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

Updated Apr 15, 2021 | 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?

>>> Related: Watch out for latest Toyota Yaris 2021 price list in the country

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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Know more about Toyota Yaris 2022

Toyota Yaris

Like its brothers in other Southeast Asian markets, the Philippine-spec Toyota Yaris is a five-door subcompact hatchback based on the Toyota Vios sedan. Locally, it is available in two variants: the Yaris E 1.3 AT and the Yaris S 1.5 AT. Toyota Yaris price Philippines starts at ₱973,000 for the entry-level E 1.3 AT, while the top-of-the-line Toyota Yaris S 1.5 AT is priced at ₱1,114,000

Both trims of the 2021-2022 Toyota Yaris Philippines utilize a 1.5-liter inline-4 gasoline engine capable of making up to 106 horsepower and 140 Nm of torque. For both Yaris variants, both come with a continuously variable transmission with a paddle shifter manual-mode. 

Size-wise, the Toyota Yaris measures 4,140mm long, 1,730mm wide, and 1,500mm in height. It also has a wheelbase length of 2,550mm, and a ground clearance of 140mm. 

In the local market, the Toyota Yaris’ competitors includes the likes of the Volkswagen Santana GTS, Honda City hatchback, Mazda2, Suzuki Swift, etc. 

₱ 973,000 - ₱ 1,114,000

Cesar G.B. Miguel

Cesar G.B. Miguel


Cesar Guiderone B. Miguel was born and raised in Iligan City, Lanao Del Norte. He graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in English degree from Mindanao State University - Iligan Institute of Technology. He previously worked as a freelance writer for various websites, as a member of the Iligan City Disaster Risk Reduction Management's training staff, and as a medical sales representative.

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