Toyota Yaris Cross debuts in Japan - 1.5L Dynamic Force engines with hybrid and 4WD variants!

Sanjay · Sep 1, 2020 04:00 PM

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Toyota adds yet another compact-crossover to their lineup as they unveiled the all-new Toyota Yaris Cross yesterday, which is essentially a small-SUV version of the B-segment Toyota Yaris hatchback.

Chassis and powertrain

The Yaris Cross rides on Toyota’s TNGA-B platform and is offered with two powertrains and drive options:

2020 Toyota Yaris Cross
Variant B-Package (Base) X G Z Hybrid X Hybrid G Hybrid Z
Engine M15A-FKS
(1.5-liter Dynamic Force Engine)
Toyota Hybrid System II with reduction gear
(M15A-FXE 1.5-liter Dynamic Force Engine)
Output

120 PS @ 6,600 rpm
145 Nm @ 4,800 to 5,200 rpm

116 PS (combined)
80 PS, 141 Nm (electric motor only)

The 1.5-litre mills here are derived from larger-displacement Dynamic Force engines found in the Camry and the RAV4

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Petrol engines are mated to a CVT.

What's special about these engines is the way they're engineered - employing advanced, high-speed combustion technologies and a variable control system that result in relatively high output but with reduced energy loss through exhaust and cooling systems.

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The platform on which the Yaris Cross sits on.

Dynamic Force engines are also capable of producing increased torque across all engine speeds while returning good fuel economy - Toyota claims the 2WD Yaris Cross can do 3.25-litres/100km.

In short? Responsive engines with low emissions.

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Buyers of any variant will have the option to choose between front-wheel or four-wheel drive options. Drive mode selection for mud and sand, rock and dirt terrains are also available.

Exterior

This new compact-SUV is by no means a jacked-up Yaris.

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Can't unsee the moustache.

There’s more than a hint of the hotly-discussed Toyota Corolla Cross and RAV4, especially in the front fascia with its gaping grille. Angular, pumped wheel arches and a blocky rear-end with swooping tail lights complete the look.

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Round the sides are also black cladding that toughens up the Yaris Cross a bit. Depending on spec, it rolls on 16- or 18-inch wheels.

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Eight colours are available, and seven of them are two-tone with a black roof and side mirrors.

Interior

Pretty much like the Corolla Cross, the Yaris Cross’s interior shares more than passing resemblance to the standard Yaris.

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Part of it is due to the similar-looking dashboard and door cards being used inside. 

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To lend the crossover a more premium feel, Toyota used soft padding on the top-half of the dashboard and added felt lining on the doors.

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Higher-end variants also get a digital gauge.

Infotainment is handled by either a 7- or 8-inch (depending on variant) touchscreen which supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. 

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The boot is accessible via its powered tailgate, and can fit 390 litres worth of stuff with the rear seats up.

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Swallows two bicyles!

Maximum boot space is 1,083 litres when the 40:20:40 split-fold rear seats are folded and the 60:40 split adjustable deck board is removed.

Safety

Barring the base variant, all Yaris Cross variants will receive Toyota Safety Sense ADAS suite as standard fitment.

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The ADAS suite comes with these functions: 

  • Pre-collision Safety System
  • Low Speed Acceleration Control
  • Emergency Steering Assist
  • Full Speed Range Rader Cruise Control
  • Lane Tracing Assist (LTA)
  • Adaptive High-beam System (AHS)
  • Road Sign Assist (RSA)

Prices

The Yaris Cross starts at JPY 1,798,000 (~RM 70,520) all the way to JPY 2,815,000 (~RM 110,408).

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It’s unlikely to come here, but even if it does, the prices won’t be the same due to different tax structures. 

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Closer to home, UMW Toyota teased the GR Yaris.

What do you think, like what you see?

Comments

Up to 20% higher than average trade-in price

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