Compact SUV is Toyota’s new ‘full-hybrid’ bet for the B-segment
Toyota Yaris Cross arrived in Portugal this week – with a TV commercial made in Lisbon ‘ and it all’. The national presentation, however, took us to the region of Óbidos for a first contact with the new crossover of the Japanese brand that has conquered the segment B.
We are facing a more Yaris grown up with ‘look’ RAV4? It may even be a starting point for the conversation to approach this new compact SUV – but with which not everyone will necessarily need to agree…
The Yaris Cross offers its own ‘personality’ and, speaking of heritage, the lineage that , in essence, it brings creases cannot – this yes, substantially – cease to be its ‘full-hybrid’ Toyota condition.
The entry into Portugal is made with the front-wheel drive hybrid version powered by the 116 hp 1.5 Dynamic Force engine with automatic transmission. The ‘full-hybrid’ with the AWD-i all-wheel drive will arrive in 2022. For those who want to spend less on the purchase, in the first three of the six equipment levels, the exclusive petrol version with the 1.5 VVT engine is available – by order only – -125 hp I with 6-speed manual gearbox.
We got in touch with the Toyota Yaris Cross in its top-of-the-line Premier Edition version – one of two that include 18” wheels that help to improve the ‘off-road’ feeling on incursions to off-road roads like the ones we’ve done. The most demanding test of comfort and stability is fulfilled by the GA-B platform concerned with structural rigidity and having a low center of gravity with a suitable suspension.
Good visibility and ease of finding the ideal driving position combine with the comfort of the seats in an easy driving that transmits safety and has three programs depending on the nerve or economy that one wants to collect. Adventurous in spirit, but utilitarian in nature, the Yaris Cross will surely look out for urban routes most of the time.
And this ‘full-hyvrid’ is really meant to roll in EV mode most of the time – the brand estimate points to 80%. Therefore, the elasticity of the automatic transmission in the relation between the speeds should also be considered, which habituation will be understood with this ‘appetence’ by default for circulation in electric mode.
Even with the worthy 116 hp of power in a B-segment record, the Yaris Cross is designed to rationalize consumption before performance. Toyota points out consumptions of 4.5-5.0 l/100 km and CO2 emissions of 101-113 g/km for the ‘full-hybrid’ 2WD with 16” wheels.
The ‘big-small’ concept that governs its concept of utility with large wheels and robust right from the start of the SUV design is realized in dimensions that only in the wheelbase do not exceed those of the conventional Yaris. The Cross is 4,172 mm long (+232); 1,765 mm wide (+20); and 1,595 mm in height (+90).
The crossover model’s ground clearance goes up to 160 mm (+25) and the luggage compartment capacity (with two levels) it also increases to a minimum of 401 liters (+115 litres) – with a 40:20.40 seat-folding rear seat configuration. Comfort in the rear row will depend on the capacity between two and three occupants, with the headroom being superior in proportion to the existing one for the legs.
No repairs in relation to the chosen materials for this B-segment not even in terms of design – the assessment is, on the contrary, very positive – the tried-and-tested Premier Edition offers an even more remarkable technological dimension offering all the features that debut wireless smartphone integration with the Apple CarPlay and Apple platforms Android Auto (with updates also ‘over-the-air’) on the Toyota Smart Connect system with a 9” high-resolution screen.
In the Yaris Cross Premier Edition, the driver has in front of him a 7” TFT screen and the ‘head- up display’ being assisted by Toyota Safety Sense with a wide range of driving aids: how they are the pre-collision system with pedestrian detection (daytime and night) of cyclists (daytime); or the assisted lane departure warning; or intelligent adaptive cruise control, for example; as well as the auto-controlled high beam lights; or the recognition of traffic signs.
The new Toyota Yaris Cross ‘full-hybrid’ with the 116 hp 1.5 Dynamic Force engine with automatic transmission arrived in Portugal with the following table of prices depending on the level of equipment:
Comfort – 23,990 euros (21,790 euros for the 1.5 VVT-I of 125 hp)
Comfort Plus – 25,390 euros (23,190 euros for the 1.5 VVT-I with 125 hp)
Exclusive – 27,090 euros (24,890 euros for the 1.5 VVT-I with 125 hp) )
Square Collection – 28,390 euros
Luxury – 29,690 euros
Premiere Edition – 32,390 euros