Price equals up to RM 115k, 2023 Toyota Yaris Cross launched in Thailand; 1.5L hybrid-only, TSS
Sanjay · Oct 6, 2023 08:56 AM
The newest competitor in Thailand's tight subcompact-SUV space is this, the all-new 2023 Toyota Yaris Cross. Three variants are offered to customers, with prices outlined below:
Smart - THB 789k (~RM 101k)
Premium - THB 849k (~RM 109k)
Premium Luxury - THB 899k (~RM 115k)
Specs of the Yaris Cross in Thailand
Taking on the Honda WR-V and Nissan Kicks, the Yaris Cross remains hybrid-only – combining a 91 PS/121 Nm 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated 2NR-VEX four-cylinder engine with a 80 PS/121 Nm electric motor. Rated fuel economy is a pretty sweet 26.3 km/litre, or 3.8 litres/100 km.
With all being front-wheel drive, the trio also share the same suspension/braking components: disc brakes all around, a torsion beam rear suspension setup, and a 210 mm ground clearance. Turning radius is pretty tight too at 5.2 metres, one of the merits of the Daihatsu New Global Architecture (DNGA) platform.
With what's similar out of the way, here comes the simple differences between the varietals. Starting from the base Smart, the standard equipment encapsulate full-LED head- and taillights, LED front fog lights, 17-inch wheels, and inside it gets PU and PVC synthetic-leather seats.
Kit count extends to a 10-inch infotainment system that extends to wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, automatic air-conditioning system, four USB ports, a 7-inch digital display for the gauges, with the whole package sweetened by an electric parking brake (EPB) that's available across the range.
Six airbags is standard; and so is a reverse camera. Active safety is as we were (anti-lock brakes, stability control, etc), though Toyota Safety Sense is only available from the Premium variant onwards.
Speaking of which, the Premium model gets a new set of 17-inch dual-tone wheels, while interior upholstery is upgraded to black PU seats. Speaker count is also bumped to six.
Safety-wise, it builds upon the Smart with the inclusion of two front parking sensors, a front camera, pedal misoperation control, front departure alert, as well as blind spot monitors (BSM) with rear cross-traffic alert (RCTA).
Getting to the range-topper Premium Luxury nets buyers the option to spec two-tone colourways for both the interior and exterior. There's also a panoramic glass roof now, along with welcome lights by the side mirrors.
Interior enhancements are led by Pioneer audio (still six speakers), 8-way electric driver's seat, kick-activated bootlid, and a wireless phone charger. It also gains a 360-degree camera, and a tyre pressure monitoring system (TPMS).
Some of the colours – both single- and dual-tone – are paid options, while Toyota Motor Thailand also extends two bodykits up for grabs; the Urban Sport, and the Modellista.
2023 Toyota Yaris Cross in Malaysia
Rumours are aplenty that this Yaris Cross previews Perodua's upcoming 'D66B' small SUV, though naturally, the carmaker has not confirmed or made any announcements just yet. However – barring any sudden surprises – we'll have to wait till 2024 to know, as Perodua isn't launching any more new models this year.
With humble beginnings collecting diecast models and spending hours virtually tuning dream cars on the computer, his love of cars has delightfully transformed into a career. Sanjay enjoys how the same passion for cars transcends boundaries and brings people together.