Without fear, Toyota aims to sell in France, 30,000 Yaris Cross per year. To situate this projection, we will recall that the tenors Peugeot 2008 and Renault Captur sell at least twice as much in a normal year.. Still, the goal of the Japanese manufacturer is high and that its new mascot, marketed in the fall, will have no time to lose. What strengths will he be able to count on? The AM did a full tour of the owner.

1. A different and unique identity

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It’s not pejorative, but the Toyota Yaris Cross has a more raw side© François Lemaur

Despite its name, the Yaris Cross does not share much physically with the Japanese city car, apart from the release of the rear light strip. Moreover, no body part is common between these two. Cleverly, Toyota gave RAV4 accents to its little SUV. The square wheel arches, the thick side sills and the prominent bumpers give it a real adventurous air unlike the more refined competitors in presentation. It’s not pejorative, but the Yaris Cross has a more raw side.

Inside, on the other hand, we could expect the new kid to take over the dashboard of the Yaris identically. Industrial logic obliges … This is partly true, but not only. Here again, Toyota has made the effort to equip its “Cross” with specific elements, such as the air conditioning unit or the dashboard.. Likewise, there is a small touch of customization possible on the high-end versions with color at the top of the dashboard and recycled materials on the storm doors, which contrast a little with the black of the Yaris.

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The Toyota Yaris Cross is equipped with specific elements, such as the air conditioning unit or the dashboard.© François Lemaur

2. Hybrid and 4×4 available

This is nothing new for a Toyota, but among urban SUVs, it must be recognized that there are not many “simple” hybrids, the essential opting either for all electric – binding – or the plug-in hybrid. , expensive. No choice for the Yaris Cross which will be available only with the engine of its little sister, namely an atmospheric 3-cylinder 1.5 of 92 hp associated with an electric motor bringing the total power to 116 hp. This bodes very well for consumption, the Yaris currently holding a record of sobriety on our test bench. What is more, this engine seems to be very reliable.

In addition, the Yaris Cross can also receive a small additional electric motor on the rear axle, recovering up to 60% of the torque when needed and making it one of the extremely rare urban all-wheel drive SUVs. The 4×4 version is expected to be around € 2,000 more expensive on each finish from the mid-range.

3. A simplified and connected interface

Toyota multimedia systems have never stood out for their simplicity. With the Yaris Cross, the Japanese intends to respond to these criticisms and has therefore chosen to rearrange their menus a little. The tree structure actually seems more intuitive and the ergonomics are not unduly disturbed since the air conditioning controls remain “physical” below.. In addition, the 7-inch counter screen (on high finish) is readable.

Beyond the ease of handling, Toyota has also put its hand on connectivity. It is a common spring among urban SUVs and the Japanese intends to have a say. When purchasing, customers will be able to opt for the Smart Connect system – in addition to CarPlay and Android wireless compatibility – implying the presence of a SIM card in the prepaid subscription for a while. By registering a bank card, it will be possible to pay for parking or gasoline remotely after taking advantage of the service..

5. A reserve for habitability

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In the midst of its many qualities, the Toyota Yaris Cross will however have to face a real flaw: rear habitability.© Toyota

In the midst of its many qualities, The Toyota Yaris Cross will however have to face a real defect: the rear habitability. By taking exactly the wheelbase of the small Yaris (2.56 m), it does not leave much legroom for the occupants of the bench. Especially since it is not sliding. Fortunately for him, space on board is not the first purchase criterion for an urban SUV, but the Yaris Cross will still suffer from the comparison with the competitors. At least will it be able to count on an interesting modularity with a trunk floor in two parts and a folding bench in 3 parts. It now remains to gauge its road performance, but for that it will be necessary to be patient since we should be invited to get behind the wheel only from the month of June.