The Toyota Yaris Cross – the Japanese brand’s first pint-size SUV – will cost big bucks when it arrives in local showrooms from next month.
Pricing announced today confirms the Toyota Yaris Cross will be available with a choice of petrol or hybrid power, in two-wheel-drive and electric all-wheel-drive.
The cheapest model in the Toyota Yaris Cross line-up starts from $26,990 plus on-road costs (about $29,990 drive-away) while the dearest tops out at $37,990 plus on-road costs (about $41,000 drive-away). Metallic paint adds $500 and two tone paint adds $450.
There are three model grades of the petrol-only, front-wheel-drive, three model grades of the hybrid front-wheel-drive, and three model grades of the hybrid all-wheel-drive, using an electric motor to supplement the driveline.
Here is the full line-up below. All prices are excluding on-road costs. As a guide, add about $3000 for an estimate on a drive-away price.
Toyota Yaris Cross GX
• 2WD petrol $26,990
• 2WD hybrid $28,990
• AWD hybrid $31,990
Toyota Yaris Cross GXL
• 2WD petrol $29,990
• 2WD hybrid $31,990
• AWD hybrid $34,990
Toyota Yaris Cross Urban
• 2WD petrol $32,990
• 2WD hybrid $34,990
• AWD hybrid $37,990
Although the RRP overlaps the much larger Toyota RAV4 (starting from $32,695), and the Ford Puma ($29,990 to $35,540), Mazda CX-3 ($28,650 to $38,540) and Nissan Juke ($27,990 to $36,490), Toyota maintains the Yaris Cross is competitively priced. (Note: all prices shown are before on-road costs.)
In a media statement, Toyota Australia vice president, sales and marketing, Sean Hanley, said the new Yaris Cross “was competitively priced to appeal to the growing demand for small SUVs”.
“It's no secret that the SUV market continues to grow, and Toyota has answered that customer demand with its first entry into the light SUV market with the all-new Yaris Cross,” said Mr Hanley.
“Toyota was a pioneer in the small SUV market when we first launched the RAV4 in 1994, and the new Yaris Cross offers customers the ideal combination of style and functionality in a compact city-friendly package at an affordable price.”
Toyota has confirmed front-wheel-drive petrol variants of the Yaris Cross will be powered by the same 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine (88kW/145Nm) and continuously variable automatic transmission (CVT) deployed in the regular Yaris hatch.
As with the Yaris hatch, Toyota’s unique “direct shift” CVT has a mechanical first gear and 10 preset ratios, to mimic a torque converter automatic.
Toyota Yaris Cross Hybrid models are powered by a detuned “Atkinson Cycle” version of the 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine combined with up to three electric motors (two for the front-drive, and three on all-wheel-drive variants).
Exact power and torque figures for the Yaris Cross Hybrid variants are yet to be revealed, however in its most basic guise, the regular Yaris Hybrid hatch has a combined maximum output of 85kW/141Nm.
Toyota says the Yaris Cross Hybrid has a claimed fuel consumption average of 3.8L/100km, and all models will be able to run on regular 91-octane unleaded.
All Toyota Yaris Cross models will come with the full suite of Toyota advanced safety tech, including twin centre seat-mounted airbags, as per the regular hatch.
In addition, the Yaris Cross will be the first Toyota sold in Australia to automatically dial a Toyota emergency centre after a crash in which airbags have been deployed.
Unlike Ford's '000' emergency call technology – which relies on a phone being paired via Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, or Android Auto – the Toyota system uses a mobile phone SIM embedded in the car.
Toyota is yet to clarify how long the SIM card will be paid for, or whether customers need to pay an annual fee. This information will be released when the car goes on sale on 2 November 2020.
While Ford’s ‘000’ technology calls emergency services directly, but the Toyota system initially notifies a Toyota call centre.
The Toyota system does, however, pinpoint the exact location of the crashed car to enable a faster response from emergency services.
Meanwhile, Toyota Yaris Cross GXL and Urban grades also gain satellite navigation, LED headlights and further safety features including blind spot monitor and a panoramic view rear view camera, while the top-of-the-range Urban models also get larger 18-inch alloys (16-inch for GX/GXL), power driver and heated front seats, and a power tailgate with kick sensor.
Toyota says as with the rest of its model range, the Yaris Cross will be covered by a five-year/unlimited kilometre warranty for private buyers. The petrol engine and driveline have a seven-year warranty, while the hybrid battery pack has 10-year coverage.
Service intervals are 12 months/15,000km, whichever comes first, and are capped at $205 for each of the first five visits for routine maintenance within the Toyota dealer network.
Local test drive impressions of the 2021 Toyota Yaris Cross are under embargo until 5 November, 2020, when the vehicle is officially due on sale. Be sure to check back on CarAdvice for our review of the Toyota Yaris Cross and Toyota Yaris Cross Hybrid.