The Toyota Yaris Cross is now on sale in Japan

Do you think Toyota Motor Philippines should bring this in, too?
by Leandre Grecia | Aug 31, 2020
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Toyota officially unveiled the new Yaris Cross back in April. Now, the latest addition to the Japanese carmaker’s growing list of crossovers is officially available across Japan.

But in case you missed it, we’ll give you a rundown of what this vehicle has to offer. As the name suggests, it’s an SUV based on the same platform as the Yaris: the Toyota New Global Architecture platform. It helps keep the vehicle both lightweight and highly rigid, and it also ensures better performance with agile handling.

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Apart from its size, though, what differentiates the Yaris Cross from the subcompact car it’s derived from is that it is available with a 4WD drivetrain. This layout comes with a multi-terrain select function that’s available with all powertrain options.

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And speaking of powertrains, the Yaris Cross comes with both petrol and hybrid setups. The former is a 1.5-liter mill mated to a CVT while the latter is the Toyota Hybrid System II that’s equipped in the new Yaris Hybrid. That hatch is a significantly smaller car than the Yaris Cross, but Toyota claims the Cross can also do 30km/L despite the bigger physique.

As with most of Toyota’s new hybrids, the Yaris Cross comes equipped with Toyota Safety Sense features including a pre-collision safety system, low-speed acceleration control, radar cruise control with lane-tracing assist, and a blind-spot monitoring system. The Yaris Cross will also pack the Toyota Teammate automated parking feature.

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This is the second hybrid crossover that Toyota has launched in 2020 alone. The other one, the Corolla Cross, just recently made its debut here in the Philippines. Could this mean the local arrival of the Yaris Cross is also on the horizon? Do you reckon Toyota Motor Philippines should make it happen? Let us know in the comments.

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