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Crossovers in Malaysia: Hottest Cars That Reached The Last Post!

  • Feb 24, 2016
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Kuala Lumpur: When we look back two or three years, we notice drastic sales figures of SUV's and Crossovers in the market. These bigger cars were earlier considered as a taboo because of their very high price tags or were neglected because of their lower pragmatism and fuel economies. But, as soon as the carmakers came around the world with the concept of this newer kind of SUV, a mini-SUV – Crossover!. These compact-SUV's revolutionised the markets and changed the entire automotive scene. The same saga of crossover success was seen in Malaysia as well. The experiment became an instant hit the Malaysian markets because these vehicles were highly practical with SUV feeling, good fuel economy and lower price tags.


This change gravitated automakers from all walks of success to enter the Crossover market scene. Nearly every carmaker has a mini crossover model to their arsenal, take it from Mercedes-Benz GLC Malaysia to Renault Captur Malaysia. The carmakers became optimistic with the Malaysian response and as a result, many crossover vehicles hit the shores of Malaysia in the recent years.


Thus, considering this high-octane percussion in the crossover segment at the moment, we refined out the three most recently known and very much loved crossovers that received the maximum number of onlookers and queries at our web portal.


1. Mazda CX-3 – The Japanese Masterpiece!


CX3 Front


This crossover from the Japanese house of innovation kept us on our toes before it's much-anticipated launch in Malaysia. CarBay was bombarded with heavy traffic and queries as the articles regarding the car started appearing on the website. According to CIMB Research, the CX-3 is already a hit in Malaysia because of the increasing popularity of mini SUVs. Mazda CX-3 proved it's worth being an ultimate compact crossover SUV. The initial reviews suggested that Mazda CX-3 in Malaysia is an ideal driving vehicle that can be enjoyed cruising around town and for the great outdoor escapades. It can be surmised as a uniquely crafted crossover tailored for the fun ride mounting along with a positive attitude on its steering wheel.


About the Crossover!


Mazda CX-3 holds beneath its bonnet a 2.0-Litre 4 cylinder DOHC power mill that gulps down a concentrated dose of petrol to churn out a maximum power 146 hp at 6000 rpm and a peak torque of 197 Nm at 2800 rpm. The car is mated with a sport-tuned suspension and Mazda SKYACTIV creative weight-saving measures that show the legacy of Mazda’s brand of driving pleasure. The cabin of the car is diligently designed to meet family needs featuring high-quality materials and next-gen driving aids. CX-3 will be mostly loved among the corporate class because of its affluent styling, it might not be the first choice for families.



2. Renault Captur – The French Connection with Malaysia!


Captur Side Profile


The French also decided to take a bite in the blooming Malaysia crossover market, and as a result, they present their European hit in Malaysia under the moniker Renault Captur. Renault is known to hold an unprecedented presence of Captur in the European markets and according to automotive market research firm Jato Dynamics, Renault Captur has been a major success for the company and accounted for nearly 19% of the French automaker’s sales in Europe last year. Renault Captur appeared in the top 10 best-selling models in Europe for December 2014. This also justifies our claim that how strong the market for small crossovers has become. However, Captur failed the charm slightly because of its relatively high price and mostly targeted the youth for a vehicle to drive around the city.


About the Crossover!


Renault Captur is animated to life by its 1.2 litres TCe 120 turbocharged powerhouse that whisks out a maximum horsepower of 120 hp along with a maximum torque of 190 Nm at 2000 rpm. The car is a treat to watch on the roads owing to its sporty appeal elegantly injected by its maker. The Captur looks stunning at all angles and symbolises the true crossover owing its concept SUV pillars, with the roof and door housing painted in different colours. The side profile of the car gets enhanced through the 17-inch diamond cut alloys along with a chrome circled plastic claddings. The winning edge with the Renault Captur in the Malaysian market is its highly fuel efficient engine which is also sufficiently powered.


3. Honda HR-V – The Numero Uno CUV!


HRV Side Profile


Here comes the most loved and most sold crossover on the Malaysian soil. The numero uno challenger from the ingenious box of Honda. HR-V is currently one of the best-selling vehicles from Honda Malaysia and the car is truly spoiling the party preceded by Renault Captur and Mazda CX-3. Our web portal frequently surges with a plethora of views and queries regarding the HR-V. To prove the facts, the Honda HR-V recorded over 18 thousand bookings nationwide, sharing 17% of Honda's 41 % growth in the first half of 2015. It undoubtedly proved it's worth surprising even Honda Malaysia as bookings continued to climb surpassing Honda’s initial conservative figures. Honda's HR-V can be surmised as another dimension power and performance and space in the compact SUV segment. The carmaker designed it meticulously to offer a very roomy cabin to fit a family of five with a huge boot. Also, the cabin of HR-V is loaded with comfortable and lucratively designed elements that take its worth further.


About the Crossover!


The magic soup behind the Honda HR-V's success is its 1.8-litre 4 cylinders SOHC-iVTEC engine beneath the bonnet that whisks out 140 hp at 6500 rpm and 172 Nm at 4300 rpm. The car is a mega hit among the small families of Malaysia owing to its roomy cabins and multitasking practicality. Honda Malaysia has come to falsify every reason to dislike the car and be positive on every note about the prospects of HR-V in Malaysia.



Thus, these three hotshots are all primed up to reach their owners in Malaysia. Every one of them has it's own appeal towards the buyers and they are all ultimate cars that have already reached their last post in popularity.

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