Toyota has just enriched the range of its Yaris Cross SUV with the introduction of a new GR Sport version inspired by the achievements achieved by Toyota Gazoo Racing in several world championships (in particular 5 WEC titles and 2 WRC titles).
With exclusive exterior and interior features as well as a suspension optimized to offer even more dynamic and precise handling, the Yaris Cross GR Sport is a continuation of the current GR Sport versions of the Toyota Corolla, Toyota C-HR and Yaris, which are very successful.
The Yaris Cross GR Sport is characterized by new 18-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels with a glossy finish. The body benefits from a few sporty details such as an original rear diffuser, a specific grille with an exclusive black painted “hot stamp” pattern and discreet GR logos. The new gray chrome color is the signature color of the Yaris Cross GR Sport, only available in two-tone with black roof and pillars.
Inside, the sports front seats have new premium GR Sport upholstery in black perforated Ultrasuede™ with side bolsters in synthetic leather and red stitching. We find these stitching on the steering wheel and the gear stick.
The GR logo is prominent on the front headrests, start button, instrument panel and steering wheel. This GR Sport trim also receives specific decorative metallic silver inserts on the door panels and dashboard.
The Yaris Cross offers dynamic handling thanks to the performance of the GA-B platform. This acclaimed platform, proven on the 2021 Car of the Year Yaris, gives the Yaris Cross a low center of gravity, high rigidity and remarkable chassis balance. On the GR Sport version, the dynamic performance has been further enhanced with specific suspension tuning that gives the driver a better sense of steering, stability and grip.
In addition, the new GR Sport version retains all the qualities that enabled the Yaris Cross to win the title of World Urban Car of the Year in 2022. It benefits from Toyota’s experience in designing small cars and SUVs, and it stands out for its quality manufacturing and its functionality. Customers also appreciate combining the elevated driving position of an SUV with the dynamic handling of a sedan. Qualities developed by Toyota since the launch of the original RAV4, which was the first SUV in the world.
On a day-to-day basis, the Yaris Cross is particularly practical, with a 40-20-40 folding rear seat in particular and an adjustable boot floor allowing the boot to pass from 397 liters (with all seats in place) to a maximum of 1,097 litres. The car’s sophisticated architecture maximizes interior space within compact exterior dimensions that are ideal in the city.
Positioned among the higher-end versions of the Yaris Cross family, alongside the Yaris Cross Trail, the GR Sport receives a host of standard equipment, including dual-zone climate control, heated front seats, head-up display and tinted rear windows. . The Yaris Cross GR Sport is also equipped with the Toyota T-Mate suite of active safety and driver assistance systems.
There is, as an option, Toyota Teammate Advanced Park, a semi-autonomous parking system that uses a 360° camera and intelligent reversing radars. This system is only available with Toyota Touch® & Go.
The Yaris Cross GR Sport benefits from Toyota’s highly efficient 1.5-litre Hybrid Dynamic Force three-cylinder engine. With long-stroke architecture, ultra-fast combustion, a high volumetric ratio of 14:1 and temperature and pressure control, the Atkinson cycle achieves a significant thermal efficiency of 40%, producing more energy for every drop of fuel.
In terms of CO2 emissions and fuel economy, the performance of the Yaris Cross GR Sport is comparable to the Yaris Cross Trail 2WD.
Launched in 2021, the Yaris Cross was one of the best-selling Toyotas in Europe in the first half of 2022, with more than 77,000 units marketed, or 7.7% of the B-SUV segment and 48% of Yaris family sales this year. .
Orders for the new Yaris Cross GR Sport will open from late 2022.
According to the press release