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Pricing and specs unveiled for rugged Toyota Yaris Cross

Toyota Yaris Cross arrives in the UK market to take on the small SUV sector

The Toyota Yaris Cross is a B-segment crossover that’s designed compete with the likes of the Nissan Juke, Renault Captur, Peugeot 2008 and Skoda Kamiq.

Toyota's smallest SUV is available to order now with first deliveries expected in September. There are five specifications of the Yaris Cross to choose from, starting from the entry-level Icon to the range-topping Premiere Edition.

Icon models start from £22,515 and come with an eight-inch touchscreen with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility as standard. Next up is Design - starting from £24,140 - this gets larger 17-inch wheels and LED headlights. From £26,745, you can get an Excel model - which includes 18-inch alloy wheels, a kick-activated opening boot, nine-inch touchscreen and a heated steering wheel. Optional four-wheel drive begins with the Dynamic model at £28,825 and the top-spec Premiere Edition starts at £28,185 (rising to £30,545 for the all-wheel drive variant). 

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The Premiere Edition is a limited version which will only be available for the first 12 months of the car's release.

New 2021 Toyota Yaris Cross: platform and powertrain

The Yaris Cross is the firm’s second European model to be based on the smallest version of Toyota’s New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform. It’s a scalable set of chassis components which underpin everything from the Yaris and Corolla, to the RAV4 and American saloons.

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Most importantly, though, the platform means Toyota can offer the Yaris Cross with hybrid drive from launch, as every version of the platform is engineered for electrification.

The crossover’s hybrid powertrain was lifted from the Yaris hatchback. This comprises a 1.5-litre three-cylinder Atkinson cycle petrol engine, a compact electric motor and a new lithium-ion battery pack. The system generates a total output of 114bhp and can either power the wheels directly through a CVT transmission or charge the battery pack for what Toyota calls a “generous” all-electric driving range.

Toyota claims strong fuel economy and low emissions for the new powertrain, but so far has only revealed provisional CO2 figures. Under WLTP, expect a figure below 120g/km for front-wheel-drive versions of the Yaris Cross, with the all-wheel-drive versions equipped with Toyota’s AWD-i system below 135g/km. 

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Four-wheel-drive versions come with no practicality penalty, and it gains more sophisticated double-wishbone suspension at the rear, too, compared with the front-wheel-drive car’s torsion beam setup.

No other engine details have been confirmed, but the new Yaris will eventually be available with conventional petrol drivetrains with manual gearboxes, and we’d expect the Yaris Cross to follow suit. In certain European markets a non-hybrid, 1.5-litre petrol engine will arrive, but we don’t yet know if the UK is one of those markets.

New 2021 Toyota Yaris Cross: design and interior

While the newcomer’s name suggests that it’s a member of the Yaris family, it sits apart from its Ford Fiesta-rivalling sibling with a look of its own. Instead of falling into line with the hatchback, the crossover’s design is inspired by some of the larger SUVs in Toyota’s line-up, particularly the RAV4.

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“Clearly, we want the car to be immediately perceived as a SUV, so we emphasised a higher ground clearance, a strong horizontal axis giving a great balance and poise, big squared wheel arches and of course big wheels,” explains Lance Scott, design manager at Toyota’s European Design Development studio.

“The face was also a very important aspect for us. We wanted to keep the strong DNA of Toyota’s SUV line-up but at the same time give Yaris Cross an identity of its own.”

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The grille and headlights are different from the ones of Toyota’s supermini, while the surfacing down the sides is given a rugged twist with large, tough-looking wheel arches and a new C-pillar. 

Around the back there’s a new rear fascia, too, while the hatch lid is power-operated on some models. Toyota has not confirmed a boot size just yet, but it will almost certainly be a more practical car than the Yaris, while features such as an adjustable boot floor, underfloor storage and Toyota’s Belt Flex system for securing items are all available.

The Yaris Cross is only 6mm shorter than the Ford Puma but its wheelbase is a more significant 28mm shorter. Compared to the Nissan Juke, it's 45mm longer overall with a 30mm longer wheelbase. The Cross shares its wheelbase with the Yaris supermini, but it's 240mm longer overall and 90mm taller. With 30mm of extra ground clearance, we would expect there to be a good amount of extra headroom inside.

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While the exterior design is a departure from the Yaris, the Yaris Cross shares most of its interior design with the supermini, right down to the door cards. There’s a new steering wheel, new instrumentation and a larger central touchscreen, along with a storage bin in the centre console.

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Even though the Yaris Cross is 200mm shorter than the C-HR, Toyota also claims it offers more space inside, thanks to packaging gains over its larger, more rakish sibling.

It will be built at Toyota’s French production facility in Valenciennes, and in big quantities too: around 150,000 a year according to Toyota’s own estimations. That would give the brand a sizable market share in the European B-SUV market, if it were to sell every one.

Rivals: what the new Yaris Cross has to beat

Renault Captur

Price from: £17,995

The second generation of Renault’s small SUV has borrowed heavily from the latest Clio, and that’s a good thing. The Captur’s cabin is now right up there with the best in class, and the boot is practical enough to rival many family hatchbacks, let alone smaller SUV rivals.

The Renault’s star turn could well be plug-in electrification. The E-Tech version is a proper PHEV, with a big enough battery to manage journeys of up to 30 miles on electricity alone.

Ford Puma

Price from: £20,710

Hybrid badging on Ford’s excellent small SUV shows how muddied the waters are now becoming in this area. Unlike the Yaris and Captur, Ford’s offering is a mild hybrid – in effect, with a belt-driven starter-generator that harnesses braking energy and then uses it to help acceleration and save fuel.

Still, the Puma manages some solid economy figures – with up to 50mpg feasible in the real world – and it’s probably the best-driving of all the small SUVs.

Peugeot e-2008

Price from: £31,665

Latest version of Peugeot’s small SUV has possibly the widest choice of powertrains of all – with customers being offered petrol power, diesel
power and even the option of a fully electric edition.

The e-2008 has a 50kWh battery that gives a range of around 190 miles. A clever platform layout means there’s no less space than in the e-2008’s conventionally powered siblings, but its cost puts it right at the top of the small SUV market on price.

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