While Malaysia waits, Toyota Yaris Cross DNGA to be launched in Thailand in Oct 2023 as hybrid only
CY Foong · Sep 6, 2023 01:25 PM
Since its global debut in Indonesia in May, the DNGA-based 2023 Toyota Yaris Cross has made its way to some of its neighbours in Southeast Asia including Cambodia and the Philippines. Thailand is its next destination as it was reported that the compact crossover would be launched on 5 October 2023.
According to Autolife Thailand, the Yaris Cross would only be offered with a 1.5-litre hybrid engine. It seems the 1.5-litre petrol variants are not likely to make their way into the Kingdom for now.
The Yaris Cross Hybrid is powered by a 1.5-litre 4-cylinder 2NR-VEX petrol unit that makes 91 PS and 121 Nm working in tandem with an electric motor (80 PS/141 Nm). This system is paired with an E-CVT automatic gearbox that drives the front wheels.
Although the Yaris Cross’ production hub is in Indonesia, the Thai-spec compact crossover is reportedly assembled (CKD) in the Kingdom according to Autolife Thailand.
Details for the Thai-spec Yaris Cross Hybrid will only be revealed later during its launch but it could be similarly equipped as the Indonesian variant. In Indonesia, the Yaris Cross is offered with:
Power tailgate with kick sensor
7-inch TFT instrument panel
10.1-inch infotainment display
Apple CarPlay and Android Auto
Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) ADAS
The Thai publication also reported that the Yaris Cross Hybrid could be priced below THB 1 million (~RM 131k). Its chief rival, the Honda HR-V is priced between THB 979,000 to THB 1.179 million (~RM 129k-155k) which is only available as a hybrid in the Kingdom.
As for Malaysia, the Yaris Cross’ arrival won’t be so soon as it is rumoured that Perodua’s upcoming SUV, codenamed D66B, might be based on it. Perodua’s President and CEO, Dato’ Sri Zainal Abidin Ahmad, has also confirmed that there will be no more new launches in 2023 so perhaps its arrival might be in 2024?