Toyota C-HR dropped from Malaysia’s line-up, Toyota Corolla Cross to fill the gap?

Eric · Dec 22, 2020 06:31 PM

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The quirky-but-stylish Toyota C-HR has been quietly dropped from UMW Toyota Motor’s line-up, leaving a vacant spot that will be soon filled by the 2021 Toyota Corolla Cross.

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The Toyota Corolla Cross, unlike the made-in-Thailand Toyota C-HR, is expected to be locally-assembled (CKD) at UMWT’s manufacturing subsidiary Assembly Services Sdn. Bhd.’s (ASSB) second plant in Bukit Raja.

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Local assembly should allow UMWT to price the Corolla Cross more competitively against its rivals and hopefully not repeating the C-HR’s mistake. When the Toyota C-HR was still on sale in Malaysia, it retailed for RM 144,336 – pricier than rivals like the Honda HR-V (RM 104k to RM 118k) and Hyundai Kona (RM 115k to RM 143k). These prices are inclusive of the 10% SST exemption.

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To recap, the Toyota Corolla Cross rides on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA), more specifically the TNGA-C variant – similar to the C-HR and Corolla Altis, but with a simpler, more space-efficient torsion beam rear suspension setup. The C-HR and Corolla Altis utilize a more complex double wishbone setup.

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The Toyota Corolla Cross' hybrid engine

Two powertrains are offered in Thailand: a 1.8-litre petrol that is shared with the Corolla Altis and a 1.8-litre petrol-electric. We believe that the hybrid option could be introduced in Malaysia, as UMWT has previously said that they plan to introduce more hybrid models here.

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The Toyota Corolla Cross made its global debut in Thailand back in July 2020. Factoring in the lead-time required for local assembly and local parts sourcing, a late-2021 debut in Malaysia is likely.

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