Yours for RM 137k, Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid launched in Malaysia
Jason · Jan 14, 2022 09:00 PM
8-year unlimited mileage warranty on hybrid system
Still 440 litres of bootspace despite additional battery pack
However, still no electric parking brake (EPB)
You've seen the teasers, and finally it's here. UMW Toyota Motor (UMWT) has officially launched the locally-assembled (CKD) Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid in Malaysia. UMWT has announced that the hybrid Corolla Cross retails for RM 136,550 (on the road without insurance, SST exemptions applied).
The Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid is backed by a 5-year unlimited mileage warranty, in addition to the 8-year unlimited mileage warranty for the hybrid battery, inverter, and power management ECU. UMWT is also offering a 2-year extension on the hybrid system's warranty for an additional RM 2,950.
From the outside, what sets the range-topping Hybrid variant apart are variant-specific Bi-LED headlights with blue accents, a Hybrid emblem on the fenders and tailgate. CKD variants of the Corolla Cross also get roof rails as standard – something the initial imported (CBU) batches didn't have.
On the inside, the Corolla Cross Hybrid offers a drive mode selector, 7-inch multi info display (petrol variants get a smaller 4.2-inch display), electrochromic mirror, and hybrid-specific carpet mats.
Like its petrol siblings, there's a 9-inch infotainment display with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support routed through a 6-speaker system. And no, the Corolla Cross Hybrid does not get an electric parking brake (EPB) too, still a foot-operated affair here.
Owing to some clever packaging, Toyota has managed to place the Corolla Cross Hybrid’s battery pack under the rear seats. Thus, the Corolla Cross’ boot space is 440 litres across the range, regardless of variant. All variants also get a space saver spare tyre.
On the safety front, the Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid ships with 7 airbags, and the full Toyota Safety Sense ADAS suite, packing features like:
Pre-Collision System (PCS)
Lane Departure Alert (LDA) with Steering Assist
Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC)
Lane Tracing Assist (LTA)
Automatic High Beam (AHB)
Blind Spot Monitor (BSM)
Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA).
The Corolla Cross Hybrid is powered by a 1.8-litre 2ZR-FXE Atkinson-cycle 4-cylinder petrol engine (98 PS/142 Nm) which is paired to an electric motor (72 PS/163 Nm), giving a total combined output of 122 PS. Drive is channelled to the front wheels via a e-CVT automatic transmission.
There are five colours to choose your Corolla Cross Hybrid from, four of which are shared with the petrol variants, namely Silver Metallic, Red Mica Metallic, Nebula Blue Metallic, and Platinum White Pearl. The fifth colour option – Celestite Grey Metallic, is a colour exclusive only to the Corolla Cross Hybrid.
Jason's foremost passion is all things automotive, where he spent his formative working years as a Product Planner and Trainer. An Advanced Driving Instructor by training and an all-round enthusiast, Jason loves going into intricate details about driving dynamics. Will drive anything with 4 wheels and a steering.