Toyota's new entry-level SUV launches in its home country with more details revealed, along with sports-styled parts
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The upcoming 2021 Toyota Yaris Cross has made its Japanese-market debut this week, giving buyers a look at the wider line-up in its international form.

Coming to Australia in late 2020 as a rival to models like the Hyundai Venue and Mazda CX-3, the Yaris Cross will debut here with a choice of petrol and petrol-electric hybrid powertrains.

For our detailed coverage on the Yaris Cross's dimensions, engines and equipment highlights, see our earlier story here.

In Japan, the Yaris Cross SUV's safety suite will include Full Speed Range Radar Cruise Control, Lane Tracing Assist (LTA), and an Adaptive High-beam System (AHS), along with Pre-collision Safety System, Low Speed Acceleration Control, Emergency Steering Assist, and Road Sign Assist (RSA).

We can likely expect the Yaris Cross to launch in a high specification, with a starting price beginning above the new-generation Yaris hatch's $22,130 opening point – although it remains to be seen just how close it will come to the C-HR's $30,915 base. Some overlap is also sure to occur.

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Yaris Cross GR Parts, Modellista kits revealed

With this week's Japan-market launch, the Yaris Cross has also been decked out in the usual spread of over-the-top JDM (Japanese Domestic Market) styling pieces.

The Modellista name has been around in the Toyota line-up for some time, while the expanded presence of the GR brand (Gazoo Racing) in both performance and styling represents a relatively new feature of the range.

From the GR Parts catalogue, the Yaris Cross gets some off-road rally-ready style, maintaining its tall profile and sensible 18-inch alloy wheels (though smaller might suit the concept better), with mud guards and a number of new aerodynamic and cladding components.

The Modellista dives straight into road racer territory, with a set of bumper and body add-ons that would look at home in an early instalment of the Fast & Furious film franchise.

The look is rounded out with a new 19-inch wheel design, but, of course, there are no additional performance upgrades for either package.

As with recent Camry and RAV4 packages from TRD/GR and Modellista, we shouldn't expect to see these items offered officially in Australia – but if you want them, there's always a way.

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