The Toyota Yaris Cross SUV appeared on the market not so long ago, at the beginning of 2021, and turned out to be a very competitive segment of B-class subcompact crossovers. Toyota keeps its finger on the pulse and after just two and a half years, it has introduced an upgraded version. Although the update followed the same scenario as the basic Toyota Yaris hatchback.
Modest external changes affected only the most expensive Premiere package. It has a new two-tone Urban Khaki paint job and special 18-inch wheels. A new Juniper Blue body color became available for all other trim levels. In the cabin of all versions, new soft finishing materials for the lower part of the front panel and seat upholstery with an updated pattern have appeared. And the Premiere package includes stitching and decorative trim elements in the color of the Urban Khaki body.
Of course, it was not without updating the multimedia component. Fully virtual devices have appeared, and in two versions — with screens with a diagonal of 7.0 and 12.3 inches (the second one relies on the GR Sport and Premiere versions). The central screen of the media system has 7.0 or 10.5 inches — again, depending on the level of equipment. The device supports Apple CarPlay and Android Auto wireless protocols, updates “over the air” and has increased performance, “responsiveness”, a voice assistant and an electronic key in the smartphone. And Toyota is especially proud of its T-Mate electronic driver’s assistant system, which is now included in the basic equipment.
The main technical innovation was the appearance of the Hybrid 130 modification. The three-cylinder 1.5-liter atmospheric tank remained the same as the existing version of the Hybrid 115, but a new electric motor and control unit appeared. The combined output of the hybrid system increased from 116 hp and 141 Nm to 132 hp and 185 Nm, and the acceleration time to 100 km/h was reduced by half a second (to 10.7 seconds). Both hybrid versions will be sold in parallel, as well as the basic Yaris Cross with an atmospheric 1.5 (125 hp) and a variator without an electric suspension.
Toyota has not forgotten about comfort — primarily acoustic. New gasoline engine supports, additional layers of noise insulation under the front panel and hood, another resonator in the exhaust tract and thicker glass in a circle should make the Yaris Cross noticeably quieter. In Europe, updated parquet floors should appear in the coming months.