Toyota Hybrid System II with reduction gear
(M15A-FXE 1.5-liter Dynamic Force Engine)
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.
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.
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.
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.
This new compact-SUV is by no means a jacked-up Yaris.
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.
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.
Eight colours are available, and seven of them are two-tone with a black roof and side mirrors.
Pretty much like the Corolla Cross, the Yaris Cross’s interior shares more than passing resemblance to the standard Yaris.
Part of it is due to the similar-looking dashboard and door cards being used inside.
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.
Infotainment is handled by either a 7- or 8-inch (depending on variant) touchscreen which supports Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
The boot is accessible via its powered tailgate, and can fit 390 litres worth of stuff with the rear seats up.
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.
Barring the base variant, all Yaris Cross variants will receive Toyota Safety Sense ADAS suite as standard fitment.
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)
The Yaris Cross starts at JPY 1,798,000 (~RM 70,520) all the way to JPY 2,815,000 (~RM 110,408).
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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