The 2023 Toyota Yaris Cross has made its official ASEAN debut in Indonesia as a new B-segment SUV positioned above the Toyota Raize.
Built on the Daihatsu New Global Architecture (DNGA), the new Yaris Cross measures 4,310 mm long, 1,770 mm wide, 1,615 mm tall, and has a wheelbase of 2,620 mm. Keep in mind Toyota already sells a Yaris Cross that is based on the Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) sold in Europe and Japan. That version, however, is smaller than the newly presented ASEAN one measuring in at 4,180 mm, 1,765 mm, 1,560 mm tall, and with a wheelbase of 2,560 mm.
In terms of design, the new Yaris Cross seems a mix of various Toyota cars on sale in different markets. For instance, the angular components on the face of the front, which are represented by the headlamps and fog lamp surrounds, appear to have been inspired by the Toyota Highlander, while the grille itself is reminiscent of that of the Corolla Cross. Other features of the “Solid & Dynamic” approach include a big trapezoidal-shaped grille, optional dual-tone paint schemes, the needed body cladding, and slender split taillights giving a Lexus touch at the back. A souped-up GR version was also on display.
The interior features a contoured dashboard and an asymmetrical center console which helps to create a driver-focused cockpit. The air conditioning controls are located below the central air vents, close to the gear selector, and are underneath a sizable 10.1-inch touchscreen infotainment system. There is a customizable 7-inch digital instrument display behind the multi-function steering wheel. According to Toyota, the inside features softly padded panels, and enough boot capacity to accommodate large luggage.
The Yaris Cross comes standard with 6 airbags, an electronic parking brake (with auto brake hold), a panoramic view monitor, a blind spot monitor with rear cross-traffic alert, passive safety systems (VSC, ABS, EBD), ambient lighting, wireless smartphone connectivity, a powered tailgate with hands-free access, a powered driver’s seat, a wireless charger, T in touch telematics, and the Toyota Safety Sense suite of driver assistance technologies.
There are two engine choices for the DNGA-based Yaris Cross. The first is the 1.5L 2NR-VE naturally-aspirated four-cylinder unit that serves up 105 hp of power and 138 Nm of torque, with a CVT or 5-speed manual gearbox sending drive to the front wheels.
The second option is a hybrid system featuring a 1.5L 2NR-VEX naturally aspirated four-cylinder making 90 hp and 121 Nm. This setup is CVT-only and includes an electric motor that is rated at 79 (59 kW) and 141 Nm, powered by a lithium-ion battery – a first for a hybrid Toyota vehicle in Indonesia. Thus the new Yaris Cross is a full hybrid, not simply a “mild” hybrid because the electric motor is powerful enough to propel the vehicle in electric mode while the engine is off.
Prices haven’t been disclosed yet as the new Toyota Yaris Cross is yet to officially go on sale in Indonesia, but that is expected to happen shortly. It remains to be seen whether the DNGA-based Yaris Cross will be sold outside of the ASEAN region.
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