The New Toyoa Corolla Cross gives a new meaning to a Crossover. The latest Crossover to be revealed by Toyota Malaysia marks the brand’s entry into the compact SUV segment. Aimed at the ‘modern SUV’ market, we try to make sense of the Corolla based crossover and who will it suit.
More than a Sedan
Malaysian buyers prefer high riding vehicles compared to traditional saloons, and the Corolla Cross caters to that. It rides 161mm higher than the regular Corolla, and compared to the Civic, it’s wider and taller. It does however lack length, and therefore lower wheelbase length. The boot space also suffers at 440 liters. The Civic has a boot space of 519 liters in comparison
Not quite an SUV, it’s Crossover
However if you were to compare it to full sized SUV, the Corolla Cross cant hold a candle against them. The Proton X70 in Premium 2WD will walk all over this car, with a much bigger cabin, way bigger boot space at 515 liters, and a whole lot more power. Its the same case if you stack it against the Peugeot 3008 or the Mazda CX-5.
There’s adaptive cruise control, Pre-Collision System (active braking), automated tailgate, automatic headlights, a 9 inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, Blind spot monitoring and tyre pressure monitoring system.
Another feature available for this Crossover include an optional Digital video recorders, front and back.
Where’s the Tech
We find the Corolla Cross lagging behind in key technology. In the age where almost everyone is fielding a turbocharged powertrain, its quite disappointing to find a 1.8 liter Naturally Aspirated engine under the hood, adopted from (you guessed), the Corolla. We would be very surprised to see it clock consumption figures that are better than the direct injection turbo SUV’s.
Even the instrument display is analog, something for being cost effective. You’d have to make do with the 4.2 inch display.
With standard safety features set in along with Adaptive Cruise Control and 7 airbags, this Crossover valued at RM134, 000 for the highest grade is worth a second look. The Corolla Cross is cheaper than most C segment sedans and rivals’ SUVs.
A Crossover is intended for a comfort ride at a higher stance, but not too much. We’ll be diving deeper into this new Crossover from Toyota soon as we test drive it, so stay tuned…