2021 Toyota Yaris Cross Canada – Toyota originally intended to unveil its new small crossover in March at the Geneva Motor Show but a cancellation caused by a coronavirus pandemic forced the carmaker to schedule a premiere again. The company has said it will delay the vehicle’s debut for weeks or even months, but the wait is now over as Toyota is ready to unveil its crossover derived from the Yaris.
2021 Toyota Yaris Cross Canada
Located below the C-HR, the new Yaris Cross transmits a 2560-millimeter (100.8-inch) supermini wheelbase while featuring longer overhangs increasing the overall length by 240 mm (9.4 inches) to 4180 mm (164.5 inches). It is also 20 mm (0.8 inches) wider and 90 mm (3.5 inches) taller than the Yaris, and remains significantly smaller than the aforementioned C-HR.
It has a more conventional design in, so to speak, a wise move that should attract more customers to Toyota showrooms because not all people are prone to C-HR’s wacky styling. At the same time, its larger footprint compared to the Yaris makes it more practical, further enhanced by split rear seats at 40:20:40.
Customers will be able to order the Yaris Cross with wheels as large as 18 inches and a shiny new color called Brass Gold, while the optional electric rear door will make it easier to load and unload cargo. Once you open the cargo space, the floor can be adjusted in height and can also be divided into two parts, depending on what you need to carry. There is even a belt system that allows owners to secure objects on site without worrying about items flying all over the cargo area while driving.
All-wheel drive is not so common in the small European SUV segment, which is why we are pleased to announce that the Yaris Cross will offer an AWD layout paired with a hybrid powertrain consisting of a three-cylinder 1.5-liter petrol engine running in conjunction with an electric motor. The combustion engine has a thermal efficiency of up to 40 percent and can power the vehicle alone in front-wheel drive mode. Once the sensors detect poor grip conditions, the AWD system starts up and helps the driver cope with rain, snow or even sand.
Now we can say that this cool hyper-urban SUV will not come to North America. Toyota Canada has confirmed to us that the 2021 Toyota Yaris Cross was designed in Europe for the European market. The Yaris Cross is based on the new Yaris hatchback and has real SUV DNA that comes from Toyota’s rich experience in the matter.
Compared to the Yaris (not our Mazda2 ban), the Yaris Cross is a total of 240mm longer for more interior space. The ground clearance is raised 30 mm above the donner hatchback. Much of the exterior trim and design reminds us of the Lexus UX. The UX configuration is very similar to that of the Yaris Cross
The 2021 Toyota Yaris Cross will use Toyota’s latest 1.5 hybrid system. It has a 1.5-liter 3-cylinder Atkinson cycle engine that mates with Toyota’s fourth-generation hybrid technologies. Total production is rated at 116 DIN horsepower or 114 horsepower. The AWD-i system sends a signal to the rear electric motor when needed, much like the Prius AWDs.
While we think this Yaris Cross could find some success in North America, if it’s mostly because of our love of any SUV, we assume the price would be too high to justify a real business case for the company. Also, as we know, the Lexus UX did not live up to expectations as a small hybrid SUV.
The total output for the hybrid setup is 116 horsepower, which may not sound like much, but do you really need more than a city crossover? Toyota claims that the front-wheel drive models will have CO2 emissions of less than 120 g / km while the AWD model will emit below 135 g / km under WLTP mode.
Toyota aims to build more than 150,000 units a year at its Valenciennes plant in France where the yaris cross will be assembled alongside the supermini on which it is based. The small high-driving vehicle will go on sale in Europe in the summer of 2021 after being launched at home in Japan this fall.