The segment's 2020 sales leaders were the Renault Captur (177,556), Volkswagen T-Roc (158,776), Peugeot 2008 (156,150) and Dacia Duster (138,587), according to JATO. Through the August the T-Roc led the segment with 133,801 sales, followed by the 2008 (127,083), Captur (111,803) and Duster (96,728).
Toyota expects to sell 150,000 units of Yaris Cross annually starting in 2022, Toyota Europe CEO Matt Harrison told Automotive News Europe earlier this year. That volume would make it a top five model in the small SUV segment.
"The vast majority of our growth is coming from the Yaris Cross introduction," Harrison said.
Toyota has revised its 2021 sales targets upward to 1.2 million in its Europe region (which includes Russia and Turkey) from 1.1 million previously. It also now expects to sell 1.5 million cars in Europe by 2025, up from a previous goal of 1.4 million.
The Yaris Cross shares the Toyota New Global Architecture B-segment platform with the Yaris small hatchback.
Compared with the hatchback, the Yaris Cross is 95 mm taller (1595 mm), 20 mm wider (1765 mm) and 240 mm longer (4180 mm). The wheelbase on the cars is 2560 mm, but the Yaris Cross has an additional 25 mm of ground clearance (for a total of 170 mm).
The Yaris Cross and Yaris are both built at Toyota's plant in Valenciennes, northern France, where the automaker has invested 400 million euros to be able to produce the cars simultaneously on the same production line. The Yaris Cross and Yaris share their full-hybrid drivetrain.