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Yaris Cross gets the GR treatment

Riley Riley

Following on the heels of the C-HR, Toyota’s baby Yaris Cross SUV has been given a GR Sport makeover.

Based on the Yaris Cross GXL 2WD hybrid, the GR Sport has received cosmetic and suspension changes, but alas no more power.

It can be identified as a part of the GR family thanks to its newly designed black grille with the distinctive ‘G’ mesh pattern found on other GR sports cars.

The same mesh pattern is applied to the rear bumper, with a sporty rear diffuser featuring four vertically oriented aerodynamic fins.

Mechanical changes re confined to 10mm lowered sports suspension which Toyota says improves handling and sharpens the steering response and feel.

Priced from $35,840, GR Sport sits between GXL and top of the range Urban  grades.

For the front suspension, engineers enhanced the spring constant and rigidity of the lower control arm, while an exclusive bound stopper has been added for the first time to control body roll and improve ride comfort.

At the rear, a grooved washer bolt evens out surface pressure for the suspension fastening bolt and improves rigidity at the joint for greater steering response.

Additional chassis improvements include the adoption of an underfloor brace and a second brace running along the lower rear of the vehicle connecting the cross members, further stiffening the TNGA-B underpinnings.

GR Sport is powered by a 1.5-litre hybrid powertrain pairing a three-cylinder petrol engine with a pair of motor generators on the front axle to produce a combined system output of 85kW.

Combined fuel consumption stands at 3.8L/100km, with CO2 emissions of 86 grams per km.

Unique 18-inch alloy wheels with a twin-five-spoke design and bright machined finish also help to differentiate GR Sport from the rest of the Yaris Cross range, housing sporty red brake callipers complete with GR logos on the front brakes.

Exclusive tyres have also been fitted for improved dynamic performance.

Black mirror caps and GR badging front and rear complete the set of visual exterior changes.

Inside, the GR Sport is immediately identified by unique seats featuring synthetic leather on the bolsters and perforated black suede-like upholstery in the centre, with contrast light grey stitching on the seats and steering wheel.

The front seats have also been redesigned for a more dynamic look and greater support.

GR logos adorn the headrests, steering wheel and smart keys, while aluminium pedals provide a race-inspired look.

Ornamental gun metal trim highlights are applied to the shift knob, instrument panel moulding and inner door trim, while suede-like material is also applied to the door trim inserts.

Convenience is improved with the addition of an extra USB-C port in the dash, while occupants are treated to clean, acclimatised air with the addition of the nanoe X air ionisation technology which helps to inhibit unwanted pollutants and viruses from the cabin.

Toyota’s Sean Hanley said the Yaris Cross GR Sport offers customers a sporty aesthetic and a more dynamic focus on driving characteristics reaffirming Toyota’s commitment to delivering ever better cars that are as exciting to drive as they look.


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