Save the date: Toyota to launch ‘silent’ running model in Malaysia on 27-Sept

Sanjay · Sep 20, 2021 03:00 PM

Save the date: Toyota to launch ‘silent’ running model in Malaysia on 27-Sept 01

UMW Toyota Motor (UMWT) is set to introduce a new model in Malaysia on 27-September 2021. Though the exact model is still a mystery, there are some key words in the press release that lean it to be a hybrid.

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Currently, UMWT sells two pure-petrol variants of the Corolla Cross: the 1.8G and 1.8V

Toyota's press release reads, "Stepping into tomorrow today, this journey ahead promises greater excitement, silence, harmony, energy, endurance and power, an experience that will inevitably become a life changing one."

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Thai-spec Corolla Cross variants shown

“At the risk of not revealing too much, let me just say we will be making a detailed announcment about this very soon, and it will have a big impact on not only the brand but the industry as a whole, and the lifestyle as well as choices that we have become so accustomed to,” said UMW Toyota Motor Deputy Chairman, Akio Takeyama.

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Save the date: Toyota to launch ‘silent’ running model in Malaysia on 27-Sept 01

Neighbouring countries already have the Corolla Cross Hybrid. Seen here is the Thailand-spec car, with blue accents on the logo and headlights

Could Toyota be hinting at the Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid's Malaysian launch? It has been implied in previous UMW Holdings Berhad’s investor presentations that a Toyota HEV model will be locally-assembled (CKD) in Malaysia.

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

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Thailand's Corolla Cross Hybrid gains a digital instrument cluster

Regardless, UMWT’s move to introduce HEVs in Malaysia is in line with their recent increased investments into expanding its current manufacturing operations and facilities.

Also read: 2021 Toyota Camry facelift, new GR model launching in Malaysia, Q4 2021 - UMW confirms

Save the date: Toyota to launch ‘silent’ running model in Malaysia on 27-Sept 03

The company has recently announced an RM 270 million investment plan, which includes the introduction of a new generation of HEVs.

Also read: UMWT announces RM 270m investment into CKD hybrids - Corolla Cross Hybrid?

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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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