Toyota Launches Another SUV, The 2021 Yaris Cross (Photos)
Toyota has finally unveiled its latest SUV to the world the Yaris Cross. The SUV will sit below the CH-R and its more practical than the regular Yaris hatchback. Offering more room, increased ground clearance and the option of all-wheel drive, the Toyota Yaris Cross will become the third member of the Yaris family when it launches in Europe in mid-2021.
The new Yaris Cross carries over the supermini’s wheelbase measuring 100.8 inches while featuring longer overhangs increasing the overall length by 9.4 inches to 164.5 inches. It’s also 0.8 inches wider and 3.5 inches taller than the Yaris while remaining significantly smaller than the aforementioned C-HR. Toyota nailed the cute-ute’s look, and the new B-segment SUV boasts a chunky stance, squared-off wheel arches, plenty of body cladding, a contrasting-colour black-painted roof, and a relatively toned-down grille treatment relative to some modern Toyotas.
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The cabin seats four, though you can squeeze a fifth person on the rear bench if needed, and if you’re not worried about getting the silent treatment once you reach your destination. The interior layout of the Yaris Cross is the same as the hatchback and no significant difference. Although in comparison to the hatchback, it has more interior space further cementing its practicality.
Under the hood, there’s a three-cylinder 1.5-litre gasoline engine working together with an electric motor. This engine outputs a 116hp with an AWD system. There is also an FWD model which is standard and a normal 1.5 litre 3 cylinder petrol engine. The Yaris Cross comes in a 6-speed manual, CVT and an eCVT gearbox. Toyota expects to produce more than 150,000 Yaris Cross a year at the TMMF Onnaing factory, near Valenciennes in France. The company wants to achieve a B-SUV segment share of more than 8%.
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