Just as we were promised, Toyota she’s determined to build high-performance versions of virtually every model she sells, including a Hilux that’s already in the oven. At the lower end of the range is the succulent GR Yaris, which boasts the most powerful three-cylinder engine ever installed in a production car.
Of the conventional Yaris there will also be a more jacket variant that the Korean firm has baptized as Toyota yaris cross, a model destined to conquer users looking for a crossover of segment B with hybrid motorization. It will be one notch below the popular C-HR that has been so successful.
It is still too early to know if we will know a high-performance variant of the Yaris Cross, but to open our mouth Toyota has just presented in Japan a Yaris Cross tuned by Gazoo Racing. As usual, the changes focus on the aesthetic section, leaving aside the mechanical optimizations.
In the Gazoo Rancing catalog, those interested can find 18-inch black alloy wheels, a sports exhaust system with dual tips, fenders in two colors, tinted rear windows and multiple accessories for the bumpers, the side skirts and the interior.
Recall that the only engine announced for the Yaris Cross in Europe is the 1.5 HSD with 116 hp which also uses the latest generation Yaris. They have automatic transmission and a simple traction system on the front axle, which guarantees good consumption and reasonable performance.
In other countries it will also be marketed with a 1.5-liter petrol block with 120 hp in combination with a six-speed manual or CVT automatic gearbox. The Yaris Cross will hit the European market during first half of next year and it promises a very complete endowment at all levels, standing out in safety.