Toyota Yaris Cross sits on the DNGA platform and is powered by a 1.5L petrol or a 1.5L petrol/hybrid engine
Toyota has unveiled the 2023 Yaris Cross for the Indonesian market and is solely developed for Southeast Asian nations. The all-new five-seater has several commonalities with the Raize compact SUV and the Avanza premium MPV as it is underpinned by Daihatsu’s DNGA (Daihatsu New Global Architecture), which, in turn, is derived from the flexible TNGA.
The Toyota Yaris Cross for Indonesia is totally different from the Yaris Cross sold in the European market and they are easily distinguishable right from the styling. As for the dimensions, it has an overall length of 4.31 m and a wheelbase length of 2.62 m making it longer as well as having a longer wheelbase compared to the Hyundai Creta.
On the outside, the midsize SUV gains a pair of slim headlamps with integrated LED Daytime Running Lights, piano black grille inserts surrounded by a metallic trim, wide air intake on the bumper, a prominent skid plate, triangular-shaped housing for fog lamps, bonnet with muscular creases, thick black wheel arch cladding, lower side cladding, stylish alloy wheels and black finished pillars.
In all honesty, the front end is rather tame looking mainly the trapezoidal grille assembly. Elsewhere you could find, sturdy roof rails, chromed window line, a glass area behind the D-pillar, sleek LED tail lamps, an upright tailgate and a rear faux skid plate. The interior gains a floating touchscreen infotainment system, layered dashboard, a digital cluster, connected car features, automatic climate control, cruise control, panoramic sunroof and so on.
As for the performance, the Toyota Yaris Cross uses a 1.5L four-cylinder petrol engine producing a maximum power output of 104 PS and 138 Nm of peak torque while a hybrid system is also available as an option. The gasoline mill develops 90 PS and 121 Nm while the electric motor is capable of 79 PS and 141 Nm, and is linked with an e-CVT.
The Japanese manufacturer already sells the Urban Cruiser Hyryder in India as a direct rival for the Hyundai Creta and thus the chances of the Yaris Cross making it to local shores is slim to none. Next up, the brand is expected to launch a badge-engineered version of the Ertiga and the Fronx.