Toyota has just introduced the Yaris Cross in Indonesia. We talked about this model a while ago, as there are advanced plans to manufacture this model in Brazil. Notably, there already existed a Yaris Cross based on the “original” Yaris. On the other hand, it is based on the Yaris sedan which is manufactured in Indonesia and also sold in Chile.
The Yaris Cross that is making its debut in the ASEAN region will most importantly follow the path of the Innova Hybrid, driving the transition from heat engine to solution with some degree of electrification. This is allowed by the brand’s DNGA platform (developed in conjunction with Daihatsu) which will allow other models to be updated with this type of engine.
“This year, the Indonesian auto industry will enter an era of electrification. This is promoted by various government policies that focus on eco-friendly electrified technologies to reduce carbon emissions. Toyota will introduce electrified products with various technology options. welcomes this milestone by introducing the . From hybrid and plug-in hybrid to electric, we aim to offer a comprehensive offering across best-selling segments and at affordable prices. One of our milestones is the Innova Hybrid, which The first locally produced model with hybrid technology and now the new Yaris Cross as the first hybrid in this market in the SUV-B segment. Hiroyuki Ueda, CEO of Toyota-Astra Motor said.
Yaris Cross: Dimensions and Design
- Largo: 4.310 mm
- Enco: 1.770 mm
- Alto: 1.615 mm
- Wheelbase: 2,620mm
The Yaris Cross seeks to combine a strong silhouette with modern elements. These include trapezoidal air inlets and sharp lines, which are noticeable in the headlights. It gives the illusion of being in front of a “mini RAV4”.
The drop in roofline and rear lights also add to this impression of solidity, despite the fact that the model is compact.
Elements of the GR Sport package are visible in some images, such as the black roof or the sport wheels.
Yaris Cross: Inside
Inside, the Yaris console was completely taken over with a horizontal distribution, the instrument cluster with a 7 ”screen of the multimedia system and a raised center console that slightly narrowed some elements such as the power button or climate control.
Higher variants can consider a two-tone cabin with blue contrast, high connectivity, soft-touch panels, electric seat for the driver, largest panoramic roof in the segment, electric doors with gestural opening.
The safety package is high, with six airbags, dynamic stability control, brakes with ABS and EBD, hill holders, electric parking brake, parking sensors and some assistance from the Toyota Safety Sense package, such as blind spot monitor and cross traffic.
Yaris Cross: Engine
On the powertrain side, there is a gasoline option and a hybrid option, which are the highlights of this premiere.
The first option considers the 1.5 D-VVTi with 105 hp power and 138 Nm torque, mated to a five-speed manual gearbox or CVT.
The hybrid system is based on the same engine, but modeled on the Toyota Hybrid System concept. Thanks to an electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack located under the rear seats, the system can deliver up to 110 hp of power even considering 100% electric mode.
This Yaris Cross was designed under four pillars: acceleration response, cabin soundproofing, low consumption and low emissions, points that will be the main highlights of the model.
While it will go on sale soon in the ASEAN region, it is almost certain that this model will be the one Toyota plans to build in Brazil, with minimal changes to adapt it to our region, where it will sit above the Rise. And below will rush to fight with Nissan Kicks or Chery Tiggo 3 Pro.