The Toyota Corolla Cross is probably one of the most anticipated car launches for many car buyers this year, because at long last, UMW Toyota now has a proper competitor to go up against the king of the B-segment SUVs, Honda HR-V.

Available in Malaysia in two variants, the Toyota Corolla Cross starts at RM124,000 (with sales tax exemptions) for the 1.8G, moving up to RM134,000 (without sales tax exemptions) for the range-topping 1.8V variant – the latter now open for booking, but will only be available at a later date.

The differences between the two variants are mostly on its exterior equipment list. The entry-level variant here in the video gets halogen headlights and daytime-running lights as opposed to bi-LED units, 17-inch wheels instead of 18s, as well as a simpler looking LED rear combination tail lights.

Inside, both variants are essentially identical. Standard equipment in the cabin include an analogue instrument cluster with a 4.2-inch multi-info display, a nine-inch touchscreen infotainment display with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, single-zone automatic climate control, full black leather upholstery, and powered seats for the driver.

The sole difference inside between the two variants are the buttons on the steering wheel; the 1.8V variant gets additional buttons for the dynamic radar cruise control system, as part of the Toyota Safety Sense (TSS) 2.0 advanced driver assistance suite. Other features in the TSS 2.0 system include:

  • Pre-Collision System (PCS)
  • Lane Departure Alert (LDA) with steering assist
  • Lane Tracing Assist (LTA) at high-speed only
  • Automatic High Beam (AHB)

Both variants of the Toyota Corolla Cross are powered by a 1.8-litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder engine – the same as the Corolla sedan – which makes 139 hp and 172 Nm of torque. Power is sent to the front wheels via a standard CVT gearbox with seven virtual gears.

Want to know how the new Corolla Cross drives? Be sure to check out our first-drive impressions of the new Toyota compact SUV here. The rest of the facts and figures can be found in our launch coverage, here.