Toyota has revealed its new baby SUV, which the Japanese brand will launch into the rapidly growing sector of the UK marketplace.
The Yaris Cross uses the same platform and wheelbase as the new Yaris supermini that is due to arrive this summer, but is 240mm longer to create additional interior space, as well as being 90mm taller and 20mm wider, as well as having an additional 30mm of ground clearance.
The car will come with Toyota’s 114hp self-charging hybrid system, starting from under 120g/km for the front-wheel drive car, and an all-wheel drive AWD-i version will also be offered, with Toyota claiming class-leading efficiency for the four-wheel drive model of from 135g/km. The 1.5-litre powertrain is a new hybrid system that will debut on the Yaris model
The new model slots into the Toyota SUV line-up below the Company Car Today Crossover of the Year C-HR model, with the RAV4 SUV above the pair of them.
A powered bootlid will be available, while the luggage area is fitted with an adjustable floor and a longer rear overhang than the Yaris creates additional boot space and accounts for the bulk of the Cross’s difference in size with regular Yaris hatchback.
Urban life presents particular challenges. When it comes to driving, it’s an environment where motorists increasingly appreciate the robust, high-riding qualities of an SUV, but on a scale tailored to suit urban streets and with a genuine emphasis on environmental performance,” said the brand. “At the same time, they want a vehicle that’s distinctive and stylish, and which has all the flexibility they need for an active lifestyle.”
The Small crossover sector is predicted to be one of the fastest growing areas of the market, with new arrivals in recent months including the Ford Puma, Peugeot 2008 and Renault Captur, with Vauxhall’s new Mokka X also due ahead of the Yaris Cross’s arrival.