ASEAN version of the DNGA-based Toyota Yaris Cross to debut in July 2023
Eric · Feb 9, 2023 11:38 AM
The Toyota Yaris Cross will be entering the ASEAN region soon, as a scoop from Thailand’s headlightmag revealed.
While the Yaris Cross name is identical to the already-on-sale, TNGA-B-based model that’s offered in Singapore, Japan, and Europe, this upcoming Yaris Cross will be different.
Instead of the pricey TNGA-B platform, the ASEAN Yaris Cross will be underpinned by the DNGA platform, similar to the D92A / AC100 Toyota Vios, Perodua Ativa, Perodua Alza, and soon-to-be launched D74A Perodua Axia.
According to headlightmag’s sources, the new Yaris Cross, codenamed D03B, could get two powertrain options.
As the codename suggests, the D03B Yaris Cross is being developed by Daihatsu, which could also imply some level of involvement by Perodua under the Toyota-Daihatsu internal company, known as Emerging Market Car Company, or EMCC for short.
To recap, Perodua serves as a regional R&D centre for EMCC, responsible for many compact cars sold in the region, regardless of whether it is sold as a Perodua or not. Speaking of Perodua, we do know that they are working on a B-segment SUV that’s positioned above the Ativa, codenamed D66B.
One such example is the D92A / AC100 Toyota Vios. While the B-segment sedan was developed by Perodua, it will only be sold exclusively as a Toyota; there are no plans to offer the D92A with a Daihatsu or Perodua badge.