Priced from RM 124k, Toyota Corolla Cross launched in Malaysia, full ADAS, 3D 360-deg cam, TNGA

Sanjay · Mar 25, 2021 08:30 PM

Priced from RM 124k, Toyota Corolla Cross launched in Malaysia, full ADAS, 3D 360-deg cam, TNGA 01

Your search history has probably been full of this in recent weeks, and here's (finally!) the SUV in question: the 2021 Toyota Corolla Cross has just been launched in Malaysia, with prices starting from RM 124,000.

Toyota Corolla Cross Malaysia price
Variant Price
1.8G

RM 124,000 w/ 50% SST discount, until 31-Dec 2021

1.8V (deliveries after July)

RM 129,266 w/ 50% SST discount, until 31-Dec 2021

RM 134,000 w/SST

Update: UMWT has released prices of the 1.8V with 50% SST discount. The story has been updated accordingly.

The 1.8G variant will be immediately available, while deliveries for 1.8V will begin in July.

Priced from RM 124k, Toyota Corolla Cross launched in Malaysia, full ADAS, 3D 360-deg cam, TNGA 01

Exterior - Aggressive yet traditional

Priced from RM 124k, Toyota Corolla Cross launched in Malaysia, full ADAS, 3D 360-deg cam, TNGA 02

This is the 1.8V

Well we're not exactly wrong aren't we? The Corolla Cross's single most recognisable feature has to be its gaping grille that sits between the headlights.

Priced from RM 124k, Toyota Corolla Cross launched in Malaysia, full ADAS, 3D 360-deg cam, TNGA 03

Speaking of headlights, the 1.8G makes do with halogen units, while the higher-specced 1.8V gets Bi-LED units.

Priced from RM 124k, Toyota Corolla Cross launched in Malaysia, full ADAS, 3D 360-deg cam, TNGA 04

Lights aren't the only things that seperate both variants - the wheels are different too, with the 1.8G getting 17-inch units, while 18-inch, dual-tone ones are found on the 1.8V.

Priced from RM 124k, Toyota Corolla Cross launched in Malaysia, full ADAS, 3D 360-deg cam, TNGA 05

Both variants look the same round the back. The only difference is the 1.8V variant gets LED tail lights with light curtains, while the 1.8G gets regular LED combination rear lamps.

Priced from RM 124k, Toyota Corolla Cross launched in Malaysia, full ADAS, 3D 360-deg cam, TNGA 06

1.8G variant in Nebula Blue Metallic

Five colours are available at launch: Red Mica Metallic, Nebula Blue Metallic, Metalstream Metallic, Platinum White Pearl, and Graphite Metallic.

Priced from RM 124k, Toyota Corolla Cross launched in Malaysia, full ADAS, 3D 360-deg cam, TNGA 07

And if you're wondering if the Corolla Cross is really as big as it seems, here's how it measures against its closest rivals, the Honda HR-V and Subaru XV:

Priced from RM 124k, Toyota Corolla Cross launched in Malaysia, full ADAS, 3D 360-deg cam, TNGA 08

Interior - Subtlety is key

Priced from RM 124k, Toyota Corolla Cross launched in Malaysia, full ADAS, 3D 360-deg cam, TNGA 09

1.8V pictured

Our Corolla Cross eschews the dual-tone theme available on the Thai-spec car for a subtler, all-black approach. 

Priced from RM 124k, Toyota Corolla Cross launched in Malaysia, full ADAS, 3D 360-deg cam, TNGA 10

Design-wise, it doesn't stray far from the regular Toyota Corolla Altis, featuring a large number of shared items. Things like the multi-function steering wheel, air-cond vents, window controls, and door handles are as you'd find in the sedan.

Priced from RM 124k, Toyota Corolla Cross launched in Malaysia, full ADAS, 3D 360-deg cam, TNGA 11

The steering wheel is tilt-and-telescopic adjustable, and behind it lies an analogue instrument cluster that features a 4.2-inch multi-info display (MID). This cluster is the same on both variants.

Priced from RM 124k, Toyota Corolla Cross launched in Malaysia, full ADAS, 3D 360-deg cam, TNGA 12

A closer look at some of the interior details. Electronically-adjustable driver's seat is standard, wireless charger is an optional extra

The other difference lies in lighting - the 1.8V gets additional cabin lighting.

Priced from RM 124k, Toyota Corolla Cross launched in Malaysia, full ADAS, 3D 360-deg cam, TNGA 13

Rear seats have up to a 6-degree recline

Beyond that, features are similar: 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support, all-round leather seats, rear air-cond vents, 60:40 split-folding rear seats, and a foot-operated parking brake.

Also read: Electric parking brake vs manual hand brake vs foot brake, which is better?

Priced from RM 124k, Toyota Corolla Cross launched in Malaysia, full ADAS, 3D 360-deg cam, TNGA 14

Both variants get a hands-free powered tailgate, complete with kick sensor. Boot space with all seats up is rated at 440 litres, marginally better than the HR-V's 437-litre trunk.

Powertrain - No hybrid variants yet

Priced from RM 124k, Toyota Corolla Cross launched in Malaysia, full ADAS, 3D 360-deg cam, TNGA 15

2ZR-FE, 139 PS / 172 Nm

Irrespective of variant, the Corolla Cross shares the same powertrain with the regular Corolla:

Toyota Corolla Cross powertrain

2ZR-FE

1.8-litre, naturally-aspirated, four-cylinder petrol

139 PS / 172 Nm

CVT with 7 virtual ratios

Front-wheel drive (FWD)

Priced from RM 124k, Toyota Corolla Cross launched in Malaysia, full ADAS, 3D 360-deg cam, TNGA 16

Although a definitive timeline hasn't been shared thus far, hybrid variants of the Corolla Cross - available in other markets - could be offered at a later date.

Platform - TNGA chassis

Priced from RM 124k, Toyota Corolla Cross launched in Malaysia, full ADAS, 3D 360-deg cam, TNGA 17

Underpinning the Corolla Cross is the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) modular platform - if it sounds familiar, it's because it underpins other models such as the Toyota Camry and the Corolla Altis too.

Instead of getting the complicated double-wishbone rear suspension setup, the Corolla Cross instead adopts a torsion beam. The reasons are simple - it's more cost-effective, and allows for more space at the back.

Also read: Toyota Corolla Altis'TNGA platform, what is it and does it make any difference?

Priced from RM 124k, Toyota Corolla Cross launched in Malaysia, full ADAS, 3D 360-deg cam, TNGA 18

Torsion beam rear suspension assembly

Front suspension array remains the traditional McPherson strut. Braking is handled by discs on all four corners.

Also, the Corolla Cross has an impressively tight turning radius of just 5.2 meters - smaller than the HR-V's (5.8 meters) and XV's (5.4 meters).

Also read: 2021 Toyota Corolla Cross vs Honda HR-V – add RM 6k for a bigger car, should you?

Safety - Toyota Safety Sense available

Priced from RM 124k, Toyota Corolla Cross launched in Malaysia, full ADAS, 3D 360-deg cam, TNGA 19

Front DVR is standard-issue, rear DVR is optional

Standard on the Corolla Cross are 7 airbags, ISOFIX mounts, tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS), and blind spot monitor with rear-cross traffic alert (BSM, RCTA).

Priced from RM 124k, Toyota Corolla Cross launched in Malaysia, full ADAS, 3D 360-deg cam, TNGA 20

3D 360-degree camera is also standard across both variants

The higher-end 1.8V adds on Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) ADAS functions:

  • Pre-collision system (PCS)
  • Lane departure alert with steering assist (LDA)
  • Dynamic radar cruise control (DRCC)
  • Lane tracing assist (LTA)
  • Automatic high beam (AHB)

Also read: 2021 Toyota Corolla Cross’ TSS 2.0 detailed; better choice than the HR-V?

Summary - CKD models to follow

Priced from RM 124k, Toyota Corolla Cross launched in Malaysia, full ADAS, 3D 360-deg cam, TNGA 21

As reported in an earlier story, the Corolla Cross is fully-imported (CBU) from Thailand, but locally-assembled (CKD) models are expected to come later this year.

Also read: UMW confirms CKD 2021 Toyota Corolla Cross to launch in Q2 2021, more hybrids to come

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However, no significant differences of pricing and specifications are expected between the CKD and CBU models.

WapCar's Comments

Priced from RM 124k, Toyota Corolla Cross launched in Malaysia, full ADAS, 3D 360-deg cam, TNGA 23

The Corolla Cross is exactly what you would expect from a car that wears the Corolla name. It's not shouty, it stays in the safe middle and tries to please everyone. It's covers all the basics, backed by Toyota's stellar after-sales services and fuss-free ownership experience. It won't wow boy racers but regular folks will be queuing up for one.

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Sanjay

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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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