2023 Yaris Cross GR SPORT
POWER AND DRIVING PLEASURE
The Yaris Cross joins its sibling Yaris hatchback model with the new “dual hybrid” powertrain offering in adopting fifth generation Toyota hybrid technology in a new powertrain option, the “Hybrid 130”. This offers a wider choice to new B-segment customers downsizing their vehicle, without sacrificing performance.
The established 1.5-litre full hybrid electric system has been equipped with a new transaxle that features a larger and more powerful electric motor-generator (MG1). This, together with adjustments to the power control unit (PCU), delivers a 14% increase in total system output, from 116 DIN hp/85 kW to 132 DIN hp/97 kW. At the same time, the MG2 motor’s torque has been increased across the entire rev band, with the maximum rising by 30% from 141 to 185 Nm.
The result is faster acceleration, with the 0-100 km/h time reduced by half a second to 10.7 seconds and the 80-120 km/h overtaking benchmark brought down by 0.4 seconds to 8.9 seconds. Where CO2 emissions are concerned, the impact is modest with the new system achieving a best-in-class 103-122 g/km.
These statistics are only part of the story; equally significant is the impact on the driving experience. Engine, drive motor and hybrid battery performance have all been maximised in the Hybrid 130. This, together with a higher level of torque at all engine speeds, gives the car a more dynamic and responsive feel with acceleration and deceleration performance that adds enjoyment to every drive, whether on urban streets or out on the open road. Drive motor assistance in response to the driver’s use of the accelerator has been enhanced to help produce faithful handling and a linear acceleration feel.
The car’s agile, confidence-inspiring performance is further supported by the capability of its GA-B platform, with the fundamental benefits of a low centre of gravity and a highly rigid body.
The new Hybrid 130 powertrain will be introduced in the high grade models, including the new Premiere Edition and GR SPORT. The line-up will continue to offer the established 116 DIN hp/85 kW hybrid system, now known as the “Hybrid 115”.
The hybrid electric powertrain is the number one deciding factor for people choosing to buy Yaris Cross. With its 100% hybrid line-up and the unique-in-class option of two different powertrains, customers now have more choice than ever to suit their needs.