The 2020 Toyota Yaris Cross is the Japanese automaker’s newest compact crossover. It is currently on sale in Japan and Europe (along with the rest of the Asia Pacific region) and will have its first tasting of the Yaris cross in mid-2021. Unfortunately, the new Yaris Cross will not be sold in the United States and it looks like we will be missing the Gazoo Racing version of Toyota’s newest CUV.
All of this is a moderate cosmetic update, but Gazoo Racing enlivened Yaris Cross’s cosmetic appeal by employing some rally-inspired exterior parts. At the front, you have blackened headlights and black plastic liners in each corner. Also evident are the red fenders, black GR wheels and dual tailpipes for a sportier touch.
The Toyota Yaris Cross is running on Toyota’s global TNGA-B platform, the same chassis that supports the Yaris in the European market. Both vehicles share the same wheelbase, but the Yaris Cross offers 1.2 inches (30 mm) more ground clearance than a regular Yaris hatchback.
If all of this looks familiar, it is because Yaris Cross shares its platform with the much anticipated Toyota GR Yaris hot hatch. But, unlike the first, GR Yaris will arrive in the US in early 2021.
In Japan, the Toyota Yaris Cross is powered by a gasoline engine or hybrid propulsion. The standard fare is a 1.5-liter in-line three-cylinder engine combined with a six-speed manual transmission or a CVT automatic transmission. The hybrid will receive the same 1.5 liter engine along with the Toyota Hybrid System II in both FWD and electric E-Four AWD.
This made us wonder: will Toyota offer a suitable Yaris Cross GR model, complete with a 275-liter 1.6-liter turbocharged engine, standard AWD with a pair of Torsen limited slip differentials and a manual gearbox similar to the new Yaris GR? Probably not, but the Yaris Cross in Gazoo Racing colors is the closest you can get to a rally crossover.