New Toyota Yaris Cross revealed: Price, specs and release date
- New Toyota Yaris Cross inspired by the RAV4
- 116hp petrol-hybrid engine
- Front- and four-wheel drive
- Emits less than 90g/km of CO2
- Should cost from between £20-25,000
New Toyota Yaris Cross design
The new Toyota Yaris Cross takes the new Yaris’ dinky city car shape and applies plenty of SUV styling cues. The bluff front end and downturned grille, for example, look very similar to those on the larger Toyota RAV4 while the contrasting, squared-off wheel arches are a hallmark of many chunky SUVs.
The vertical air vents under the headlights and upright reflectors in the rear bumper all serve to make the new Toyota Yaris Cross look taller than the likes of the Kia XCeed and Renault Captur, while the contrasting black roof stops it looking too top-heavy. It’s not what you’d call conventionally pretty, but it’s eyecatching nonetheless – and isn’t that the point of an SUV?
New Toyota Yaris Cross interior
Unlike the exterior, the new Toyota Yaris Cross’ interior looks very similar to that in the standard Yaris. There’s a similar touchscreen infotainment display high up on the dashboard above the heating and ventilation controls, and the air vents are neatly integrated into a curved section of the upper dashboard that runs the width of the cabin.
The two circular speedometer and rev-counter dials you get in the standard Yaris hatchback have been replaced by a large semi-circular speedometer with a central digital display flanked by two additional readouts. These are all illuminated in blue – as in many hybrid cars.
You won’t find any bright colourful trim such as the optional dashboard inserts in a VW T-Cross – instead the Yaris Cross’ interior is a more staid combination of greys, blacks and blues with a couple of metal-effect silver trims to brighten up the place.
New Toyota Yaris Cross engines and driving
The new Toyota Yaris Cross comes with a 1.5-litre petrol engine that’s paired with a compact electric motor. This hybrid system allows it to run using both the engine and motor, just the motor or just the engine – depending on which driving mode you’re in and the manner in which you’re driving.
When working together, the engine and motor produce 116hp and, as standard, drive the front wheels through an automatic gearbox. You’ll be able to get the Yaris Cross with four-wheel-drive instead, but expect these versions to be slightly less economical.
On the subject of which, Toyota hasn’t announced any official fuel economy figures for the new Yaris Cross, but it has said that front-wheel-drive versions will emit fewer than 90g/km of CO2, and four-wheel-drive models fewer than 100g/km of CO2.
New Toyota Yaris Cross price and release date
Toyota hasn’t confirmed how much the new Yaris Cross will cost, but you can expect it to set you back somewhere between the price of a Yaris Hybrid and a C-HR hybrid. As a result, entry-level cars could set you back between £20,000 and £25,000, while top-spec models could cost more than £30,000.