Press - May 2020

Toyota Yaris Cross SUV, It’s cool, but not coming to South Africa

With the Subcompact SUV market becoming one of the more ferociously contended segments, with competition coming from all corners of the Global one may wonder if the recently updated CH-R is doing enough to fend off an ever-growing list of rivals. The B-segments popularity and the recent tech and safety updates to the 2020 CH-R serve to remind of Toyota’s contention with the Yaris Cross’ promise that slips in as their smallest crossover offering. Read our Launch review of the Updated CH-R –

Toyota Yaris Cross Specs

Based on Toyota’s GA-B platform that underpins the next Yaris with the same 2,560mm wheelbase but gaining 240mm in length. The Toyota Yaris Cross boasts a size increase to the tune of 90 mm width, 20 mm and 30 mm in ride height. Powering the Yaris is a new three-cylinder 1.5-litre engine hybrid system paired to All-Wheel Drive producing 85Kw total. The design draws a lot from other models in the range with the Rav-4 big brother coming out clearly at the rear, and the hard lines plastic wheel arch cladding that usually in SUV speak means ‘rough and ready‘ in very soft whispers.

Toyota Yaris Cross Suv in South Africa

With the Hyrbid focused drivetrain and therefore high entry price point, it’s highly unlikely the Toyota Yaris Cross will feature the same spec as the European model. More Sedate versions with FWD Yaris powertrains seems the obvious choice for what could be a massive headache for rivals, but for now, South Africa is not on the cards.