The Toyota Yaris Cross (Japanese: トヨタ・ヤリスクロス, Toyota Yarisu Kurosu) is a subcompact crossover SUV produced by the Japanese automaker Toyota, using the Yaris nameplate primarily for the Japanese, European, and Australian markets.
In Europe, the Yaris (a hatchback) is an entirely different story, and it got even more so after in early 2020 Toyota presented a new version of the model, this time tweaked by Gazoo Racing (GR), just like the Supra.
Later in the spring of 2020, Toyota threw another Yaris-badged vehicle into the mix, the Cross. It too is meant solely for the European market (it will likely not make it stateside), this time targeting the small SUV segment that is growing rapidly there.
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1Exterior design & features
The Cross is 240 mm longer than its hatchback sibling for a total of 4,180 mm (60 mm added to the front overhang and 180 mm to the rear), is 1,765 mm wide (+20 mm) and 1,560 mm high (+90 mm). The car rides much higher than its sibling, by 30 mm.
Designed to be robust and minimalistic, the appearance of the Cross is inspired by the hatch, of course, but it is not at all the same. The front end looks a lot more tamed compared to its sibling, with the much smaller grille and smoother look of the bumper and hood making it appear more user-friendly.
The side look is pure crossover, with the special wheels surrounded by special cladding (also found at the front and rear). High up above the four doors (the GR has only two) there’s a black roof that contrasts the specially-created paint called Brass Gold.
The part of the Cross that looks more like the smaller Yaris is the rear, where the same sculpted and bulging lines (modified to suit the new dimensions) can be seen.
The Yaris Cross comes with a power back door and adjustable deck height. The deck can also be split into two, meaning it can be used to benefit either from an underfloor compartment or increased trunk space.
There is no official word on the materials used for interior surfaces at the time of this writing, but we are likely to see the same ones as on the regular Yaris.
The HVAC controls, located right under the center touchscreen (which will likely be at least Android Auto-compatible), still makes use of knobs, but the cockpit is otherwise digitized.
Just like the regular Yaris, the Cross makes use of a hybrid 1.5-liter three-cylinder gasoline engine that combined has been rated at 116 hp.
The Cross is offered both as a front-wheel-drive and a all-wheel-drive. Fuel consumption rating for the Cross in the former configuration has been measured at 120 g/km under WLTP, while for the latter the figure is 135g/km.
The Yaris Cross is packed with the whole range of safety and driver assistance systems Toyota is regularly using, packed in a suite the carmaker calls Safety Sense. It allows to driver to be in the loop with all that’s going on around the car through early warnings, and gives them a helping hand when need be from automatic braking and steering intervention.
Toyota is already a major player on the continent, and has SUVs in most of the available classes. The Yaris Cross allows it to enter the B-segment, and there’s no mistaking the plans the carmaker has for the model: 150,000 of them are planned to be produced each year, accounting for 8 percent of the market.
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It's funny how fashions change. In 2012, Toyota discontinued its last small SUV, the Urban Cruiser, after three years of sluggish sales (although the fact its name made it sound like the kind of person who engages in dubious night-time activities probably didn't help its popularity). However, fast forward to today and cars of this sort are in huge demand, which is why the Japanese brand is preparing to launch a successor: the Toyota Yaris Cross.
As its name suggests, it's closely related to the fourth-generation Yaris hatchback, which went on sale this autumn. But just as you wouldn’t mistake the rival Nissan Juke for a Micra, despite the two models having plenty in common mechanically, the Yaris Cross gets its own distinct look.
Other small SUVs that it will have to beat include the Peugeot 2008, Renault Captur and Volkswagen T-Cross, plus our 2020 Car of the Year, the Ford Puma.
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Toyota has become synonymous with hybrid power in recent years, and the Yaris Cross continues its march in that direction, with the only engine option a 1.5-litre petrol that works in conjunction with an electric motor to produce a combined 114bhp.
It’s the same setup that you get in the latest Yaris hatchback. And the good news is it impresses in that car, switching between petrol and electric power almost imperceptibly. Refinement is further enhanced by a new CVT automatic gearbox, which is much less inclined to send the engine revs soaring than other CVTs.
Despite their rugged looks, most small SUVs aren’t actually available with four-wheel drive, but the Yaris Cross is an exception, with that version still emitting less than 135g/km of CO2 in official WLTP tests. Front-wheel-drive versions, meanwhile, emit less than 120g/km.
2021 Toyota Yaris Cross interior
As with the exterior, the Yaris Cross gets its own interior design, although this isn't quite so distinct; the centre console is deeper than the Yaris hatchback's and it features more gloss black plastic, but details like the air vents and the metallic strip running across the upper dashboard are carried over.
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The touchscreen infotainment system also appears to be the same, which would mean sluggish responses and dated graphics, although you do get handy shortcut buttons, and you can bypass Toyota's own software thanks to the presence of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto smartphone mirroring.
We're yet to sit in the Yaris Cross, so can't comment on passenger space. However, the boot features useful touches such as a height-adjustable floor and straps for holding smaller items of luggage in place. You can also have a powered tailgate that opens automatically when you aim a kick beneath the rear bumper – useful when you've got your hands full of shopping.
Yaris Crossover Interior
The Yaris Cross sits beneath the C-HR in Toyota's SUV range, and with that model costing from £26,250, a starting price in the low 20s seems likely. This would also keep the Yaris Cross competitive with the award-winning Puma, which costs from £22,0305
The Yaris Cross is one of 14 cars in contention for the 2021 What Car? Reader Award, which will go to the upcoming model that people are most excited about. You can cast your vote here.
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