Toyota introduces Yaris Cross in Thailand

Toyota introduces Yaris Cross in Thailand

B-segment five-door hatch gets improved engine and stylish high-riding package.

Toyota Motor Thailand has launched a high-riding version of its B-segment hatchback called Yaris Cross.

But rather than selling it as a distinctive model in Thai showrooms, the local Toyota office is offering the upgrade in a pack of accessories.

Worth 35,000 baht in total, the mods include all-round skirts, black-coated roof, bespoke 16in alloys and moldings on the wheel arches.

As well, the ride height can be made 30mm higher thanks to new springs and dampers.

Toyota has also taken the opportunity to update the regular Yaris hatchback with a new petrol engine made compatible with Ecocar II rules. This motor was first announced in the Yaris Ativ sedan last week.

This Yaris isn’t to be confused with the next-generation model that has already been unveiled for Australia, Europe and Japan earlier this year. The one currently sold in Thailand is the third-gen model which is now six years old.

Like in the Yaris Ativ, prices of the Yaris have increased slightly despite being able to attract lower excise tax due to lower CO2 emissions (120g/km for Ecocar I and 100g/km for Ecocar II).

There are three grades for the Yaris hatch: Entry 539,000 baht, Mid 589,000 baht and High 649,000 baht.

The improved 1.2-litre petrol engine (3NR-FXE) features electrically controlled variable valve system, abbreviated VVT-iE. Power rises from 86hp to 92hp, while fuel efficiency improves from 20kpl to 23.3kpl.


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