2022 Toyota Yaris Cross Adventure launched with powerful upgrades | Cars Blog

Starting price is about £26,465

The new Nissan Juke and Ford Puma rival, will be offered with a hybrid-only powertrain and optional four-wheel drive, designed to combine Toyota's successful small cars and SUVs.

The Toyota Yaris Cross made its first official appearance almost a year ago and it has already received a visual upgrade in the form of the Gazoo Racing treatment. There won’t be a proper performance version, but the automaker has just introduced another addition to the lineup. Meet the Yaris Cross Adventure.

The Adventure suffix corresponds to the crossover’s new most rugged trim level that is different in character compared to the Elegant grade, shown with the model’s debut last year. The new trim has been designed “for life beyond urban streets, for time spent exploring and enjoying the great outdoors and open roads.” 

Visually, the Adventure model is easily distinguishable by its rear bumper protection plate and new front diffuser. There are also silver roof rails and model-specific 18-inch alloy wheels with a dark grey finish. Toyota has created a similar off-road atmosphere in the interior by installing additional piano-black elements, black headlining, and special seats.

Adding further to the customisation and appearance potential of the Yaris Cross Adventure, Toyota will also sell the limited Premiere Edition model. It will be available during the first 12 months of the vehicle’s production with a number of upgrades, including exclusive leather seat upholstering, dedicated 18-inch machined alloy wheels, electric boot lid with kick sensor, head-up display, and dual-done finish.

Under the skin, there are no changes and the Yaris Cross Adventure will be available with an AWD hybrid setup consisting of a 1.5-litre petrol engine and an electric motor. With 116 bhp (87 kilowatts) on tap, it’s surely not the most exciting vehicle to drive, but Toyota promises this output is more than enough for the small crossover. 

The Cross is built on the Japanese company's TNGA-B platform and shares some common parts with the similarly sized Yaris supermini, with it being built at Toyota's plant in Onnaing, France. The company plans to sell 150,000 Yaris Cross models next year, with the goal of capturing an 8% market share in the European B-SUV segment. It estimates the Yaris lineup, which includes the supermini, SUV and GR Yaris hot hatch, will eventually account for a third of all sales in Europe.

Toyota says it chose to use the Yaris Cross moniker instead of giving the model a completely new nameplate to ensure a close association with the supermini, the most popular model in Europe. It also reflects the common background of the two machines, although the company says the two models are aimed at different customer groups.

Toyota says the Yaris Cross is intended to offer the "high-riding qualities of an SUV, but on a scale tailored to suit urban areas". The styling was honored by Toyota's design studios in Europe and Japan. Lance Scott, the firm's Europe design boss, said the design was based on the key words "robust and minimalistic" because they "expressed both compactness and agility, as well as the robustness and strength of an SUV".

Scott said the exterior has been sculpted to feature a diamond shape when viewed from the top, with a focus on a strong horizontal axis and enlarged, squared wheel arches to reflect its SUV credentials. He added: "We wanted to keep the DNA of Toyota's SUV line-up but at the same time give Yaris Cross its own identity."

The Yaris Cross will be available in five editions, including a limited run Premiere Edition. The new level Icon trim will offer features including 16-inch wheels, an 8.0-inch infotainment system and a reversing camera. The £24,140 design trim adds 17-inch wheels, front and rear LED lights, aluminum roof rails and a 7.0-inch digital driver information display. Excel models cost from £26,745 and add 18-inch wheels, a 9.0-inch infotainment screen, and heating for the front seats and steering wheel.

The stiffer-looking Dymanic trim starts at £26,465 and adds styling that 'emphasizes the car's suitability for urban street life', including increased front body protection. and at the rear, a set of silver roof rails and 18in wheels with a dark gray finish. Premiere Edition models have leather seats, a 10-inch infotainment screen, a JBL sound system and two-tone paint, and are priced from £28,185.

Both Dynamic and Premiere Editions are available with the option of all-wheel drive, priced at £28,825 and £30,545 respectively.

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