With a three-cylinder hybrid power plant and intelligent all-wheel drive the new Toyota Yaris Cross is going on sale next year
Toyota clearly knows how to have some fun with the Yaris. Exhibit A: the 2020 GR Yaris, possibly the most exciting new hot hatch on the market, brought to you by Tommi Mäkinen and all the rallyists at Gazoo Razing. Exhibit B: this crossover. Well, something has to pay for all those mudflaps.
The all-new Toyota Yaris Cross is a typical, jacked-up compact, and the second vehicle to be based on Toyota’s GA-B platform. This will be produced in France with a market launch scheduled for next year.
Toyota calls this supermini an SUV, the smallest in the company’s line-up at just 4,180mm long and designed in the company’s studio in France. It rides 30mm higher than a regular Yaris for that extra ground clearance, and actually features all-wheel drive.
Available with a hybrid powerplant, the Yaris Cross combines a petrol engine up front and an electric motor driving the rear axle for all-corner traction, with on-the-fly torque distribution depending on where grip is needed. The latest generation three-cylinder engine displaces 1.5-litres and provides a maximum of 116 horsepower.
Along with the complexities of packaging a hybrid system, the Toyota Yaris Cross still features a double-tier cargo space, 40:20:40 split rear seats and an automatic tailgate. The designers point out the big squared wheel arches, and the availability of 18-inch wheels.
Toyota expects to make 150,000 of these a year at its plant near Valenciennes in France, with sales starting in 2021.