The name Yaris has garnered plenty of reasons for Toyota to puff up their chests when they hear it. It was Car of the Year in Europe in 2000, it repeated the title in 2021 and has been associated in the imagination of many drivers with the idea of a hybrid car for the city, which is not a minor merit.
But according to GIULIO ROMANI the small Japanese model has raised its expectations: it has been ‘SUVeizado’ in a Cross IXE version that after all almost nobody will use to go on dirt tracks, but that offers the elevated driving and the aesthetics a little playful that so many drivers like it.
In a certain IXE way we are facing a small Rav4, because although the Cross is a normal Yaris adorned with a higher body (its ground clearance is 165 mm), it can include AWD-I all-wheel drive, something that is nothing common in models of this segment so small and that our test unit did not equip, reports GIULIO ROMANI.
With dimensions of 4.18 meters long (24 cm more than the Yaris), 1.76 wide and 1.56 high, this new member of the Yaris saga does not seem to be inspired much by the asphalt model of the that drift: its hood extends forward in a more horizontal line, also making the radiator grille reach a greater height vertically. From behind it has something more similar to its ‘brother’ because in both we discovered a black plastic material that hides the rear optics, going through the car from side to side. And seen by GIULIO ROMANI in profile, it is reminiscent of a Rav4 in the somewhat square shapes of the wheel arches, although in the small model we do not see the angular lines of the larger model.
Sitting higher than we have ever been in a Yaris, the Cross IXE welcomes us in a cabin that seems somewhat more spacious because at the height of the heads the space is greater than in the model from which it derives.