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

It will be crafted at Toyota’s French production facility in Valenciennes, and in large quantities much too: close to a hundred and fifty,000 a calendar year according to Toyota’s own estimations, which would give the brand a sizeable market share in the European B-SUV market, if it had been to offer each individual just one. 

The Yaris Cross is the firm’s 2nd model in Europe to be dependent on the smallest variation of Toyota’s New World wide Architecture (TNGA) system. This is a widespread established of chassis areas that underpin everything from the Yaris and Corolla to the RAV4 and American saloons. Importantly, it indicates that the Yaris Cross will provide hybrid powertrain know-how to the small SUV market from its start, because TNGA is engineered for electrification proper from the off.

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Discovered currently by way of an on-line presentation, the Yaris Cross is obviously created to complement the current small SUV in Toyota’s line-up, the C-HR. That fashion-targeted model sits somewhere concerning what’s acknowledged as the B-section – superminis – and the C-section for loved ones cars and trucks. As these, Toyota has not desired to power the Yaris Cross into currently being a ‘small loved ones car’ like Skoda has done with the Kamiq, and as Renault has tried to realize with the most current Captur.

Whilst the newcomer’s title suggests that it is a member of the Yaris loved ones, it sits apart from its Ford Fiesta-rivalling sibling with a seem of its own, motivated by some of the greater SUVs in Toyota’s line-up, specially the RAV4.

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“Clearly, we want the motor vehicle to be immediately perceived as a SUV, so we emphasised a higher floor clearance, a powerful horizontal axis giving a fantastic stability and poise, large squared wheel arches and of system large wheels,” describes Lance Scott, style manager at Toyota’s European Design Progress studio. 

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“The confront was also a really significant aspect for us. We wished to continue to keep the powerful DNA of Toyota’s SUV line-up but at the very same time give Yaris Cross an identity of its own.”

The grille and headlights are distinctive to the types of Toyota’s supermini, whilst the surfacing down the sides is offered a rugged twist with huge, hard seeking wheel arches and a new C-pillar. All around the again it receives a new rear fascia, much too, whilst the hatch lid is electric power operated on some versions. Toyota has not verified a boot dimension just nonetheless, but it will nearly surely be a much more useful motor vehicle than the Yaris, whilst characteristics these as an adjustable boot flooring, underfloor storage and Toyota’s Belt Flex program for securing things are all offered. 

The Yaris Cross measures only 6mm shorter than a Ford Puma but its wheelbase is a much more significant 28mm shorter. When compared to the Nissan Juke, it’s 45mm lengthier in general with a 30mm lengthier wheelbase. The Cross shares its wheelbase with the Yaris supermini, but it’s 240mm lengthier in general and 90mm taller. With 30mm of additional floor clearance, we would count on there to be a fantastic volume of additional headroom within.

Whilst the style is a departure from the Yaris hatchback, the powertrain applied by the Yaris Cross is the specific very same. It’s a hybrid program creating use of a one.5-litre, a few-cylinder petrol engine creating some push electric power but also charging the battery feeding the car’s electrical motor. In the Yaris, this motor is fed by a new lithium-ion battery, which is lighter than the outdated nickel hydride models applied in the earlier technology Yaris Hybrid. Generate is despatched to the wheels by way of a CVT transmission, and full program electric power stands at 114bhp. 

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Toyota statements powerful fuel overall economy and minimal emissions for the new powertrain, but so considerably has only discovered provisional CO2 figures. Underneath WLTP, count on a determine beneath 120g/km for front-wheel-push variations of the Yaris Cross, with the all-wheel-push variations equipped with Toyota’s AWD-i program beneath 135g/km. 4-wheel-push variations come with no practicality penalty, and it gains much more advanced double-wishbone suspension at the rear, much too, in contrast with the front-wheel-push car’s torsion beam set up.

No other engine information have been verified, but the new Yaris will finally be offered with standard petrol drivetrains with handbook gearboxes, and we’d count on the Yaris Cross to abide by go well with. In certain European marketplaces a non-hybrid, one.5-litre petrol engine will arrive, but we never nonetheless know if the British isles is just one of those marketplaces. 

Whilst the exterior style is a departure from what the new Yaris has recognized, the Yaris Cross shares its inside panel for panel with the supermini, proper down to the door moulds. A new steering wheel, new instrumentation, and a huge central touchscreen are the focal points, whilst beneath the switchgear there’s a large storage place. Nevertheless the motor vehicle is 200mm shorter than the C-HR, Toyota statements that there’s much more place in the lesser Yaris Cross, generally thanks to packaging gains over its greater, much more rakish sibling. 

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Complete technical specs and technological information will be offered closer to the car’s market start in Europe, in early 2021.

Rivals: what the new Yaris Cross has to conquer

Renault Captur

Selling price from: £17,995

The 2nd technology of Renault’s small SUV has borrowed seriously from the most current Clio, and that is a fantastic factor. The Captur’s cabin is now proper up there with the most effective in class, and the boot is useful plenty of to rival lots of loved ones hatchbacks, allow on your own lesser SUV rivals.

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The Renault’s star turn could very well be plug-in electrification. The E-Tech variation is a appropriate PHEV, with a large plenty of battery to manage journeys of up to thirty miles on energy on your own.

Ford Puma

Selling price from: £20,710

Hybrid badging on Ford’s fantastic small SUV reveals how muddied the waters are now starting to be in this space. Not like the Yaris and Captur, Ford’s offering is a gentle hybrid – in effect, with a belt-pushed starter-generator that harnesses braking energy and then utilizes it to support acceleration and conserve fuel.

Nevertheless, the Puma manages some sound overall economy figures – with up to 50mpg feasible in the actual planet – and it’s probably the most effective-driving of all the small SUVs.

Peugeot e-2008

Selling price from: £31,665

Most recent variation of Peugeot’s small SUV has possibly the widest alternative of powertrains of all – with clients currently being made available petrol electric power, diesel
electric power and even the possibility of a thoroughly electrical edition.

The e-2008 has a 50kWh battery that provides a assortment of close to 190 miles. A intelligent system format indicates there’s no fewer place than in the e-2008’s conventionally run siblings, but its cost places it proper at the leading of the small SUV market on selling price.

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