"Toyota was a pioneer in the small SUV market when we first launched the RAV4 in 1994, and the new Yaris Cross offers customers the ideal combination of style and functionality in a compact city-friendly package,” said Toyota Australia Vice President Sales and Marketing Sean Hanley.
"With its high levels of safety, comfort and convenience equipment, and the only hybrid powertrain available in the segment, the Yaris Cross is the perfect partner for the working week, with the versatility and practicality to get out of town for an active weekend."
Reflecting its “city SUV” status, the Yaris Cross is primarily a 2WD vehicle, but an AWD variant is available on all three model grades – GX, GXL and Urban – as is a hybrid option.
The conventionally-engined variants use a new 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine that drives the front wheels through a Direct Shift CVT with a mechanical first gear and 10-speed sequential function. Producing 88kW and 145Nm, this engine is the ‘starter model’ in all three grades.
Hybrid versions use a 1.5-litre Atkinson cycle petrol engine and two electric motors for a combined output of 85kW, again using the Direct Shift CVT driving the front wheels.
All-wheel drive hybrid variants take this package and add a third electric motor on the rear axle, with torque distribution varying from 100 per cent on the front axle to up to 60 per cent on the rear axle to suit various surface and traction conditions.
Fuel economy had yet to be released for all model grades at time of writing, but the 2WD Hybrid is listed at 3.8lt/100km on the combined cycle.
The Yaris Cross’s safety equipment levels are high for its segment, with the Toyota Safety Sense suite as standard that includes the latest generation Pre-Collision System with daytime intersection assistance and emergency steering assist.
The Yaris Cross is the first Toyota model to gain ‘Toyota Connected Services’ that offers, among other functions, Automatic Collision Notification (ACN). When a selection of accident-triggered sensors are activated, ACN automatically relays the location of the vehicle to a 24/7 Toyota emergency call centre.
In terms of convenience features, all three grades include climate control air conditioning, smart entry and starting, adaptive cruise control, a rear view camera and the latest generation multimedia system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto compatibility.
GXL and Urban grades add sat nav and LED headlights, with a Blind Spot Monitor and panoramic view rear-view camera on the Toyota Safety sense package. Urban variants get 18-inch alloys (16-inch for GX/GXL), plus a power tailgate with kick sensor, power-adjustable driver’s seat and heated front seats.
See your Toyota dealer for more details.
2021 Yaris Cross Pricing*
2WD petrol $26,990
2WD hybrid $28,990
AWD hybrid $31,990
2WD petrol $29,990
2WD hybrid $31,990
AWD hybrid $34,990
2WD petrol $32,990
2WD hybrid $34,990
AWD hybrid $37,990
*list pricing, excluding on-road costs