolla Cross: Japan production to start soon, will rival all-new HR-V

A hit in Malaysia and Thailand, Toyota Corolla Cross heads to the USA next! 03

Boot space for the Malaysian-spec car is 440-litres with all seats up

The Corolla Cross made its world debut last year in Thailand, whereby it became a runaway hit. Up till now, it's the best-selling SUV in its segment there. After that, it was exported to neighbouring countries like Vietnam, the Philippines, and Indonesia.

Also read: Toyota Corolla Cross, Altis, Hilux GR-S planned for Vietnam, will Malaysia get them too?

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3D 360-degree camera is standard, but the 1.8V variant adds on the full suite of Toyota Safety Sense (TSS)

In Malaysia, the Corolla Cross is priced from RM 128,000 (1.8G), and RM 134,000 (1.8V). The initial allocation of 750 imported 1.8G units were sold out in less than a week, and locally-assembled (CKD) cars will be introduced in the later half of this year.

Also read: 

CBU 2021 Toyota Corolla Cross 1.8G sold out in less than 1 week, orders to be converted for CKD variants

Quick Review: 2021 Toyota Corolla Cross in Malaysia, the proper benchmark for family SUVs

Sanjay

Senior Writer

With humble beginnings collecting diecast models and spending hours virtually tuning dream cars on the computer, his love of cars has delightfully transformed into a career. Sanjay enjoys how the same passion for cars transcends boundaries and brings people together.

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