The all new Toyota Yaris Cross Compact SUV has been revealed through an online media conference, the first revealing was expected in Geneva Motor Show which was cancelled due to COVID-19.
Yaris Cross has been designed and developed for Europe and is an authentic SUV, with a raised ride height, higher driving position and the option of an intelligent all-wheel drive system. It is built on Toyota’s new GA-B compact car platform, which is also being used for the new Yaris hatchback, due for launch in summer 2020. This ensures a high level of body rigidity and a well-balanced chassis, making the car responsive and agile to drive.
The Yaris is powered by a new 1.5-litre, three-cylinder Atkinson cycle petrol engine, developed directly from the larger 2.0- and 2.5-litre powertrains used in the latest Corolla, C-HR, RAV4 and Camry. It offers a remarkable thermal efficiency of 40% and new fourth generation self-charging hybrid electric system. This has a maximum output of 114bhp, the result of which is responsive performance with high torque at low engine speeds and excellent fuel efficiency. The WLTP emissions data suggests that the front-wheel drive model will start from below 120g/km of CO2 and the AWD-i version from below 135g/km.
As part of the next-generation Yaris family (as above, between GR Yaris and Yaris hatchback), the Yaris Cross shares the model’s new GA-B compact platform which ensures a high level of body rigidity and a well-balanced chassis, making the car responsive and agile.
Yaris Cross is also a genuine SUV with a raised ride height, larger wheel and tyre combination, and the availability of intelligent all-wheel drive to reinforce its credentials. It offer 2,560mm wheelbase as the hatchback, but is 240mm longer overall and more interior space. The ground clearance is 30mm higher and the vehicle is taller and wider overall aswell.
Inside the Yaris it has been offered with features such as Apple CarPlay- and Android Auto-equipped infotainment touchscreen mounted high on the dashboard. On the front of the driver is a semi-digital instrument cluster seemingly borrowed from high-spec versions of Corolla hatch, while lower down in the interior there’s multi-zone climate control and an electric parking brake.
With the Yaris Cross, Toyota has produced an authentic SUV on a smaller scale, giving customers the higher driving position, practicality and interior spaciousness, they desire in a car with compact dimensions that make it well-suited to urban driving.