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Yes, now there’s a Yaris SUV

Urban life presents particular challenges. When it comes to driving, it’s an environment where motorists increasingly appreciate the robust, high-riding qualities of an SUV, but on a scale tailored to suit urban streets and with a genuine emphasis on environmental performance.

At the same time, drivers want a vehicle that’s distinctive and stylish, and which has all the flexibility they need for an active lifestyle. These are exactly the qualities Toyota has instilled in the all-new Yaris Cross.

The new Yaris Cross draws on Toyota’s strong heritage of advanced hybrid technology, small car design and SUV engineering.

Yaris Cross

Toyota’s world leadership in hybrid vehicle technology includes the first use of a hybrid system in a B-segment car with the original Yaris Hybrid in 2012. This was first introduced in New Zealand with the Prius c in 2012. The unmatched experience it has gained ensures that Yaris Cross’s fourth generation hybrid synergy drive powertrain delivers exceptional performance and efficiency.

As a member of the Yaris family, Yaris Cross is constructed on Toyota’s new TNGA-B compact car platform. It also shares the “big-small” design and packaging concept that characterised the original Yaris and presents a roomy interior within compact exterior dimensions.

Yaris Cross is also a genuine SUV, benefiting from Toyota’s experience in originating the concept of the recreational SUV 25 years ago with the RAV4 – today the world’s best-selling SUV – and more recently in producing the stylish and highly efficient C-HR. A raised ride height.

Yaris Cross

Adding Yaris Cross to the line-up will give Toyota a comprehensive SUV range that spans from the Yaris Cross, to the C-HR, RAV4, Highlander, Fortuner, Land Cruiser Prado and Land Cruiser 200 series.

The Yaris and Yaris Cross are the first models to use Toyota’s latest 1.5 hybrid system, developed directly from the 2.0 and 2.5-litre engines used by recent new models such as the Corolla, C-HR, RAV4 and Camry. This features a new 1.5-litre, three-cylinder Atkinson-cycle petrol engine, precision-engineered to reduce friction and mechanical losses and optimise combustion speed. The result is high torque at low engine speeds and excellent fuel efficiency.

Yaris Cross

The engine’s thermal efficiency is rated at 40%, which is greater than comparable diesel engines and ensures good fuel economy and low CO2 emissions.

The design process of Yaris Cross brought together a wide team from studios in both Europe and Japan. To describe their ideas and inspiration in more detail, please find below the words of one member of the team – Lance Scott, Design General Manager at Toyota’s EDD studio in Nice, France.

“When we started this process, we understood that whilst style is the number one purchase reason in the B-SUV segment, customers were also keen to have a high level of practicality. Not easy things to reconcile, especially in a compact package.

From the very beginnings of the design concept, we had the urban customer in mind, but needed to understand more about them. So, we went out and interviewed real customers to understand their lifestyle, what they liked, what their daily activities were and how they enjoyed themselves. After an enjoyable and enlightening process, we came back enthusiastic to design a car that would mirror their personality and deliver a vibrant combination of being both sophisticated and energetic.

Yaris Cross

As a team, we came up with the key words ‘Robust’ and ‘Minimalistic’, which we felt would express both compactness and agility, as well as the robustness and strength of an SUV.

Dave McLeodhttps://www.tarmaclife.co.nz
New Zealand motoring editor/journalist and published author. Besotted with cars and the experiences they give. I'm a family guy with a bark that's bigger than my bite and prefer football over rugby any day of any week.

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