Toyota Introduces the New Yaris Cross: Photos and Specifications

The company has declassified another new model that will take far from the last place in the manufacturer's line.

Toyota has already shown the design of the new compact SUV and has shared some photos of it. As for the name, it has not been announced yet. According to the photos, the new vehicle will be called the Yaris Cross. It is already known that the car has a lot in common with the eponymous hatchback, e.g. a platform and a hybrid powertrain. The latter is built on the example of those that Toyota now uses in the C-HR and RAV4, with the exception of the more compact petrol engine.

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The 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine was optimized to increase thermal efficiency, which reaches 40%. Besides, the AWD car will produce 116 HP. But at most, the compact SUV will be limited to FWD system. Once the sensors detect poor grip conditions, the AWD drivetrain turns on and helps the driver tackle the rain, snow, or even sand.

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The Toyota Yaris Cross is built on the same TNGA-B platform as the Yaris hatchback. However, the new model is a little larger. The manufacturer claims that it was able to build an optimal SUV for the city — agile and spacious. The interior gimmick is a backseat that folds in the proportion of 40:20:40. Its designers consider it almost a revolutionary solution. Compact transport of goods in the trunk will allow the organizer with special straps for attachment. The cargo compartment has a belt system allowing owners to secure objects in place.

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The design was created by the joint efforts of Toyota’s Japanese and European Design HQs. The priority is to focus on the European customer. One of the SUV’s designers Lance Scott assures that when you buy a car in this segment, first of all pay attention to its exterior look. The Toyota Yaris Cross looks quite impressive. At the same time, it is impossible to judge a car only by its design; buyers also need to test its functionality. According to Scott, the designers combined both of these features in the new SUV.

Production will be set up at Toyota’s Valenciennes factory in France. So far, Toyota aims to build more than 150.000 units for Europe annually. Prices have not been yet revealed.

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