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Yaris Cross Preview
Toyota has expanded the Yaris family with the introduction of an all-new member – the Yaris Cross. The third member after the hatchback and sedan is a compact crossover in the same league as Volkswagen T-Cross, Ford Puma and Nissan Juke in the European market. Positioned below the C-HR, the Yaris Cross also shares many parts and equipment with its hatchback sibling.
Based on Toyota’s TNGA-B platform, the Yaris Cross is 4,180mm in length, is 1765mm wide and has a height of 1560mm. It has the same wheelbase as the Yaris supermini though, at 2560mm. In terms of appearance, the Yaris Cross takes its cues from other Toyota SUVs. The fascia has a two-tier grille with the Toyota logo sitting on top of the sleeker mesh grille. Along with the high-placed headlamps, there are vertical DRLs while the circular fog lamps are on the lower grille. In profile, the Yaris Cross gets squared-off wheel arches and blacked-out floating roof design. At the back, the tail lamp design gets a sharp LED unit with blacked-out internals. The compact SUV sits on 18-inch wheels.
On the inside, the cabin gets a larger floating touchscreen display and a digital instrument cluster. And the centre console is more calibrated for an SUV as well. At the back, the split seats add practicality to the cargo space which has adjustable height and split-space feature. The Yaris Cross is aimed for hatchback buyers who want the practicality of a high-riding vehicle.
In terms of powertrain, the Yaris Cross is currently offered with the 115bhp 1.5-litre petrol-hybrid powertrain which is also offered in the hatchback. It is also available with an AWD layout, which has a CO2 emission of mere 100g/km. There might be newer powertrains in the pipeline, including a diesel, but that will be for select international markets.
If and when the Toyota Yaris Cross is launched in India, we expect it to cut under the sub-four metre. So it will be Toyota’s take against the likes of the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Hyundai Venue, Mahindra XUV300 and Tata Nexon.
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To be available in petrol and hybrid options.
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