Whether you like it or not, it seems like manufacturers just cannot stop churning out crossovers. From subcompact to full-sized, just about every automaker is out there to fill a niche in the market. The latest brand to further expand their crossover range is Toyota with the introduction of the Yaris Cross.
As the name suggests, it is essentially the said hatchback with a little more ground clearance, along with some rugged-looking trimmings bolted on. Highlights include unpainted black fender flares, a faux skid plate on the front apron, more black trim on the bumper corners, and a unique set of alloy wheels. Completing the Yaris' crossover transformation are a pair of roof rails and the aforementioned extra ride height.
The cabin on the other hand is essentially carried over from the standard Yaris. It gets the same instrument cluster, center stack and dashboard design. One minor difference are the seats, which are leather-trimmed in the high-spec versions and features red stitching. Other features include steering wheel mounted audio controls, stability control, and seven airbags on select variants.
No changes under the hood for the Yaris Cross. It's the exact same unit found in the Yaris hatchback. It is the familiar 1.5-liter, Dual VVT-i four-cylinder unit seen in many Toyota B-segment offerings. Power is rated at 105 PS and 140 Nm of torque. Transmission choices include a five-speed manual or a continuously variable transmission (CVT). No all-wheel drive version is available and front-wheel drive is the only drivetrain choice.
It is yet to be known if the Toyota Yaris Cross will be offered in the Asia-Pacific region.