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New 2021 Toyota Yaris Cross revealed: small SUV takes the fight to Nissan’s Juke

This is the brand new Toyota Yaris Cross, a small SUV that will give the Japanese...

This is the brand new Toyota Yaris Cross, a small SUV that will give the Japanese brand a right rival for the likes of the Nissan Juke, Renault Captur, Peugeot 2008 and Skoda Kamiq when it comes in the United kingdom in 2021.

It will be developed at Toyota’s French output facility in Valenciennes, and in major portions too: all around one hundred fifty,000 a calendar year in accordance to Toyota’s very own estimations, which would give the brand a sizeable market share in the European B-SUV market, if it ended up to sell each individual just one. 

The Yaris Cross is the firm’s 2nd design in Europe to be primarily based on the smallest model of Toyota’s New Worldwide Architecture (TNGA) system. This is a frequent established of chassis elements that underpin almost everything from the Yaris and Corolla to the RAV4 and American saloons. Importantly, it implies that the Yaris Cross will carry hybrid powertrain technological innovation to the small SUV market from its launch, for the reason that TNGA is engineered for electrification correct from the off.

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Discovered these days by way of an on the net presentation, the Yaris Cross is clearly intended to enhance the existing small SUV in Toyota’s line-up, the C-HR. That type-targeted design sits somewhere in between what’s identified as the B-phase – superminis – and the C-phase for spouse and children cars. As these types of, Toyota has not required to force the Yaris Cross into becoming a ‘small spouse and children car’ like Skoda has completed with the Kamiq, and as Renault has attempted to attain with the most current Captur.

Even though the newcomer’s identify implies that it is a member of the Yaris spouse and children, it sits aside from its Ford Fiesta-rivalling sibling with a glimpse of its very own, impressed by some of the larger SUVs in Toyota’s line-up, specifically the RAV4.

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“Clearly, we want the automobile to be quickly perceived as a SUV, so we emphasised a higher ground clearance, a potent horizontal axis supplying a excellent balance and poise, major squared wheel arches and of class major wheels,” points out Lance Scott, structure manager at Toyota’s European Design Growth studio. 

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“The face was also a incredibly critical element for us. We wanted to continue to keep the potent DNA of Toyota’s SUV line-up but at the same time give Yaris Cross an identification of its very own.”

The grille and headlights are diverse to the ones of Toyota’s supermini, even though the surfacing down the sides is supplied a rugged twist with huge, challenging seeking wheel arches and a new C-pillar. About the back it gets a new rear fascia, too, even though the hatch lid is electric power operated on some styles. Toyota has not confirmed a boot sizing just however, but it will almost certainly be a extra practical automobile than the Yaris, even though capabilities these types of as an adjustable boot ground, underfloor storage and Toyota’s Belt Flex procedure for securing products are all out there. 

The Yaris Cross actions only 6mm shorter than a Ford Puma but its wheelbase is a extra considerable 28mm shorter. As opposed to the Nissan Juke, it is 45mm lengthier total with a 30mm lengthier wheelbase. The Cross shares its wheelbase with the Yaris supermini, but it is 240mm lengthier total and 90mm taller. With 30mm of added ground clearance, we would be expecting there to be a fantastic sum of added headroom inside of.

Even though the structure is a departure from the Yaris hatchback, the powertrain applied by the Yaris Cross is the precise same. It is a hybrid procedure creating use of a 1.5-litre, a few-cylinder petrol engine making some push electric power but also charging the battery feeding the car’s electric powered motor. In the Yaris, this motor is fed by a new lithium-ion battery, which is lighter than the old nickel hydride models applied in the prior generation Yaris Hybrid. Generate is despatched to the wheels by way of a CVT transmission, and complete procedure electric power stands at 114bhp. 

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Toyota statements potent gasoline overall economy and minimal emissions for the new powertrain, but so considerably has only unveiled provisional CO2 figures. Under WLTP, be expecting a figure beneath 120g/km for entrance-wheel-push variations of the Yaris Cross, with the all-wheel-push variations geared up with Toyota’s AWD-i procedure beneath 135g/km. 4-wheel-push variations come with no practicality penalty, and it gains extra subtle double-wishbone suspension at the rear, too, when compared with the entrance-wheel-push car’s torsion beam set up.

No other engine details have been confirmed, but the new Yaris will eventually be out there with standard petrol drivetrains with manual gearboxes, and we’d be expecting the Yaris Cross to observe fit. In particular European marketplaces a non-hybrid, 1.5-litre petrol engine will arrive, but we do not however know if the United kingdom is just one of all those marketplaces. 

Even though the exterior structure is a departure from what the new Yaris has founded, the Yaris Cross shares its inside panel for panel with the supermini, correct down to the doorway moulds. A new steering wheel, new instrumentation, and a huge central touchscreen are the focal points, even though beneath the switchgear there’s a major storage house. While the automobile is 200mm shorter than the C-HR, Toyota statements that there’s extra house in the more compact Yaris Cross, largely many thanks to packaging gains about its larger, extra rakish sibling. 

Full requirements and specialized details will be out there nearer to the car’s market launch in Europe, in early 2021. 

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