UMW Toyota has officially taken the wraps off the all-new fourth-generation Toyota Harrier much to the joy of all the Taukays, Datos, Datins, and YBs.
Priced at RM249,706 on the road without insurance, the all-new Toyota Harrier is fully imported from Japan, and it is worth mentioning here that Malaysia is only one of two countries in the world where the new Harrier is sold officially with full warranty and after sales support.
The Harrier also comes with a full factory five-year unlimited mileage warranty, and as Toyota claims, “with ready availability of genuine parts”. Once the SST exemption is no longer in the picture, the Harrier’s price is expected to rise up to RM259,000.
The big news with the all-new Toyota Harrier will be powered by the same Dynamic Force 2.0 litre N/A four-cylinder petrol engine powering the base RAV4 which produces 173 PS and 203 Nm of torque, paired with a CVT.
So, since there is no Lexus engine or turbocharging anymore, the new powertrain now makes 58 PS and 147 Nm less than the outgoing model’s 231 PS and 350 Nm. In case you’re wondering how quick the new Harrier is, it can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in about 9 seconds and hit a top speed of 190km/h.
Wider, lower, longer
Built on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) GA-K platform, the Harrier is now 20 mm wider, 30 mm lower, and comes with a wheelbase that is longer by 30 mm versus the outgoing model.
Other key exterior features include 18-inch alloy wheels, a redesigned overall design with new Bi-LED headlamps with long slits and L-shaped Daytime Running Lights, LED tail lamps with a thin LED light bar that runs across the rear, as well as twin exhaust pipes.
And then we have the fixed panoramic roof which is equipped with electro-chromatic glass that can be dimmed or darkened at the touch of a button. The Harrier also introduces a Digital Display Rear View Mirror, displaying live images from a wide-angled high-definition camera giving the driver greater night-driving clarity and eliminating glare from oncoming headlights.
Inside, the all-new Harrier gets leather seats, a 12-way power adjustment for the driver’s seat, a steering column that automatically rises out of the way when getting in and out of the vehicle, a vehicle Head-Up Display (HUD), wireless charging, Automatic Dual-Zone Air Conditioning system with nanoe X technology, front and rear USB ports for convenience, a Kick Sensor Power Back Door, and advanced infotainment in the form of an Apple CarPlay and Android Auto Ready 8-inch capacitive touch screen.
Available in five colours – Steel Blonde Metallic, Slate Grey Metallic, Precious Black, Dark Blue Metallic, and signature White Pearl Crystal Shine, the all-new Harrier is also offered with the Toyota FlexiPlan where customers can enjoy Interest-Saving financing packages exclusively from Toyota Capital Services.
UMW Toyota Motor today announced that the locally assembled all-new Toyota Corolla Cross will be available for delivery towards the fourth quarter of the year. The company also disclosed that the model has been receiving overwhelming response from customers since its launch.
Including the Corolla Cross, UMW Toyota Motor sold more than 17,000 Toyota and Lexus vehicles in the first quarter of 2021 with a market share of approximately 12.1%, which is an increase of 62% year-on-year compared to the sales volume for the same period in 2020.
Hilux is still king
The best-selling models were the Toyota Vios and the Toyota Hilux, accounting for approximately 56% of the pick-up truck market for the first quarter. The updated versions of the Toyota Innova and Toyota Fortuner were also introduced early in the year with fresh new styling and extra value-added features.
The Toyota Yaris has been consistently No. 1 in the Non-National hatchback segment with Q1 estimated market share of 73%. The Vios and Vios GRS has also achieved positive response with approximately 5600 numbers sold since their launch.
Toyota GR Yaris
As for the GR Yaris, most of the units allocated for the Malaysian market (out of 25,000 units for worldwide sales) were booked within a month of launch. The GR Yaris is one of three models in Toyota’s high-performance GR brand which are available in Malaysia.
The other models are the GR Supra and Vios GR-Sport. These models are exclusively sold through dealerships with the GR Garage that is dedicated to the brand.
Commenting on the achievement, President, Ravindran K said, “During the first quarter of 2020, the market was already declining due to the pandemic. This year, it’s a different story; with the situation easing as well as the support by the government through the PENJANA program that exempts sales tax partially or fully until June 30 this year, new vehicle sales have been consistently high. In fact, for Toyota, our momentum started in December when we launched the Toyota GR Yaris and Vios GR-Sport which excited the market and set a positive note to enter 2021,” he added.
Hari Raya ‘Countless Rewards’ promotion
Separately, with the Hari Raya festive season coming up during the second quarter, UMWT will be running the ‘Countless Rewards’ promotions for customers to drive Toyota for Raya and catch it before the SST exemption period ends. Savings for customers also include exemption on sales tax that is applicable to CBU models so customers should not miss this opportunity for big savings.
The EZ Beli financing scheme offers customers low instalments (depending on the model). Additionally, savings are available with Toyota Service Savers. This provides Toyota customers with peace-of-mind vehicle ownership with lowered maintenance cost of their Toyota vehicles.
Toyota Gazoo Racing (TGR) just gave the new GR 86 its world debut in an online event held together with Subaru Corporation (Subaru). Following the GR Supra and GR Yaris, the new GR 86 is the third global model in TGR’s GR series of sports cars. The new GR 86 is scheduled to launch in Japan in the next quarter of 2021.
Measuring 4,265 mm long, 1,775 mm wide, and 1,310 mm tall with a 2,575 mm wheelbase, the new GR 86’s exterior highlights include fender tops that extend horizontally to the beltline, a low, horizontal underbody, a GR-specific functional Matrix front grille, and the same 18-inch alloy wheel seen on the GR Yaris.
Inside, the 2021 GR 86 features a cabin that looks much more premium and modern than the outgoing 86 that looks rather plain. The operating system—which includes the various switches and the horizontally-accented instrument panel—is optimally located to create a space that enables the driver can concentrate on driving.
Taking centre-stage is the new display that features a 7-inch TFT screen. Its opening animation sequence is inspired by the piston movements of the GR 86’s horizontally opposed engine, and fosters a sense of excitement even before the drive begins.
New 2.4-litre engine
Speaking of drive, powering the new Toyota GR 86 is a new lightweight, compact, naturally aspirated 2.4-litre boxer petrol engine producing 235 PS and 250 Nm of maximum torque, enabling the car to achieve 0–100km/h acceleration in just 6.3 seconds versus the outgoing model’s 7.4 seconds.
Toyota claims that engine responsiveness has also been enhanced, providing smooth, stress-free sensations from low to high rpms.
While the dimensions of the new GR 86 are almost identical to the previous model, limiting both the overall height and hip-point of the vehicle has lowered the centre-of-gravity and enhanced turning performance, resulting in a car that is more agile than before.
Light weight this, light weight that…
Other components that have also contributed towards lightness and lower centre-of-gravity include the aluminium roof panels, aluminium fenders, as well as lightweight seats and mufflers.
Despite being lighter, body rigidity has been improved, with the goal of offering pleasurable handling in all speed ranges—from urban driving to the upper limits of performance. Torsional rigidity has also been enhanced by approximately 50% over the previous model for greater steering stability.
The GR 86 features aerodynamic components seen on 86 models that participate in motorsports. These include air outlets, side sill spoilers, and other parts that improve steering responsiveness and stability.
Where safety is concerned, the automatic version of the GR 86 uses Subaru’s EyeSight Driver Assist Technology. This suite of comprehensive safety technologies provides safety support during day-to-day driving with pre-collision safety technologies that help avoid or reduce collision impacts, and emergency rescue support and secondary collision avoidance support in the event of an accident.
UMW Toyota Motor has officially welcome the Toyota Corolla Cross into the Malaysian market, offering the SUV in two trim levels with an asking price between RM124,000 and RM134,000.
So, in an effort to give us, the distinguished members of the press a first-hand experience on the newly launched model, we were invited to spend a day with the Corolla Cross 1.8G a couple of weeks ago, where we drove the SUV from the brand’s headquarters in Shah Alam to Bandar Rimbayu, Shah Alam, followed by Hulu Langat, and finally Cyberjaya before we returned to Shah Alam.
Although the route wasn’t as long as we expected it to be, it did comprise a good balance of highway, trunk roads, twisty bits, and some real crappy pothole filled roads on which we could really see what the Corolla Cross could do.
Going against models like the Subaru XV, Mazda CX-30, Honda HR-V, and the Proton X50, the Toyota Corolla Cross is among the more conservatively styled model in the segment. In fact, it looks a lot like its bigger brother, the RAV4.
Since the Corolla Cross 1.8G is the lower-spec model, the unit which we drove came with halogen lights, 17-inch tyres and wheels, and laminated green windscreen. Those who opt for the range-topping Corolla Cross 1.8V will get 18-inch wheels, full LED lights, and acoustic laminated green windscreen.
There is no denying that the Corolla Cross is a good looking SUV, but unlike the C-HR, the Corolla Cross looks rather conservative. So, if you’re looking for a simple yet pleasant looking compact SUV, the Corolla Cross may tickle you in the right places. However, if you want something that is more eye-catching, you may want to get your hands on the Proton X50 or the Subaru XV that come with brighter exteriors colour and what not.
Similar to the exterior, the Corolla Cross’ interior is also designed to look rather simple. It may not look as funky as the X50 but it is still a pleasant place to be in. While the dashboard is made of a combination of hard and soft material, the seats, steering wheel, and gear lever are all wrapped in leather, giving a somewhat premium feel.
Comfort level was good though. The seats hugged our shoulders, back, and bottoms very well throughout our stint with the car. Four obese individuals can easily sit in the Corolla Cross and go for a road trip, but if five people are to fit in, be prepared for some shoulder-rubbing.
Taking centre-stage in front is the 9-inch touch-screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity which is standard across the board. There are not many buttons to fiddle with which is a good thing. Everything you need to control can be done either via the controls on the steering wheel, the TFT multi-info display system, or the central touch screen.
Practicality and convenience
As far as practicality and convenience go, there are adequate number of cubby holes and storage compartments for occupants to store their things, although we feel that rival models like the Honda HR-V come with a more versatile interior. Boot space with the rear seats up stand at 440-litres, which is among the best in class.
Once the 60:40 split-folding seats go down, there is even more space to load larger objects. The powered boot with kick-sensor is a big plus point though, as not many models in this segment has the feature.
Noise, vibration, and harshness (NVH) level was decent, but it is not as good as what you would get in a Mazda. For instance, the engine note could be heard clearly every time we put the accelerator pedal to the floor, but when we drove it calmly, it was much more tolerable.
Ride and handling
Overall, the Toyota Corolla Cross is a very comfortable vehicle to drive and to be in. It gets up to speeds of about 130km/h very smoothly without any signs of struggling (you can hear the engine singing the song of its people though), meaning that there is always enough power both in town and on the highway.
Since it is designed with comfort as the utmost priority, there is noticeable body roll but that doesn’t mean that you cannot have some fun in the Corolla Cross. Despite the suspension travel, the Corolla Cross tolerates corners happily, surprising us along the twisty bits near the Langat dam.
If we are to compare it with its rivals, models like the Subaru XV and the Honda HR-V feel more planted especially when we’re taking corners, but in terms of comfort, the Corolla Cross is certainly one of the best in class.
Room for improvements
To be honest, there is no major flaw with the Toyota Corolla Cross but if we are to nit-pick, it would’ve been better if the interior looked a tad flashier. Besides that, the 60:40 split-folding rear seats don’t actually fold flat into the floor, and the centre console storage compartment could’ve been a bit bigger.
We also hope that features like the wireless mobile device charging dock and rear DVR that are only available as an option for now, would come as standard once the Corolla Cross enters CKD phase so that the SUV will really stand out among the rest. Fingers crossed.
When UMW Toyota Motor launched the CH-R and the RAV4 SUVs, there was only issue with both models – the price. While the CH-R asks for almost RM150,000, the RAV4 is priced around RM200,000 which is significantly more than most of their rivals.
So, those who have been wanting a mid-sized Toyota SUV either paid for what they wanted, or just found something from another brand that is more affordable. However, now with the arrival of the Corolla Cross which is essentially a mini RAV4 and a less radical, more affordable, and more conservative alternative to the C-HR, Toyota has answered the prayers of all of those who have been wishing for a cheaper SUV from the big ‘T’.
After a series of teasers and social media campaigns, UMW Toyota Motor Malaysia has finally launched the first ever Toyota Corolla Cross SUV.
Going against models like the Subaru XV, Mazda CX-30, Honda HR-V and also the Proton X50, the Toyota Corolla Cross is available in two trim variants with prices as mentioned below:
Toyota Corolla Cross 1.8G – RM124,000
Toyota Corolla Cross 1.8V –RM134,000
Dimensions & powertrain
Measuring 4,460 mm in length, 1,825 mm in width, and 1,620 mm in height, with a 2,640-long wheelbase, the Corolla Cross is built on the same TNGA platform as the Toyota Corolla Altis. In fact, it would not be wrong to say that the Corolla Cross is essentially an Altis on stilts with a slightly different rear suspension setup.
The Corolla Cross also shares the same powertrain package as the Corolla Altis, which comprises a 1.8-litre 4-cylinder DOHC Dual VVT-I petrol engine and a 7-speed CVT with Sequential Shiftmatic function, producing 139 PS and 172 Nm of maximum torque.
That being said, let us have a look at all the standard features that come with the Corolla Cross, beginning from the entry level 1.8G variant:
Automatic Halogen headlights
Laminated green windscreen
LED combination rear lamps
LED front and rear fog lamps
Powered back door with kick sensor
Power adjustable auto fold side mirrors
Black leather seats
Smart entry & start system
4.2-inch colour TFT multi info display
Automatic air-conditioning with single-zone climate control
Tilt and telescopic adjustable steering with Audio, MID, Tel, Cruise Control
Front Digital Video Recorder (DVR)
9-inch touch screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, Android Auto
8-way power adjustable driver seat
60:40 split folding rear seats with 6-degree recline angle
Roll-up Tonneau cover
Blind Spot Monitor
Rear Cross Traffic Alert
Tyre Pressure Warning System
VSC, ABS, EBD, BA
7 Airbags, ISOFIX mount
Toyota Premium Security and Solar Film
Vehicle Telematics System (VTS)
What does the Toyota Corolla Cross 1.8V get?
Those who opt for the higher-spec Corolla Cross 1.8V get extra features on top of the ones listed above, such as:
Automatic bi-LED headlamps
LED DRLs with Light Curtain
Acoustic laminated Green windscreen
Additional steering wheel control for Adaptive Cruise Control & Lane Tracing Assist
Illumination system for front door, cupholder, centre tray
Pre-collision system (PCS)
Lane Departure Alert with Steering Assist
Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC)
Lane Tracing Assist (LTA)
Colours, warranty, bla bla…
While boot space stands at 440-litres, the fuel tank capacity is rated at 47-litres. There are also five colours for owners to choose from – Red Mica Metallic, Nebula Blue Metallic, Metalstream Metallic, Platinum White Pearl, and Graphite Metallic.
Last but not least, the Toyota Corolla Cross is offered with a 5-year warranty from the date of first registration with unlimited mileage. For your information, the Toyota Corolla Cross has also earned a 5-star ASEAN NCAP safety rating and EEV status in Malaysia.
Having been around since 2005, the Toyota Aygo is a small city car that is quite popular in Europe. Currently in its second generation, the car was co-developed by Toyota and the PSA Group and was also rebadged and sold as the Citroen C1 and Peugeot 107 in many parts of the world to those looking for a zippy and reliable little city car.
Appealing to a young and style-conscious audience, the Aygo’s lively character and engaging driving dynamics have attracted many new European buyers to Toyota, and in an effort to take things a notch higher, Toyota has given a glimpse at the future of the car through the Aygo X Prologue which was unveiled yesterday.
No technical details yet
No technical details have been disclosed yet as what we’re seeing here is a preview of what are set to succeed the Aygo in Europe in the near future. One thing is certain though – it will look more like an SUV than a car as there is such high demand for SUVs these days.
Designed by Toyota’s European Design Headquarters ED2, the Aygo X Prologue features a very radical design, with significantly larger wheels and higher ground clearance than the current Aygo.
A bold bi-tone execution creates a unique graphic profile that grabs attention in the street by emphasizing the car’s readiness to leap forward into action.
A new wedged roofline also increases the dynamic feeling for a more aggressive sporty image. While at the front, high-tech lamps hug the upper hood to form a wing-like shape. Lower to the ground, the large grille, fog lamps and skid-plate all build on the hexagon theme, showing that this car is ready for some action.
And then we have a rear skid plate which houses a bicycle-holder mount, an action-camera mounted on the door mirror, an integrated roof rack and the hexagon tail lamps inspired by the existing Aygo.
Blue metallic flake
The body colour we see here is taken up yet another notch by the inclusion a fine sprinkling of blue metallic flake into the paint mix. The resulting dazzling effect makes the colour fully deserving of its name of “Sparkling Chilli Red.”
According to Toyota, the Aygo X prologue is a bold illustration of just how much attitude a small car can have. With this prologue, Toyota reimagines how the A-segment could be spiced up.
Unlike previous generation models, the Aygo X will not have any French co-developed sibling models as both Peugeot and Citroen are no longer interested in the European A-segment market.
That being said, watch this space for more updates as the interior, powertrain options, and many other details will surface in the near future as we approach the global unveiling.
After almost a year’s absence due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the motorsports scene in Malaysia is finally back. Avid fans of the scene would have noticed that the Sepang International Circuit was brimming with action last weekend at the track day events that took place.
Track days aside, even bigger racing competitions are all set to make a comeback very soon. For instance, UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd just announced that the first round of this year’s Gazoo Racing Festival will be taking place in Sepang from the 27th to the 28th of March 2021.
Live streamed racing
However, the company said that round 1 of the highly-anticipated Vios Challenge will be held as a closed door event. So, fans who would like to witness the race can only do so via what is being planned as the biggest live streamed racing carnival in Malaysia, which will be aired over two days.
According UMWT, fans and viewers will get an uninterrupted front row seat into the Vios Challenge race weekend which will feature three qualifying sessions, six individual races, pit lane insights, interviews with racers, performance by celebrities, and contests with many attractive prizes.
“It is exciting to be back racing, but as much as we would like to immediately open our doors to race fans for them to be on site, the threat of the pandemic has offered up a new and perhaps an even more promising way of enabling millions of race fans to catch the action on and off the track during the race weekend via live streaming and in the comfort and safety of their homes,” said UMW Toyota Deputy Chairman and Toyota Gazoo Racing Malaysia’s Chief Motorsport Officer Akio Takeyama.
Watch out for the Rookies
One of the main highlights of this year’s Vios Cup will be the Rookie Class, where six new young drivers will be sharing the grid with all the professional racers and celebrity drivers.
Also, for the first time, Gazoo Racing will make its presence felt in the national racing series with the introduction of the Gazoo Racing Vios Sprint Cup which will see two rounds and a total of 4 races being held, and the Gazoo Racing Enduro Cup that will be run in conjunction with the annual Sepang 1000km Endurance Race.
All the action of Round 1 will be broadcasted live on the UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd website and on the Toyota Malaysia and Toyota Gazoo Racing Malaysia Facebook pages.
Toyota has received multiple awards at the 4th ASEAN NCAP Grand Prix Awards which took place last week for a few of its safety technologies. The brand also bagged the ‘Excellent Award’ as it won more 5-Star awards over the past two years than other brands.
To be more specific, the brand received an overall 5-star rating for seven of its vehicle models in 2019 and 2020. Out of the 12 award categories, Toyota actually won in five.
Five out of 12 Awards
While models like the Toyota Corolla Altis, Toyota Hilux, and the Toyota Innova were recipients of the Excellent Awards for Continuous Safety Improvement in their respective segments, the Toyota Majesty/Granvia was recognized with the Best Safety Performance Award for Safety Assist Systems.
The biannual event of the New Car Assessment Programme for Southeast Asian Countries (better known as ASEAN NCAP) is actually aimed at commemorating high achievers in car safety in the ASEAN region.
Due to the ongoing pandemic conditions in the region, the 4th ASEAN NCAP Grand Prix Awards announced on the 16th of February 2021, was conducted online.
“Toyota is committed to continuously improving its vehicle safety technologies and performance, as part of its entire efforts toward road and traffic safety, with focus on three essential elementsvehicle (advancing safety technology), people (educating drivers, passengers and pedestrians towards traffic safety) and traffic environment (supporting safer traffic infrastructure),” said Akio Takeyama, Deputy Chairman of UMW Toyota Motor.
“The awards from ASEAN NCAP confirm the approach of Toyota Synergized Mobility to bring to the forefront the technological leadership of Toyota that will be used to make ever better cars,” said Ravindran K., President of UMW Toyota Motor.
“Today, many of our models sold in Malaysia have Toyota Safety Sense, an Integrated Safety Management Concept where individual safety technologies and systems are designed to collaborate with each other in various vehicle operation stages, from parking to advanced safety, pre-collision safety, collision safety and rescue.”
What is ASEAN NCAP?
ASEAN NCAP is a collaborative effort between the Malaysian Institute of Road Safety Research (MIROS) and Global NCAP. Established in 2011, it marked a new milestone of vehicle safety for the region in response to the United Nations’ Decade of Action for Road Safety.
Over the past 10 years, ASEAN NCAP has focussed on popular models made and sold in the ASEAN region to provide consumers with information on the safety performance of the vehicles. It conducts crash tests at its own facility in Melaka as well as facilities of affiliated safety organisations in Asia.
UMW Toyota Motor Sdn Bhd has officially launched the 2021 Toyota Innova, with prices as mentioned below:
Toyota Innova 2.0X – from RM129,677.00
Toyota Innova 2.0G – from RM121,483.00
Toyota Innova 2.0 E – from RM111,622.00
There are six exterior colour choices – Medium Silver Metallic, Attitude Black Mica, Phantom Brown, Silver Metallic, Super White II and Bronze Mica Metallic (new). For the Innova 2.0X, there is an additional choice of Crimson Spark Red Metallic.
Subtle changes have been made for the 2021 Innova to give a more refined and prestigious look. The grille has a chrome and black theme while the door mirrors have chrome housings for a touch of class. The foglamps and foglamp bezels have also been redesigned and contribute to giving a bolder appearance. An Enhancement Package is included with the Innova 2.0X.
This exclusive package has new design for wheel arch mouldings for protecting the bodywork, new bodyside mouldings and redesigned side skirts that add a sporty touch. At the rear, the garnish on the back door has been restyled to visually widen the vehicle, while the roof spoiler (only for the Innova 2.0X) has been slightly reprofiled for aerodynamic improvements.
The wheels are maintained with the flagship Innova 2.0X having 17-inch alloy wheels finished in a new Dark Grey Metallic colour and fitted with 215/55R17 tyres. For the Innova 2.0G and 2.0E, the alloy wheels have a 16-inch diameter in a refreshed dual-tone finish and are fitted with 205/65R16 tyres.
Both the Innova 2.0X and Innova 2.0G come with high-quality Optitron meters in the instrument panel which provide bright and clear displays in all lighting conditions. Between the meters is a 4.2-inch full colour Multi Information Display (MID) that keeps the driver informed of fuel consumption and range available with the remaining fuel in the tank.
Responding to customer feedback, more charging ports have been added. The front 2 USB ports have been repositioned in the dashboard from the centre console and additional USB ports has been provided for those in the third row of seats. All the ports have Fast Charging capability for compatible smartphones and other portable devices.
Additionally, a wireless charging pad in the centre console is also available as an option for all variants. For 2021, additional features have been added to give the driver greater awareness of the surroundings to improve safety. The first is the Blind Spot Monitor (BSM) with Rear Cross Traffic Alert (RCTA), standard for the Innova 2.0X and 2.0G and optional for the Innova 2.0E.
The systems use sensors on the body and bumpers to detect other vehicles in the blind spot or approaching from either side during reversing out of a parking bay. Also provided as standard for the Innova 2.0X and 2.0G is the Panoramic View Monitor (PVM).
This uses cameras around the bodywork to capture a 360-degree view around the vehicle. The driver can view the surroundings (with selectable views) and spot hazards to avoid. The PVM is especially useful when parking in narrow or tight parking spaces.
All variants are fitted with 7 SRS airbags and every one of the occupants on all three rows has a 3-point auto-retracting seatbelt. All variants also have ABS with Electronic Brakeforce Distribution (EBD) and Brake Assist (BA), as well as Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Hill-start Assist Control (HAC).
The extensive standard safety systems that are provided as entire Innova range has made it possible for the Innova to receive the maximum 5-star ASEAN NCAP rating. Contributing to this is the strong body structure which resists deformation while also dissipating impact energy before it can harm the occupants.
Besides the standard electronic security system, to provide greater peace of mind to owners, UMWT is now installing a Toyota Vehicle Telematics System (VTS) as standard in the Innova 2.0X and 2.0G, optional for the Innova 2.0E.
This system can track the vehicle’s movements using GPS and GSM technology. If the vehicle is stolen, the VTS Command Centre can determine its location and inform relevant authorities to make recovery faster.
The Innova continues to be powered by a 2.0-litre DOHC 16-valve 4-cylinder VVT-i petrol engine with high fuel efficiency and strong midrange torque. With enhanced combustion efficiency, the lightweight engine produces 139 ps at 5,600 rpm and 183 Nm of torque at 4,000 rpm which goes to the rear wheels.
All variants are fitted with a 6-speed Super ECT electronic automatic transmission (Super ECT). As with most of the models offered by UMWT, there is a 5-year warranty with unlimited mileage, subject to terms and conditions.
UMW Toyota Motor has started sales of the new 2021 Toyota Fortuner with styling, performance and safety updates, with the following prices:
Toyota Fortuner 2.8 VRZ 4×4 Auto (Diesel) – RM203,183
Toyota Fortuner 2.7 SRZ 4×4 Auto (Petrol) – RM172,244
The Fortuner 2.8 VRZ 4×4 A/T is a new variant which replaces the Fortuner 2.4 VRZ offered previously. A new body colour – Bronze Mica Metallic – with a Black Roof is also available exclusively for this new variant which is the flagship of the range.
The black roof is also available with the Super White II exterior colour only for this variant. The SUV range gains a more dynamic frontal appearance with the new Fortuner 2.8 VRZ having Quad LED headlamps that flank a mesh-type front grille.
The other lighting units have also been restyled while the front and rear bumpers have a new design. The Skid Plate below the front end is also new, emphasizing the ruggedness of the Fortuner. Giving the Fortuner 2.8 VRZ additional distinctiveness, the roof, A-pillars, wing mirrors and roof-mounted rear spoiler are all finished in black.
Additionally, the corner mouldings are specially shaped for aerodynamic benefits. Though a rugged SUV, it still has looks which are eye-catching in an urban environment. Both the 2.8 VRZ and 2.7 SRZ variants are fitted with 18-inch alloy wheels that have a new design as well.
Inside, the Fortuner 2.8 VRZ has a trim with a new design and colour, while the seat upholstery also has a new design.
The new instrument panel features a revised Multi Information Display (MID) opening animation. Ambient illumination is provided to add a touch of class at night, while the key cover has been redesigned.
For added comfort and convenience, the new Fortuner 2.8 VRZ and 2.7 SRZ have been fitted with LED Interior Lamps, an electro chromic Rear-view Mirror (to eliminate dazzle) and the driver and front passenger can now easily adjust the seat with 8-way powered controls. USB charging ports are also available for powering or recharging personal electronic devices.
Flexible seating arrangements provide maximum seating capacity when needed. All three rows are available to accommodate seven adults in comfort. Alternatively, the second and third rows can be folded to provide a longer floor length and more cargo volume.
The proven Toyota powertrains are maintained with the availability of the new 1GD-FTV 4-cylinder common-rail diesel engine. This features a heavy-duty variable nozzle turbocharger and Intercooler. The 2.8-litre engine produces maximum power of 204 PS at 3,000-3,400 rpm and 500 Nm of torque from 1,600 rpm to 2,800 rpm.
A balance shaft reduces vibrations and lowers noise levels while high efficiency is achieved with the electronically-controlled common rail injection system that can deliver fuel at a maximum pressure of up to 250 MPa.
The Fortuner also comes with Variable Flow Control (VFC) Power Steering, which helps to improve fuel economy by reducing the power steering pump consumption torque. Toyota’s engineers have enhanced the steering feeling to achieve natural handling that matches the speed.
For the Fortuner 2.8 VRZ, there is also a SPORT mode which enhances the power steering for responsiveness.
The part-time 4×4 drivetrain provides for maximum capability on all surfaces, from smooth highway to muddy jungle tracks. With the shift on-the-fly capability, the driver does not have to stop the vehicle to engage 4×4, which can be selected by simply turning a rotary knob.
For stability enhancement, the drivetrain has Active Traction Control (A-TRC). New for 2021 in the Fortuner 2.8 VRZ and 2.7 SRZ is an Auto Limited Slip Differential (LSD).
Now, in line with Toyota’s efforts to reduce road accidents, the latest model also comes with Toyota Safety Sense (TSS). This is an integrated suite of active safety systems which make use of a camera and radar to monitor and detect other vehicles, and to take appropriate action to prevent an accident.
TSS, though available in many Toyota models today, has different elements and for the latest Fortuner, it comes with Pre collision System (PCS), Lane Departure Alert (LDA) and Dynamic Radar Cruise Control (DRCC) and Yaw Assist Function.
Unlike the TSS in passenger vehicles, the system in the Fortuner (as well as Hilux) has a Yaw Assist Function. This activates when lane departure is detected, and additional braking force applied to the inner wheels to direct the vehicle back into the proper lane position. The systems are also calibrated taking into account the usage conditions.
Options & warranty
At the time of purchases, customers can also include options such as Wireless Charger (new), Kick Sensor Powered Rear Door (new), Roof-mounted Monitor and Rear Digital Video Recorder. As with most of the models offered by UMW Toyota Motor, the new Fortuner range comes with a 5- year/unlimited mileage warranty, subject to conditions stated in the Owner’s Handbook.
This will be welcome by owners who clock high mileage each year as they can enjoy peace of mind for the full 5- year period. Besides, customers will also be able to enjoy longer oil change intervals for the turbodiesel engine with a Revised Service Package.
The interval is extended to 10,000 kms or 6 months (whichever comes first), from the previous requirement of 5,000 kms/3 months.