New Toyota Yaris Cross launch models announced

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
  • Preorders to open in May 2021

Further specifications for the forthcoming 2021 Toyota Yaris Cross SUV have been revealed. Buyers will be able to pick from three trim levels, including a range-topping Premiere edition.

The new car will be available to preorder in May, with the first customer cars arriving in September. Pricing will be confirmed closer to the car’s launch. The Yaris Cross is the latest model to use Toyota’s New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform, which is shared with the Yaris hatchback, and features a hybrid powertrain with four-wheel drive.

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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 trim levels and specs

Toyota has confirmed details of the Yaris Cross Dynamic trim, which gets front and rear lower bumper protection plates and silver painted roof rails. It also comes with 18-inch alloy wheels featuring a dark grey finish.

The interior has a black roof headliner and piano black trim, along with imitation leather-trimmed seats. Elsewhere, a gold-coloured trim insert runs across the dashboard and extends into the door panels. Leather also features on the steering wheel and around the gear stick.

At launch, buyers will be able to spec a Premiere Edition, which is based on the Dynamic model. It’ll be available for the car’s first year on sale and gets several upgrades, including a bi-tone paint finish in a range of colour options and a special set of 18-inch alloy wheels. Inside, standard equipment includes leather-trimmed seats, a powered tailgate with a hands-free kick sensor under the rear bumper and a head-up display.

The Yaris Cross will also be available in an entry-level Excel trim and specifications for this model will be revealed later this year, ahead of the car’s launch.

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 specifications of the Yaris Cross line-up have yet to be revealed, 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 2021, read our top ten picks here.

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