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The Toyota Yaris Cross Electric Hybrid is a true small-scale SUV, and it's as spacious as it is practical.

The Toyota Yaris Cross Electric Hybrid is a true small-scale SUV, and it’s as spacious as it is practical.

Toyota has developed the new Yaris Cross with the European market in mind in particular with the aim of completing its SUV range and achieving leadership in the most important segment in some of its markets. The compact B-segment SUV of the Japanese firm is based on the Asian brand’s TNGA-B platform and is produced, together with the Yaris, at the Czech Kolin plant, of which it has been the sole owner since last January.

The Yaris Cross stands out in the Yaris family for presenting itself as a completely different car from the other two proposals. In aesthetic terms, it stands out for its robustness and for unprecedented elements in the Yaris range such as the shape of its front or rear lights, which are full led for the first time. The front end is consistent with its SUV status and certainly reminiscent of the RAV4. Its wheels up to 18 inches stand out, 17 as standard.

By size, it is nine centimeters taller than the Yaris, reaching 1.56 meters, and 24 centimeters longer, with a total of 4.18 meters.

Its trunk offers 397 liters of capacity, a figure that places it among the leaders of the segment.

Toyota Yaris Cross

The interior is very similar to that of the Yaris in terms of design, although again it presents new features such as the center console or the door panels, with new materials that enhance the sensation of perceived quality.

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The eight-inch floating screen is kept as access to the infotainment system.

The instrument panel is also renewed, with a display between the indicators of the load management and the levels that serves as a speedometer and offers extra information such as consumption or energy flow.

A single motorization

Mechanically, it has a single conventional hybrid engine with 116 hp and 120 Nm of maximum power torque from a 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine associated with a variable transmission eCVT gearbox.

Its 177.6 V battery is capable of generating twice the energy when braking and supplying 50% more power when accelerating. Although its autonomy is short, it can reach up to 130 kilometers per hour in electric mode.

It is available with front-wheel drive or intelligent AWD-i all-wheel drive, which allows an independent electric motor on the rear axle and offers a torque distribution only to the front axle or up to 40:60 for the rear according to the chosen driving mode. All in all, it certifies a consumption of between 4.7 and 5.1 liters per 100 kilometers and emissions of between 106 and 116 grams of CO2 per kilometer.

It is an easy car to drive, agile and comfortable in the city, with a very good turning radius and a high driving position that offers good visibility of the surroundings. On the road it offers a good balance between driving dynamics, agility and comfort for the occupants.

The engine it carries is more than enough to move around the city and on the road, and offers low consumption.

Toyota Yaris Cross

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The Toyota Yaris Cross is already on sale in Spain for a price that starts at 23,350 euros, and the brand offers, if financing is chosen, 1,850 euros discount. As standard, in its most basic finish, the Active Tech, already offers many of the functions of the Toyota Safety Sense, such as the pre-collision system with steering assistance, the adaptive cruise control, the recognition of signals, the maintenance system of lane and steering assist and central airbag.

The price range reaches 30,300 euros for the Premiere Edition, the most complete option with all-wheel drive. The Adventure trim also offers this 4×4 system, while the Active Tech, Style and Style Plus have only front-wheel drive.

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