Toyota Yaris Cross Hybrid spotted in Japan; to launch in September [Update]

YouTube channel room My hobby has put up a walkaround video detailing the aspects of the Toyota Yaris Cross exterior and Toyota Yaris Cross interior. The unit seen in the video is in the mid-range G grade. The reviewer is particularly impressed by the solid exterior and the cleverly designed boot. He says that all generations of Japanese customers will like the exterior design. The quality of materials inside the cabin is said to be sub-par but an acceptable trade-off considering the equipment level. The front seat comes with a manually-adjustable memory function, and the reviewer is impressed with the rear seat armrest function and the seat cushioning.

The reviewer says that the luggage management is well thought-out and the luggage board can be moved to reveal a hidden compartment in the boot. The seat is split in a 40:20:40 ratio, and so the cabin can accommodate skiing equipment. The hybrid variants also come with a hands-free powered rear door.

July 23, 2020

Toyota has revealed that it will launch the Yaris Cross in its first market, Japan, in September. The company will offer it in three grades: X, G and Z. 18-inch alloy wheels, 7-inch TFT MID, LED headlamps, LED rear combination lamps, 6-way electrically adjustable driver seat, driver and front passenger seat heating, etc. are some of the key features of the new small SUV.

Toyota will sell the Yaris Cross in Japan in both petrol and Hybrid variants. Take a look at the main specifications:

SpecificationToyota Yaris Cross PetrolToyota Yaris Cross Hybrid
Length/Width/Height4,180 mm/1,765 mm/1,590 mm4,180 mm/1,765 mm/1,590 mm
Ground Clearance170 mm170 mm
Engine Displacement1,490 cc1,490 cc
Engine TypeIn-line three-cylinderIn-line three-cylinder
Engine Max. Power120 PS at 6,600 rpm91 PS at 5,500 rpm
Engine Max. Torque145 Nm at 4,800-5,200 rpm120 Nm at 3,800-4,800 rpm
Hybrid System Max. Power116 PS
Drivetrain LayoutFWD/AWDFWD/e-AWD

Toyota’s new recreational SUV was recently spotted in its launch market of Japan without camouflage or covers by Twitter user hara_ja22 in the new ‘Brass Gold’ colour. The chunky compact crossover, which Toyota says is tailored to suit urban roads, will first be launched in Japan followed by Europe in mid-2021.

Built on the GA-B platform (TNGA architecture for compact cars), the Yaris Cross adopts the new hybrid system (Toyota Hybrid System II) featuring the 1.5-liter Dynamic Force three-cylinder petrol engine with a maximum system output of 116 hp.

Higher ride height & all-wheel-drive capability over the Yaris hatchback

The Yaris Cross measures 4,180 mm in length, 1,765 mm in width and 1,560 mm in height with a wheelbase of 2,560 mm. In Toyota’s global line-up, the Yaris Cross will sit below the C-HR and will also be offered in all-wheel-drive option. In emissions efficiency, the front-wheel drive model starts from under 90 g/km CO2 and the AWD version from under 100 g/km CO2.

The Yaris Cross arrives just after the all-new Yaris hatchback that Toyota unveiled in October 2019 as demand for high riding vehicles remains strong. The Yaris hatch too gets a hybrid system that makes it the car with the highest fuel efficiency in its class, meant for customers that don’t need the extra (30 mm) ground clearance or all wheel drive capability. Yaris has been Toyota’s flagship model for its compact car range and over 8.71 million units of the car have been sold since it was first debuted in 1999. The Yaris Cross will be manufactured at the Toyota Motor East Japan Co., Ltd. for Japan and at Toyota Motor Manufacturing France for the European market.

Toyota has specified certain features of the car in its first press release, stating that customers desire style and practicality in equal measure in the European B-Segment. Its powered back door will be useful when doing the groceries, and so would the adjustable deck height to configure the trunk space based on the load. The trunk comes with a new flex belt system to secure articles and stop them moving when driving. The rear seat is a 40:20:40 foldable type, while the car can be configured with 18-inch wheels.

Toyota has no plans launch the Yaris Cross or any of the smaller global Toyota products in India as it is developing a new sub-4-metre SUV (and other products) on the Maruti Suzuki Heartect platform. The SUV, which could be marketed as the Toyota Urban Cruiser, is reported to come out in late-2020 sporting the mild-hybrid system.