Toyota Yaris Cross updated for 2024 – new tech, trim and hybrid option
New interior tech and a more powerful hybrid powertrain provide the Yaris Cross with some useful upgrades
- New digital driver and infotainment displays
- Upgraded hybrid powertrain joins the range
- UK pricing to be announced soon
The Toyota Yaris Cross is one of the UK’s best-selling crossovers, and the Japanese brand has decided that the time is now to treat it to some midlife upgrades. Following in the footsteps of the recently updated Aygo X and Yaris hatchback, the Yaris Cross has received its latest interior tech, new safety systems and an additional hybrid powertrain with more power.
We saw the new full-hybrid powertrain in the Yaris hatchback earlier this year. It utilises the same 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine and electric motor combination that is found across all Yaris Cross models, now boosted to a total output of 130bhp, a 16bhp increase over the standard powertrain. This more powerful engine option brings marginal acceleration gains, but we doubt a 0-62mph time of 10.7 seconds will be winning you any traffic light drag races.
All Yaris Cross models are self-charging hybrids, but the new powertrain is only available in the top GR Sport and Premier Edition trim levels, the latter being a new addition to the range. As well as the new engine, the Premier Edition brings 18-inch alloy wheels, green ‘Urban Khaki’ paint and green interior details to match. If green isn’t for you, Toyota now offers a new paint colour, ‘Juniper Blue’, across the range.
All Yaris Cross models benefit from an updated infotainment system, with a more responsive touchscreen and voice-activated assistant. A 12.3-inch driver’s display can be found on Excel, GR Sport and Premier Edition models, whereas the cheaper Icon and Design trim levels make do with a seven-inch display. Infotainment is handled by a new central 10.5-inch touchscreen (nine-inch on the cheapest Icon trim level), the system featuring both wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, along with navigation and support for over-the-air updates. You can even use your smartphone as a digital key through the MyToyota app.
The latest safety features added to the Yaris hatchback earlier this year have found their way into the Yaris Cross too, including an improved pre-collision warning system and Toyota’s Emergency Driver Stop System, which allows the car to stop safely should the driver become unwell.
Toyota will announce UK pricing in December but, with all these new upgrades, it’s likely that the new Yaris Cross will be marginally more expensive than the current model, which starts at £24,885.
We’ve already tested the current Yaris Cross – to find out what we thought, read our in-depth review…
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