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2021 Toyota Yaris Cross compact-SUV revealed with Hybrid 4WD engine

Written by Nizam Shaikh

Toyota has unveiled the new Yaris Cross a new compact SUV from the Japanese carmaker in a world debut, which was earlier slated to be revealed at the 2020 Geneva Motor Show, cancelled due to the COVID-19/CoronoVirus outbreak. The Yaris Cross will be launched in Japan around the Last Quarter of this calendar year and is slated for its Europe launch in Mid 2021. 

The Toyota Yaris Cross compact SUV is based on the brand’s flagship compact car, Yaris. The Yaris Cross is underpinned by the Toyota New Global Architecture [TNGA (GA-B)] platform and the compact SUV measures 4,180mm of length, 1,765mm of width, and 1,560mm of height with a wheelbase measuring 2,560mm. The TNGA (GA-B) supports both conventional internal combustion petrol and hybrid powertrains. 

In terms of the exterior design and styling, the Toyota Yaris Cross features an upright front fascia with blacked-out grille, a wide air dam with integrated fog lights, angular wraparound headlamps, LED daytime running lights, vertical air intakes flanking the bumper, flared squared-off wheel arches with black cladding, rock guards on the door, blacked-out roof, LED tail lamps with black inserts and a sloping tailgate with integrated spoiler.

On the interiors, the Toyota Yaris Cross features a dual-tone multilayered dashboard, dual-tone seat upholstery, satin silver accents on the dashboard, door pads, steering wheel and transmission tunnel, Digital-Analogue instrumentation, centrally mounted touchscreen infotainment system, control mounted steering wheel, contoured seats etc. 

Under the hood, the Yaris Cross features a 1.5-litre in-line three-cylinder Dynamic Force petrol engine that produces matched to a 6-speed manual or a Direct Shift CVT automatic with Front-Wheel drive. The same petrol engine is also mated to a Toyota Hybrid System II with a reduction gearbox with Front-wheel drive or E-Four (electric four-wheel-drive system).

For the Japanese market, the Yaris Cross will be manufactured at Toyota Motor East Japan Co., Ltd. and Toyota Motor Manufacturing facility in France for the European market.