Delayed in particular by the coronavirus, Toyota's first modern small SUV will not be launched here before mid-2021. But the Japanese can already take possession of it.
If there's one new thing Toyota dealers can look forward to, it's the Yaris Cross. This model will indeed allow the Japanese brand to finally gain a foothold in the small SUV category, which is now one of the most popular in Europe. But while the first official photos were released last April, marketing with us is not planned before mid-2021. A big difference with Japan, which can already benefit from this pocket backpacker. It must be said that the copies intended for this market will be manufactured directly in the Archipelago, while ours will come from the factory in Valenciennes, in the north of France, which was shut down for long weeks due to confinement.
All official photos and info on the Yaris Cross
Thermal resists in the land of the Rising Sun
Another major difference: in the Land of the Rising Sun, there will remain at least one thermal version, powered by an atmospheric 1.5 three-cylinder 120 hp, already seen in the Yaris sedan and here associated with a CVT automatic transmission. In France, on the other hand, the Yaris Cross will necessarily be hybrid, combining the same gasoline unit, in a deflated version and Atkinson cycle, with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery for a cumulative power of 116 hp. At an additional cost, a second electric motor at the rear will even equip it with four-wheel drive.
A price still unknown in Europe
This technology, borrowed from the big brother RAV4 and unprecedented in the category, will help this Japanese to distinguish himself from the Renault Captur, Peugeot 2008 and other Nissan Juke, all of which arrived much earlier than him in the segment. It remains to know the French prices of this Yaris Cross: if it will be available from 2,284,000 yen in Japan in its hybrid version, or around € 18,040 at the current price, the bill is expected to be much higher in Europe, where a "simple" Yaris hybrid sedan, built on the same basis, already starts at 20,950 €.