Toyota’s newest hybrid SUV, the Yaris Cross, is set to arrive in Ireland in October, and Toyota says this vehicle is a car both for adventure and inner city driving.
The new model’s essential ruggedness can be seen in the front under-run and a lower bumper protection plate at the rear. The specification also includes a set of silver roof rails as standard and 18-inch alloy wheels with a dark grey finish.
Available in four grades, Luna, Luna Sport, Sol and Adventure, Yaris Cross is priced from €27,260 and €200 per month on Toyota Finance PCP (excluding delivery and related fees ).
Toyota says this all-hybrid Yaris Cross range is designed to be the world’s safest compact car with a segment first centre airbag which protects passengers from bumping into each other in the event of a side impact. There are also new collision mitigation features which provides increasing safety at intersections and emergency steering assist.
Built on Toyota's new global architecture (TNGA ) platform, Toyota says the Yaris Cross’s highly rigid body provides added passenger and cabin protection in the event of a collision. Other key safety features, pedestrian detection that works in both daylight and night time conditions, and cyclist detection that works in daylight.
Toyota says it is the only compact hybrid SUV to offer the intelligent all-wheel drive system (AWD-i ) which automatically switches from front-wheel-drive to all-wheel-drive depending on road conditions, offering customers an enhanced layer of safety.The intelligent all-wheel-drive system comes standard with a manually-selected mode to enhance vehicle stability in tricky road conditions.
With high body rigidity, a low centre of gravity and a well-balanced chassis, Toyota says motorists will enjoy "agile, nimble and sure-footed handling along with excellent ride comfort".
The new hybrid B-segment SUV has a distinctly different character, shown at the model’s world premiere in 2020. The Adventure grade emphasises the car’s suitability for life beyond urban streets with the front under-run and a lower bumper protection plate at the rear. The specification also includes a set of silver roof rails as standard and 18-inch alloy wheels with a dark grey finish.
In the cabin, the Yaris Cross Adventure’s features piano black trim details and a black headlining. The supportive leather-like seats are upholstered in an Adventure grade design and there is a deco line across the black, soft-touch instrument panel and inner door mouldings, finished in Yaris Cross’s signature Brass Gold colour. Leather is used for the steering wheel and shift lever gaiter.
Although built on the same GA-B platform - part of the modular TNGA platform - Yaris Cross has a higher driving position and increased ground clearance than the latest Yaris. The hybrid powertrain is also available on all versions of the Yaris Cross, based on the 116 DINhp 1.5-litre Atkinson cycle fourth generation system which debuted in the new Yaris hatchback. The system’s efficiency is expected to deliver CO2 emissions from 101g/km in the front-wheel drive Yaris Cross, and 115g/km in the AWD-i models.
Other grades of Yaris Cross feature front and rear LED lights, including sequential turning lamps in the rear, and robust side sill and wheel arch mouldings. The side mouldings have a Yaris Cross badge insert either in silver or Warm Gold depending on vehicle colour.
Yaris Cross offers customers wireless mobile device connectivity through Toyota Smart Connect, featuring industry-standard cross-device support for the first time on a core Toyota model. Centred on the large nine inch high-definition multimedia display (grade dependent ), navigation boasts cloud-based live map updates, real-time traffic information and road events, and points of interest searches online.
Yaris Cross features a flexible cargo deck board (grade dependent ),which can be adjusted in height or split into two to offer secure underfloor storage or increased luggage space on demand, allowing each rear seat to be individually folded, to accommodate skis, mountain bikes or a week’s holiday luggage with the ability to secure the cargo with fixation rings.
Toyota Ireland's marketing director Michael Gaynor says with small SUVs dominated by petrol or diesel, the new Yaris Cross will be exclusively hybrid, offering consumers a unique option of a self-charging hybrid that can drive in zero emissions for up to 80 per cent of the time.
"The onboard EV indicator is a really engaging feature that now allows drivers to see when they’re driving in pure EV mode.”
Prices and specifications are now available on Toyota.ie Contact local Toyota dealer Tony Burke Motors to arrange an appointment for the Yaris Cross preview event on Tuesday September 7 from 9am to 5pm in its Toyota showroom in Ballybrit.
Call Tony Burke Motors on 091 480123 or register online at www.TonyBurkeMotors.ie