Toyota has launched a new GR Sport variant of the TNGA-based Yaris Cross which was first unveiled in April 2020 and went on sale in Japanese market in September 2020. In addition to some styling tweaks, Toyota has given the Yaris Cross GR Sport stiffer body and a revised suspension setup.
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The Yaris Cross GR Sport features extra bracing in the center of the underbody as well as at the rear. The Japanese automaker says this provides improved steering stability and less body roll. The revised suspension setup has lowered the ride height by 10 mm. Toyota has also tweaked the springs, shocks, and electric power steering for a more responsive performance. The Yaris Cross GR Sport rides on 18-inch Falken FK510 tires.
In terms of visual enhancements, the crossover gets mesh grilles added to the front and rear, red brake calipers and 10-spoke alloy wheels. Inside, the Yaris Cross GR Sport gets special front seats that are a mix of the material Air Nubuck and synthetic leather. There is a leather-wrapped three-spoke steering wheel with the GR logo on it, the shift knob gets a leather covering while the pedals get aluminum covers.
Under the hood, the Yaris Cross GR Sport is available with a choice of two 1.5L three-cylinder engines. The naturally aspirated version makes 118 hp while the hybrid variant generates 90 hp and gets an upgraded powertrain controller that provides an improved accelerator pedal response. Although the regular Yaris Cross is available with all-wheel drive option, this model only comes with a front-drive layout.
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The Toyota Yaris Cross GR Sport will go on sale in Japan in August 2022 with the naturally aspirated model starting at ¥2,367,000 (PKR 39.21 lac) while the hybrid one goes for ¥2,750,000 (PKR 45.54 lac).
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