Yaris for big city safaris
As the Yaris Cross, the small car becomes a compact city SUV – including hybrid drive and 4×4.
Toyota Yaris Cross
Even small cars like the Toyota Yaris are getting more and more competition from SUVs. So that customers don’t go elsewhere, Toyota is bringing the Yaris Cross in 2021 as an SUV alternative to the well-known small car.
Contrary to what the name might suggest, the “Cross” is much more than just a raised and disguised Yaris. The wheelbase remains the same as the small car at 2560 mm, but the overhangs have increased by 18 cm at the front and 6 cm at the rear, which should improve the interior space. In addition, the ground clearance has been increased by 30 mm, but the car is a total of 9 centimeters higher and 2 wider than a Yaris – this also speaks for more space in the interior. With a length of 4.18 meters, the “Cross” is still suitable for the city.
An important distinction between SUVs and small cars can also be found in the drive: while the Yaris is only available with front-wheel drive, the Yaris Cross is also available with all-wheel drive; a rarity in the small SUV segment. The combination of hybrid and all-wheel drive is quite unique. The system works with a new 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine and is said to have a system output of 116 hp. Even with all-wheel drive, Co2 emissions are said to be less than 100 grams per kilometer, which corresponds to fuel consumption of 4.2 l/100 km. As with other Toyota models, the rear axle is not driven by a mechanical connection, but by an electric motor. This saves weight and reduces fuel consumption. In normal operation, the Yaris Cross drives with pure front-wheel drive, but the rear axle is switched on as soon as this becomes necessary. The on-board electronics with numerous assistance systems also ensure increased safety.
The designers ensured the right look with 18-inch wheels, protective coverings all around and a roof in a contrasting color. The Yaris Cross fits seamlessly into Toyota’s SUV range.
Toyota is not yet naming prices for the small SUV, but it is certain that the French plant in Valenciennes will build more than 150,000 units per year.
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