This new small SUV based on the next-generation Yaris supermini三级成人视频 might have been one of the worst-kept-secret debuts slated for the cancelled Geneva motor show in early March, but it’s hard to blame Toyota for attempting an online “lockdown launch” for it.
三级成人视频Rest assured the press weren’t treated to the sight of Toyota executives delivering stirring speeches in their pyjamas via Zoom for this pint-sized sport utility, it was just a standard corporate video (the same as you’d get during the live reveal at any motor show) and a guarded press release giving limited information.
三级成人视频So aside from the excruciating “all urban, all SUV” slogan, what we learned is that the Yaris Cross will be launched next year and Toyota hopes it will sell about 150,000 annually which, with the regular Yaris hatchback, will represent about a third of all Toyota’s European sales.
The Yaris Cross will be built at the company's northern French factory in the Pas de Calais alongside the existing Yaris supermini.
三级成人视频These B-segment supermini-based SUVs (think Renault Captur, VW T-Cross, Ford Puma et al) were all the rage prior to the Covid-19 lockdown and there are few reasons to suppose that will change after; Toyota is aiming at taking about eight per cent of the market segment in Europe.
三级成人视频The car shares much of its mechanical specification with the Yaris hatchback; it has the same 2,560mm wheelbase, but is 240mm longer, with more interior space. The ground clearance is 30mm higher and the Cross version is taller and wider than the Yaris hatch, which Toyota is still struggling to launch in Europe.
三级成人视频It is based on the new Toyota New Generation Architecture (TNGA) platform, which posits a better driving experience partly because of a painstaking approach to lowering the centre of gravity. However, the raised height of these SUV-style vehicles won’t help in that regard, despite Toyota's claim to the contrary.
The Yaris Cross will be powered by the company's fourth-generation hybrid system, which in the latest Yaris is a 89bhp/88.5lb ft naturally-aspirated, 1.5-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine along with a more energy-dense lithium-ion battery pack, which is 27 per cent lighter and smaller than the outgoing nickel-metal-hydride unit - and can charge and discharge faster.
The revised transmission has a new and faster spinning (17,000rpm rather than 13,000rpm) main electric motor, which produces 80bhp/104lb ft and sits on its own main shaft separate from the smaller secondary motor. There’s a second oil pump to provide the additional lubrication and cooling that such motor speeds require.
三级成人视频Total hybrid system output for is 114bhp for both front- and four-wheel-drive versions, with CO2 emissions starting from below 120g/km for the FWD model and below 135g/km for the 4x4 AWD-i version.
The Yaris hatchback is also available as a non-hybrid, with the same petrol engine, but there's no word as to whether the Yaris Cross will have the same option. The unusual (for this segment) decision to include 4x4 capability is partly explained by the system's electrical rear drive which augments the mechanical front-drive set-up.
No prices yet, but Yaris Cross will be entering a highly competitive sector of the market, with a new range of rivals such as Ford's mild hybrid Puma, Nissan's new Juke and Volkswagen's new T-Cross.
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