Toyota Yaris Cross gets the Adventure treatment

Updated Apr 02, 2021 | Same topic: Automotive Industry Updates

Toyota needs a proper subcompact crossover contender.     

As renowned as Toyota is among Filipinos for reliability, they don’t have all the bases covered yet as far as the local market is concerned. For instance, the subcompact crossover segment has been buzzing for quite a while now with numerous contenders to the throne, and Toyota is being uncharacteristically late to the party.

Toyota Yaris Cross Overview

However, one would argue that the carmaker has been keeping a close eye on the competition while tucking its own ace up its sleeve until the time was right. Finally, Toyota unveiled the Yaris Cross in 2020, sporting a design that resulted from a collaboration between the company’s Japanese and European design arms.

Yaris Cross

The standard Yaris Cross is already a head-turner

We previously reported that the Yaris Cross would be making its way here in the first quarter of the year, but with March drawing to a close, the model will have to take a rain check. As we’re still waiting for our turn for the standard variant, North American fans already get a more rugged trim level in the form of the Yaris Cross Adventure trim.

Yaris Cross Adventure

Toyota has pulled the covers off of the Yaris Cross Adventure for the North American market

It sports largely the same body cladding as the regular Yaris Cross, with a few differences such as the front diffuser and protection plate on the rear bumper. Silver rails adorn the blacked-out roof up top, while a set of 18-inch dark gray alloy wheels can be found down below, and those are exclusive to this trim level.   

The interior is retained from the regular Yaris Cross, for the most part, sporting the same head- and leg room for five occupants as well as niceties such as the touchscreen audio head unit. Added elements include more piano black trim and a black headliner, along with special seats.  

Yaris Cross Adventure interior

The interior is retained from the regular version, save for a few extras

We dare not wish for something as extravagant from Toyota (well, not yet anyway), as long as they can give us a timetable for the regular Yaris Cross first. Can the local market expect it along with the other anticipated arrivals this year? Your guess is as good as ours.

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Toyota leads the local automobile industry, distributed by Toyota Motor Philippines. It has a staggering total of 73 dealerships all over the country. It has 27 dealerships in Luzon, 15 in the Visayas, 11 in Mindanao, and 20 in Metro Manila, including Lexus Manila, Inc. for its service centers and sales distribution. TMP has the most extensive car lineup in the country, with its current range consisting of 20 vehicles in total. See the latest price list of Toyota vehicles in the Philippines here.

Joseph Paolo Estabillo

Joseph Paolo Estabillo


Joseph has been a member of various car clubs since he got his driver's license in 2004 – old enough to remember riding in taxicabs with analog meters, but his fascination with cars goes way back. After nearly two decades of working in broadcast media, he shifted gears by coming on board as Philkotse’s first Filipino member and staff writer in 2017.

Apart from his role in Philkotse as Content Team Lead, Joseph has written episodes for Drive, which has been airing on CNN Philippines for five seasons running. He has also delivered content for various car dealerships based in the U.S., spanning multiple brands such as Alfa Romeo, Maserati, Jeep, Dodge, among others.

Keeping his hopes high and his revs low, he dreams about owning a Kei car when he retires. Hates slow parkers.

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