Toyota Vios GR Sport to Corolla Cross - here are the Toyota cars coming to Malaysia in 2021!

Sanjay · Dec 3, 2020 08:00 PM

2021 is fast shaping up to be a very exciting one for Malaysia's automotive industry. Other brands notwithstanding, let's take a look at what new cars we can expect from UMW Toyota Motor (UMWT) in Malaysia in 2021.

All-new 2021 Toyota Harrier

Pictured here is the Japan-spec Harrier.

The fourth-generation Toyota Harrier is an all-new model, built on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform (TNGA-K to be exact, like the Toyota RAV4).

In Japan, powering the Harrier are a choice of two powertrains: a 2.0-litre petrol engine (171 PS, 207 Nm) or a 2.5-litre petrol-electric hybrid (combined system output: 218 PS), paired to a CVT. Both are naturally-aspirated. 

However in Malaysia, only the 2.0-litre engine is bound to appear. 

Seeing that the outgoing XU60-generation Harrier is equipped with Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), we can safely expect the same in the upcoming Harrier. 

However, expect prices to see a bump from the current generation. For more on the 2021 Harrier, read this FAQ

2021 Toyota Camry facelift

US-spec Camry pictured.

For the same premium flavour in sedan form, you can look forward to the facelifted Toyota Camry

Unlike the Harrier, the Camry is a facelift - which means most things should remain the same, barring a few visual and technological refinements, such as improved Smart Entry keyless entry system, the inclusion of Android Auto/Apple CarPlay and an improved version of TSS.

That said, the Malaysian-spec TNGA-underpinned Camry will most likely keep the aging 2.5-litre 2AR series engine (184 PS/235 Nm). It's fun to drive yes, but it could do better with the modern 2.5-litre Dynamic Force engine (209 PS/250 Nm) as seen in the Thai-spec car. 

Read our roundup of the upcoming Camry facelift in this article

2021 Toyota Fortuner facelift

Since the Toyota Hilux got a facelift very recently, it's fair to expect the Toyota Fortuner to get it too. According to our friends at Autofun, the upcoming Fortuner is bound to be more luxurious.

Thai-spec range-topping Legender variant.

Powertrain-wise, the facelifted Fortuner is expected to keep the 2.4-litre 2GD-FTV turbodiesel engine (150 PS/450 Nm) in Malaysia.

Whether or not we get the new 2.8-litre 1GD-FTV engine (204PS/500Nm, powering the Thai-spec Fortuner Legender and our Hilux Rogue) remains to be seen. 

Meanwhile, exterior changes are very subtle. It's the inside where it counts - expect better optional extras (wireless charger and powered tailgate with kick sensor are offered in Thailand) as well as improved TSS to be part of the package.

Thai-spec Legender variant shown.

For the full rundown of the upcoming Fortuner - click here!

Update: Prices for the facelifted Toyota Fortuner has been announced. Read it here.

2021 Toyota Corolla Cross

The second TNGA-based SUV coming here is the Toyota Corolla Cross. A huge hit in Thailand, it's Toyota's fighter to the Honda HR-V and Subaru XV

Although powertrain details for Malaysia are still shrouded, it comes with two 1.8-litre, naturally-aspirated engine options in Thailand: 2ZR-FBE (non-hybrid, 140 PS/177 Nm) and the 2ZR-FXE (combined system output: 122 PS).

Inside, the Malaysian-spec Corolla Cross should get leather upholstery as well as a touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto/Apple CarPlay support.

Boot space is bigger than segment rivals (487 litres, compared to the HR-V's 437 litres) and safe (comes with TSS). 

A definitive guide to the Corolla Cross can be read here.

2021 Toyota Vios GR Sport (Launched Dec 2020)

All of the above a bit too stately for you? Then let Gazoo Racing heat it up a bit. The Toyota Vios was recently facelifted, and with that we'll be welcoming a new GR Sport variant. 

Word on the street says that it'll feature suspension upgrades, cosmetic reworks and most eyebrow-raising of them all, a CVT with 10-virtual ratios. 

Since it's a GR Sport variant, don't expect pops and bangs or wild drifting action. 

Update: UMWT has launched the Vios GR Sport on 18-December 2020. For the full break down, read this article!

2021 Toyota GR Yaris (Launched Dec 2020)

Yes, the three-cylinder rally car for the road is coming! Personally signed off by rally legend Tommi Makinen, the Toyota GR Yaris is the fire-breathing B-segment hatchback you're looking for, with 272 PS and 370 Nm on tap.

The world can't get enough of it, and Top Gear Magazine just gave it a perfect score. It's already open for booking in Thailand, so expect the same in Malaysia soon but remember - prices won't be cheap - circa RM 300k - but it's one for the record books.

Update: UMWT has launched the GR Yaris on 18-Dec 2020. Read the full article here!


Meanwhile, the 2021 Toyota Vios and Yaris facelift are hitting showrooms this month.

So there you have it - next year's upcoming Toyota models. This'll be a series of articles covering different manufactures as we run up to the new year, so stick around and stay tuned to!


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