Toyota aims to win an 8 percent share of Europe's small SUV market in Europe with its new Yaris Cross.
The Yaris Cross will go on sale next year and its launch will mark Toyota's entry into the booming small SUV segment, which last year accounted for more than 2 million sales in Europe, according to data from JATO Dynamics.
The small SUV will be built for European markets at Toyota's factory in Valenciennes, France, at a rate of 150,000 unit a year, Toyota said on Thursday. The Yaris small hatchback is produced at the plant. The Yaris Cross will also be sold in Japan and Australia, with production for those markets coming from Japan.
The Yaris Cross is based on the same version of the company’s TNGA global platform as the latest-generation Yaris.
The Yaris Cross will be available initially as a gasoline-electric full hybrid using the same drivetrain as the Yaris hybrid, which is based around a 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine for a combined power output in the Cross of 116 hp.
A conventional 1.5-liter gasoline engine version will also be offered in some markets. "Some markets we expect to be exclusively hybrid, other hybrids may offer a gasoline engine," a Toyota spokesman said.
The Yaris Cross will offer front-wheel-drive or all-wheel-drive that electrically sends power to the rear axle under acceleration or in moments of low grip. The awd version uses a more sophisticated multi-link rear suspension while the fwd model has a beam rear suspension.
Toyota said the hybrid will have CO2 emissions of under 90 grams per km for the front-wheel-drive model and below 100g/km for the awd version under NEDC tests. Those figures increase under the WLTP cycle to below 120g/km and below 135g/km, Toyota said.