This is the manufacturer new Toyota Yaris Cross, a little SUV that will give the Japanese manufacturer a correct rival for the likes of the Nissan Juke, Renault Captur, Peugeot 2008 and Skoda Kamiq when it comes in the British isles in 2021.

It will be created at Toyota’s French production facility in Valenciennes, and in large portions way too: close to 150,000 a yr in accordance to Toyota’s very own estimations, which would give the manufacturer a sizeable market place share in the European B-SUV market place, if it had been to promote every just one. 

The Yaris Cross is the firm’s next design in Europe to be primarily based on the smallest version of Toyota’s New Global Architecture (TNGA) system. This is a popular established of chassis pieces that underpin anything from the Yaris and Corolla to the RAV4 and American saloons. Importantly, it implies that the Yaris Cross will provide hybrid powertrain technological innovation to the little SUV market place from its start, due to the fact TNGA is engineered for electrification right from the off.

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Exposed these days by way of an online presentation, the Yaris Cross is obviously developed to complement the current little SUV in Toyota’s line-up, the C-HR. That model-centered design sits someplace involving what’s recognized as the B-section – superminis – and the C-section for family members automobiles. As such, Toyota hasn’t essential to power the Yaris Cross into remaining a ‘small family members car’ like Skoda has accomplished with the Kamiq, and as Renault has attempted to realize with the latest Captur.

When the newcomer’s name implies that it is a member of the Yaris family members, it sits apart from its Ford Fiesta-rivalling sibling with a search of its very own, motivated by some of the larger sized SUVs in Toyota’s line-up, notably the RAV4.

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“Clearly, we want the motor vehicle to be right away perceived as a SUV, so we emphasised a greater floor clearance, a strong horizontal axis offering a terrific harmony and poise, large squared wheel arches and of course large wheels,” clarifies Lance Scott, style manager at Toyota’s European Design Progress studio. 

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“The face was also a very crucial factor for us. We required to keep the strong DNA of Toyota’s SUV line-up but at the same time give Yaris Cross an identity of its very own.”

The grille and headlights are various to the ones of Toyota’s supermini, even though the surfacing down the sides is provided a rugged twist with big, tricky wanting wheel arches and a new C-pillar. All-around the back again it gets a new rear fascia, way too, even though the hatch lid is electricity operated on some designs. Toyota has not confirmed a boot sizing just but, but it will practically certainly be a far more sensible motor vehicle than the Yaris, even though options such as an adjustable boot flooring, underfloor storage and Toyota’s Belt Flex system for securing merchandise are all readily available. 

The Yaris Cross steps only 6mm shorter than a Ford Puma but its wheelbase is a far more considerable 28mm shorter. When compared to the Nissan Juke, it is 45mm extended all round with a 30mm extended wheelbase. The Cross shares its wheelbase with the Yaris supermini, but it is 240mm extended all round and 90mm taller. With 30mm of excess floor clearance, we would assume there to be a excellent amount of excess headroom inside.

When the style is a departure from the Yaris hatchback, the powertrain utilized by the Yaris Cross is the specific same. It’s a hybrid system producing use of a 1.5-litre, 3-cylinder petrol motor creating some travel electricity but also charging the battery feeding the car’s electric powered motor. In the Yaris, this motor is fed by a new lithium-ion battery, which is lighter than the aged nickel hydride models utilized in the earlier era Yaris Hybrid. Generate is sent to the wheels by way of a CVT transmission, and full system electricity stands at 114bhp. 

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Toyota promises strong gasoline overall economy and very low emissions for the new powertrain, but so far has only revealed provisional CO2 figures. Less than WLTP, assume a figure beneath 120g/km for entrance-wheel-travel versions of the Yaris Cross, with the all-wheel-travel versions outfitted with Toyota’s AWD-i system beneath 135g/km. Four-wheel-travel versions arrive with no practicality penalty, and it gains far more complex double-wishbone suspension at the rear, way too, in comparison with the entrance-wheel-travel car’s torsion beam setup.

No other motor information have been confirmed, but the new Yaris will eventually be readily available with typical petrol drivetrains with handbook gearboxes, and we’d assume the Yaris Cross to observe go well with. In particular European marketplaces a non-hybrid, 1.5-litre petrol motor will get there, but we do not but know if the British isles is just one of those people marketplaces. 

When the exterior style is a departure from what the new Yaris has set up, the Yaris Cross shares its inside panel for panel with the supermini, right down to the doorway moulds. A new steering wheel, new instrumentation, and a big central touchscreen are the focal points, even though beneath the switchgear there’s a large storage space. However the motor vehicle is 200mm shorter than the C-HR, Toyota promises that there’s far more space in the lesser Yaris Cross, mainly many thanks to packaging gains over its larger sized, far more rakish sibling. 

Comprehensive specifications and specialized information will be readily available closer to the car’s market place start in Europe, in early 2021. 

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