Toyota has revealed the Yaris Cross SUV to rival popular models like the Renault Captur, Peugeot 2008 and Ford Puma. The model had previously been spotted testing and was due to be unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show before it was cancelled. It’s now expected to arrive in showrooms in Summer 2021.
The Yaris Cross will share the Yaris supermini’s underpinnings and sits below the C-HR and RAV4 in its SUV line-up. Its design is inspired by the latest RAV4, particularly at the rear where its taillights feature a wide strip of LEDs. Its nose features high-set headlights, in a similar fashion to the Ford Puma, and a contrasting roof colour will be available. As is the current trend, lashings of black cladding over the wheelarches and along the sills also help toughen it up.
Its wheelbase is identical to the Yaris, but the Cross boasts 30mm extra ground clearance, and it’s 90mm taller and 20mm wider. There’s a powered tailgate and the boot floor height is adjustable, providing either an underfloor compartment or extra storage space. It’s also equipped with a new ‘flex belt’ system to keep items in place while driving.
The interior is virtually a carbon copy of that found in the Yaris, with a dashboard-mounted infotainment touchscreen being the main focal point. Smartphone users will be pleased to note it has Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility, while there’s also a 10-inch head-up display hovering above the analogue gauges.
Power comes from the same 1.5-litre hybridised petrol engine and electric motor found in the Yaris Hybrid, with an identical 114bhp and mated to a CVT automatic gearbox. With front-wheel drive Toyota is targeting CO2 emissions under 120g/km, while the AWD-i version should manage less than 135g/km.
As with other models in the Toyota range, it’s expected that the Yaris Cross will be offered in a variety of trim levels, including Icon, Design, Excel and Dynamic, with prices kicking off from around £21,000.