In Europe, Toyota revealed a number of Yaris Cross updates. Together with better insulation, increased safety features, and a more potent hybrid drivetrain, the subcompact crossover now comes with more technology inside the cabin.
The updated model's exterior looks similar to that of its predecessor, but it now includes a new color option called Juniper Blue in the color palette. The top-tier Premiere Edition trim is distinguished by its unique shade of Urban Khaki, which is enhanced by new 18-inch alloy wheels and matching interior accents.
The most notable interior feature is the updated technology that puts it on par with rival models. A 7-inch or 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 9-inch or 10.4-inch infotainment touchscreen are available, depending on the trim level. Improvements have been made to the Toyota Smart Connect multimedia system, which now supports wireless connectivity for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as over-the-air updates.
The Yaris Cross, which debuted after the Yaris hatchback, now comes equipped with a Smart Digital Key that can also be used for remote control. All grades also have a more padded lower instrument panel cover and updated upholstery patterns.
The Hybrid 130 is the new powertrain option that combines a more powerful electric motor with a naturally aspirated 1.5-liter engine to produce 130 horsepower and 185 Nm of torque. The acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h now takes 10.7 seconds thanks to the power boost. In terms of CO2 emissions, the B-segment crossover continues to lead its segment with an average of between 103 and 122 g/km.
With 114 horsepower and 141 Nm of torque, the less powerful Hybrid 115 option is still offered. Because Toyota doesn't sell ICE-only variants of the B-SUV in Europe, it says that the self-charging hybrid technology is the "number one deciding factor" for buyers of the Yaris Cross.
Toyota installed a resonator on the intake hose, triple-layer insulation behind the dashboard, a dynamic damper on the left-side engine mount, and a felt layer extra on the cowl top silencer. To further reduce unwanted noises and vibrations, thicker glass was used for the side windows and windscreen.
Finally, new and improved features have been added to the Toyota T-Mate safety kit, which is standard on the entire Yaris Cross lineup.
The Adaptive Cruise Control is now smoother and faster, and the ADAS suite includes new features like the Pre-Collision System, Acceleration Suppression, Proactive Driving Assist, Safe Exit Assist, and Rear Seat Reminder System.
Online reservations for the refreshed Toyota Yaris Cross will begin later this month in select European markets. As the market launch date approaches, more specific pricing information will be released.