2021 Toyota Yaris Cross unveiled with AWD, hybrid to stir B-segment

Updated Sep 15, 2020 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates
Meet the Toyota Yaris Cross, Toyota’s latest crossover to rival the Juke and other small crossovers.

Details about the 2021 Toyota Yaris Cross are out. If you remember, Toyota launched the all-new, fourth-generation XP210 Yaris hatchback earlier this year. It rides on the Toyota New Global Architecture GA-B platform, and boy did it get many car enthusiasts and Toyota fans excited.

Toyota was in preparation to launch the crossover version of the new XP210 Yaris at the Geneva Motor Show, but that didn't push through since it got canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

However, that didn’t stop the Japanese marque from unveiling the Yaris-based crossover, albeit, online. So, what’s it look like?

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A picture of the all-new 2021 Toyota Yaris Cross

The Yaris Cross looks like this. Pretty rad, right?

2021 Toyota Yaris Cross: It’s pretty

Size-wise, the 2021 Toyota Yaris Cross is compact because this new crossover is positioned just below the Toyota C-HR. When comparing it to the XP210 Yaris, however, the Yaris Cross measures 90mm taller. Its 4,180mm length also allows it to feature longer overhangs. The wheelbase, on the other hand, measures 2,560mm – just like the regular Toyota Yaris it is based on.

A picture of the side of the Toyota Yaris Cross

We reckon that it'll have more wiggle room for its passengers

The new Yaris Cross is also 20mm wider than its hatchback brother so this might mean that it also has better elbow room for its passengers.

When talking about its styling, the Yaris Cross isn’t as quirky as the C-HR, and yes, it does stick close to the Toyota Yaris hatchback currently on sale especially with regards to its front fascia. It is, however, very aggressive with its eagle-eyed, pouting front end, and its bulging, black plastic-clad wheel arches.

A picture of the rear of the all-new Toyota Yaris Cross

Also, some markets will be getting an optional power tailgate

2021 Toyota Yaris Cross: Engine

The Yaris Cross is a hybrid. It makes use of a 1.5 liter inline-3 gasoline engine, combined with an electric motor.

With those two working together, it can make around 116 horsepower, which is frankly more than enough for a city going crossover. Do note that the Yaris Cross has all-wheel-drive so it can also deal with a bit of rough, muddy roads when you need it to.

A picture of the Toyota Yaris Cross

Its AWD might even be enough to handle some sand

2021 Toyota Yaris Cross: We want it

As of now, Toyota has announced that the Yaris Cross is going to be available for the Japanese and European markets. There’s no word yet whether Toyota Philippines is bringing in this exciting new crossover model but, here’s to hoping.

A picture of the Toyota Yaris cross' interior

Toyota fans, check out that interior. It's clean and well-arranged

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Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar learned how to drive a car years before he got his license. Today, he's still looking for that perfect '90s Japanese coupe to drive into the sunset while listening to Crazy Little Love by Nuage. Also has a thing for badass off-road vehicles and weird engine swaps.