The all-new Toyota Yaris Cross that made its global debut back in April this year finally launches in Toyota Motor Corporation's home country, Japan. The Japan model of the Yaris Cross surprisingly comes with technology that isn't offered in its larger brother Toyota Corolla Cross that was launched globally in July, and in the Philippines barely two weeks ago.
The all-new Toyota Yaris Cross is the automotive giant's first compact vehicle to adopt the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) B platform specifically built for compact cars and would most likely spawn Toyota hybrid cars in the future. Toyota says the Yaris Cross boasts agile handling and exceptional ride quality courtesy of this platform, which allows for lightweight and highly rigid vehicles, and fits them with a revamped suspension and a low center of gravity. The new car model also comes with a four-wheel drivetrain (4WD) making it fit for even tough road surfaces.
Compared with the Toyota Yaris, the Toyota Yaris Cross is longer by 240mm and has a taller ground clearance of 170mm, which is also higher than that of the Toyota Corolla Cross.
The Japan-released all-new compact crossover comes with two 1.5L Dynamic Force Engine options. One is gasoline-fed and churns out an output of 120hp and peak torque of 145Nm, paired with a Direct Shift-CVT and a 4WD or AWD drivetrain. There's also a Multi-terrain Select feature with three modes to choose from depending on road conditions. Then there's the hybrid powertrain that can deliver up to 91hp and 120Nm of torque, with an additional 80hp and 141Nm of torque if combined with the electric motor. The Toyota Yaris Cross is the first compact hybrid EV to sport an electric 4WD system, referred to as E-Four. In this system, the front axle is gasoline engine-powered while a dedicated electric motor powers up the rear axle.
The Toyota Yaris Cross also comes with a couple of new additional safety systems, which are the Secondary Collision Brake ― this assists in preventing a second collision when the airbags activate ― and the Steering-assisted Vehicle Stability Control (S-VSC), handy when the driver is experiencing strong crosswinds. Aside from these, the Yaris Cross can intelligently park itself even if the driver is not touching the pedals or the steering wheel. Other safety features are the Adaptive High-beam System (AHS), Lane Tracing Assist (LTA), Full Speed Range Radar Cruise Control, Pre-collision Safety System, Low Speed Acceleration Control, Emergency Steering Assist, and Road Sign Assist (RSA).
Despite the Toyota Yaris Cross' small size, it is not lacking in space and storage front. It's actually the first compact SUV to have a 3-way rear folding seat, with a 40/20/40 split.
The Japanese Domestic Market (JDM) Toyota Yaris Cross comes with Modellista and GR (short for GAZOO Racing) packages, with the former giving the Yaris Cross a set of road-racing body add-ons and bumper while the latter package gives the compact crossover an off-road rally styling with 18-inch alloy wheels, mudguards and several aerodynamic and body cladding components.
There are three variants of the gasoline engine, the X, G and Z, with MSRP ranging from JPY 1,798,000 (around PHP 821,300) to JPY 2,441,000 (around PHP 1,115,000). Similarly, the hybrid trims Hybrid X, Hybrid G and Hybrid Z range from JPY 2,284,000 (approx. PHP 1,043,100) to JPY 2,815,000 (around PHP 1,285,800). There's no certainty if the Toyota Yaris Cross will make it to the Philippines though, and whether it will have the same impressive specs if it does go on offer.
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