New Toyota Yaris Cross SUV launched

New hybrid four-wheel-drive Toyota Yaris Cross is the firm’s smallest SUV

  • New SUV is underpinned by the same platform as the new Yaris
  • Features a hybrid powertrain with both front- and four-wheel-drive models
  • Set to arrive in Europe in 2021

The all-new Toyota Yaris Cross SUV has been revealed. The new car shares Toyota’s New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform with the latest Yaris hatchback and features a hybrid powertrain with four-wheel drive. The new car will arrive in showrooms in 2021 with pricing to be confirmed.

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When it goes on sale, the Yaris Cross will slot into Toyota’s SUV line-up beneath the C-HR and will rival the Nissan Juke, Skoda Kamiq, Renault Captur and Ford Puma.

Toyota Yaris Cross styling and design

The Yaris Cross borrows design cues from the Toyota RAV4. The front of the car features a flat-front design with swept-back headlights and two large air intakes. The sides of the car feature black plastic body cladding and squared-off wheel arches. At the back, the rear end features a sharply angled C-pillar, with wrap around tail lights that merge across the rear hatch.

Overall the car sits 30mm higher than the Yaris hatchback, and features the same wheelbase (the distance between the front and rear wheels) but is 240mm longer. The roofline has also been raised by 90mm, meaning it offers more interior and luggage space than the Yaris hatchback.

Interior and practicality

The interior of the Yaris Cross has been lifted wholesale from the latest Yaris hatchback, with a large dashboard-mounted infotainment touchscreen featuring both Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. A traditional analogue dial setup also features, along with a digital head-up display.

While full interior specifications have yet to be confirmed, the firm’s smallest SUV will boast a number of practical features including split folding rear seats, an adjustable boot floor, underfloor storage and Toyota’s Belt Flex load securing system in the boot.

Engines, performance and economy

At launch, the Yaris Cross will only be available as a hybrid, with a three-cylinder 1.5-litre petrol engine and electric motor setup producing 114bhp. Both front- and four-wheel-drive versions will be available, with the firm claiming the front-wheel-drive model emits under 120g/km, with the four-wheel-drive version emitting under 135g/km of CO2. All hybrid models will be available with a CVT gearbox.

Toyota has not confirmed details of any other engine options but has previously revealed that the Yaris hatchback will be available with a non-hybrid 1.5-litre petrol engine and a manual gearbox in certain European countries, meaning the Yaris Cross could also get this powertrain in the future.

What it means for car buyers

The popularity of small SUVs continues to grow in the UK but despite the introduction of a number of excellent conventional petrol models, such as the Skoda Kamiq, Ford Puma and Renault Captur, consumers currently don’t have a great deal of choice when it comes to low-emission hybrid versions. As buyer demand for greener cars increases, the introduction of the Yaris Cross, along with hybrid versions of the Captur, Panda and Puma, means that buyers who have previously been put off by the high price of larger low-emission SUVs have an excellent range of less expensive options to choose from.

If you want to know more about the best hybrid SUVs to buy in 2020, read our top ten picks here.

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