Last year, Toyota introduced one of their smallest crossovers yet – the Yaris Cross. The new B-segment crossover is based on the Yaris hatchback. It features unique styling instead of simply being a standard Yaris on stilts. With the addition of a new variant, it can now go off-road thanks to an all-wheel-drive option.
Toyota calls it the Yaris Cross Adventure. As the name implies, it’s ready for any adventure on- or off-road. That's a bold claim for something that is touted as a crossover for the urban jungle. Of course, we won't knock on Toyota for trying to be different.
Most of the changes on the Yaris Cross Adventure can be seen outside. The crossover features a new bumper with matte silver trim and a different set of fog light housings. More gray trim can be found on the side mirror and roof rails. At the rear, the bumper has been fitted with a faux skid plate for added protection. Capping off the exterior changes are the new 18-inch wheels finished in dark gray.
Inside, the cabin is finished in piano black trim and black headlining. The seats are upholstered in leather with a new dynamic pattern. Other than that, it’s pretty much the same as what you would find on the standard Yaris Cross.
With its more rugged design, the Yaris Cross Adventure also has the powertrain to match. It is fitted with a 1.5-liter three-cylinder hybrid setup that produces a combined output of 116 PS. A CVT then sends power to all four wheels via Toyota’s intelligent all-wheel-drive system (AWD-i). For better grip off-road, it even has Trail and Snow modes.
Per our report last January, Toyota Motor Philippines dealers have already begun ordering the Yaris Cross, meaning we may see the B-Segment crossover arrive here soon. The question now is whether we will get the more rugged-looking Adventure variant with a hybrid AWD powertrain. We're keeping our fingers crossed.