More features for less - Toyota Corolla Cross CKD, hybrid specs confirmed

Sanjay · Nov 2, 2021 05:27 PM

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Following the announcement of the Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid's estimated prices last Friday, UMW Toyota Motor (UMWT) has also updated prices of the rest of the model's range to reflect its now locally-assembled (CKD) status.

There's a few differences between them and the earlier fully-imported (CBU Thailand) batches, which we'll explore here.

Prices – Slightly cheaper now

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1.8V pictured

As expected, the Corolla Cross benefits from slightly reduced prices, but not by too much. The 1.8G variant gets an RM 1,000 reduction from before, while the 1.8V is RM 266 cheaper than previous. 

Here are the sales and service tax (SST) exempt prices of the Corolla Cross:

2021 Toyota Corolla Cross CKD price in Malaysia
Variant Price
1.8G RM 123,000
1.8V RM 129,000
Hybrid Est. RM 137,000
OTR without insurance, SST-exempted prices valid until 30-June 2022

Equipment – 1.8G gets more kit

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The Bi-LED units

Checks with several dealers point that the locally-assembled SUVs also adds on more kit, particularly on the base 1.8G variant.

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Thai-spec Corolla Cross Hybrid; note the blue tinges

The 1.8G now gets Bi-LED headlights and LED tail lights, just like the 1.8V variant. The Hybrid, being the range-topper, naturally gets Bi-LED headlights too, but with blue accents.

Also read: Thais celebrate Toyota Corolla Cross' success with Modellista kit; something Malaysians want too?

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Note the roof rails on the Thai-spec car

Other than that, its said that noise-suppressing acoustic windshield and roof rails will be standard fitment on all variants.

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The Thai-spec Corolla Cross Hybrid's instrument cluster

Meanwhile, variant-exclusive features on the Corolla Cross Hybrid includes a drive mode selector, a 7-inch digital instrument cluster, automatic dual-zone climate control, and Celestite Grey Metallic exterior colour.

Powertrain – Hybrid and pure petrol options

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The naturally-aspirated mill in the Corolla Cross

Naturally the non-hybrid 1.8-litre naturally-aspirated engine (139 PS / 172 Nm) remains unchanged, paired to a CVT.

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A Celestite Grey Metallic Corolla Cross Hybrid, Thai-spec car

As for the Corolla Cross Hybrid, its powertrain should mirror the Thai-spec car's: pairing a 72 PS / 163 Nm electric motor to a 98 PS / 142 Nm 1.8 litre Atkinson cycle engine (shared with the Prius), for a combined system output of 122 PS. These are paired to an e-CVT.

Note that you cannot simply add the torque figures because both the engine and electric motor spins at different speeds.

Also read: Buying a Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid? Does it handle flooded roads poorer than regular cars?

Safety kit - Toyota Safety Sense available

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The Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) suite of advanced driver assistance system (ADAS) is offered on the 1.8V and hybrid variants, bringing with it:

  • Pre-collision system (PCS)
  • Lane Departure Alert with steering alert (LDA)
  • Lane Tracing Assist (LTA)
  • Automatic High Beam (AHB)
  • Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC, all-speed)

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The 1.8G variant misses out on these, but there's respectable passive safety in place. Across the board, the Corolla Cross gets 7 airbags, seatbelt warnings, and ISOFIX mounts.

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Bookings of the Corolla Cross Hybrid are now officially open, and customers placing their orders now can look forward to receiving CKD cars.

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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