UMW Toyota(UMWT) To Assemble it’s First Hybrid Locally, The New Corolla Cross Hybrid
A major milestone for UMW Toyota as they launched the first locally assembled Hybrid model, The Corolla Cross.
UMW Toyota (UMWT) reveal its first locally assembled Toyota model with Hybrid Electric Technology. The
new Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid which is estimated to be priced from RM137,000. Customers also have the option of two other variants – the Corolla Cross 1.8V and 1.8G – which come with 1.8-litre DOHC 16-valve Dual VVT-i engines.
“This is a major milestone in the history of Toyota in Malaysia, and we are excited about launching the first locally-assembled Toyota model with Hybrid Electric Technology. Assembling locally means more attractive and affordable pricing so that more people can enjoy the benefits of the advanced technology,” said Mr. Ravindran K, President of UMW Toyota Motor.At the time of the introduction of the Corolla Cross, the model was imported in CBU (completely
built-up) form from Thailand. Now it will be assembled in Malaysia at the ASSB plant in Bukit Raja,
TOYOTA HYBRID ELECTRIC VEHICLE TECHNOLOGY
The hybrid electric powertrain of the Corolla Cross Hybrid employs the fourth generation of Toyota’s Hybrid Electric System. This consists of a 1.8-litre petrol engine which works together with an electric motor, with the computer intelligently using power from the engine and motor according to driving conditions. For stronger acceleration, more power may be drawn from the petrol engine, while the electric motor is used more when moving off from standstill. In certain conditions, it is even possible to drive on just electric power alone, with almost noiseless
movement and zero emissions.
The power output of the petrol engine is 72 kW/98 ps at 5,200 rpm with 142 Nm of torque at 3,600 rpm. From the electric motor comes 53 kW (equal to 72 ps) and 163 Nm of torque which is available from almost idling speed. Power delivery is via an E-CVT with 4 drive modes – SPORT | ECO | NORMAL | EV. The driver can easily select each mode while on the move to suit driving preferences or to maximize fuel-saving. For the Corolla Cross 1.8V and 1.8G, the powertrain is the same as that in the models launched earlier this year.
The proven 1.8-litre DOHC 16-valve petrol engine with Dual VVT-i produces 139 ps of power at 6,400 rpm with 172 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm. An electronically-controlled
throttle to provide responsiveness, smoothness and quietness. The 7-speed Sequential Shiftmatic transmission (CVT) also offers manual selection of gears.
COROLLA CROSS DESIGN CONCEPT & STYLING
The locally assembled versions are enhanced with new features. Like the Corolla Cross 1.8V, the 1.8G also has Bi-LED headlamps with LED Daytime Running Lights that employ a Light Curtain design. A roof rail is now included as standard to add to the sporty and adventurous image.
It also has all the comfort and convenience features while the extra height of the vehicle provides significantly better headroom than other competitor SUV models in the same class. Tthe Corolla Cross 1.8V, LED illumination on the front door trim, cupholder and tray creates a high-quality feel and gives an advanced impression. The driver’s seat also has 8-way Power Adjustment, while the rear seat backrest can recline by 6 degrees as well as fold to enlarge the boot space from its standard 440 litres. For maximum convenience, the powered rear door has a handsfree opening operation with the kick sensor under the bumper.
The infotainment system, which uses a 9-inch touchscreen display, and is Apple CarPlay and Android Auto ready so favourite apps from compatible smartphones can be transferred and used from the dashboard. For recharging portable devices, there are now two Type-C USB points at the rear and customers can also include the optional wireless charger pad.
With the Corolla Cross Hybrid’s efficient powertrain, motoring will be quieter but even with the other two version, noise levels within the cabin have been reduced. This is from the use of windshield glass with better insulation as well as a bonnet silencer. For added comfort, rear passengers also get cool air with additional vents for the rear section.
TOYOTA SAFETY SENSE
Only Corolla Cross 1.8V and 1.8 Hybrid variant has Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) 2.0 to assist the driver to avoid an
accident or minimize the effects of a collision. The safety systems in TSS 2.0 consist of a Pre-Collision System (PCS), Lane Departure Alert (LDA) with Steering Assist, Lane Tracing Assist (LTA), Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC), and Automatic High Beam (AHB).
These core technologies, which use a radar and camera, are complemented by other safety technologies such as a Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), 3D Panoramic View Monitor, Driver Start Control and a Tyre Pressure Warning System (TPWS). A Front Driving Video Recorders (DVR) is standard and customers can also choose to add a rear-mounted DVR.
For the locally-assembled models, DRCC and LTA have been enhanced to be able to operate at full speed. DRCC maintains a safe distance from the vehicle ahead whatever the cruising speed is set at, while LTA helps the driver to keep the vehicle safely within its lane – even while going around a curve.
Besides the high-strength TNGA platform, the structure of the Corolla Cross is engineered to withstand impact forces from all sides during an accident, reducing or preventing injuries to the occupants. In crash testing and technical evaluation by ASEAN NCAP, the Corolla Cross, as with many other Toyota models, has received a maximum 5-star safety rating.
Additionally, there are 7 SRS airbags around the cabin (including one for the driver’s knees) which will deploy and provide cushioning in severe collisions. ISOFIX points (with tether anchor) are also available in the rear outer seats for installation of compatible childseats, which are now required by law.
Selangor and three variants will be assembled. Besides the Corolla Cross Hybrid, the other two variants will be the Corolla Cross 1.8V and Corolla Cross 1.8G.
Order-taking has started by all authorized Toyota dealers for all three variants with the following estimated on-the-road prices inclusive of sales tax but without insurance:
Toyota Corolla Cross 1.8 Hybrid: RM137,000
Toyota Corolla Cross 1.8V: RM129,000
Toyota Corolla Cross 1.8G: RM123,000
Five thrilling exterior colours will be offered: Celestite Grey Metallic (exclusive for the Corolla Cross Hybrid), Platinum White Pearl, Red Mica Metallic, Nebula Blue Metallic and Silver Metallic.