Toyota is expanding its compact SUV range while adding a little bit of spice at the same time with the introduction of the Yaris Cross GR Sport.
Much like the Corolla and C-HR GR Sport editions, the new trim level won’t be a fully fledged performance car like the GR Yaris hatchback but will feature exclusive exterior and interior features alongside retuned suspension for improved handling.
New 18-inch 10-spoke alloy wheels, a redesigned rear diffuser, and a new front grille distinguish the Yaris Cross GR Sport from the rest of the lineup. Bodywork is finished in a new Dynamic Grey colour with the option of a two-tone scheme with a contrasting black roof and pillars.
Inside, the front sports seats feature new grey upholstery with red stitching unless you opt for the alternative black perforated suede seats, also featuring red stitching.
The GR logo can be found on the front headrests, starter button and steering wheel while GR Sport-specific gunmetal silver trim inserts are located in the door inserts and instrument panel.
Based on the same GA-B platform as the Yaris hatchback, the Cross GR-Sport inherits the same low centre of gravity and rigid body characteristics while providing sharpened performance courtesy of retuned suspension.
The GR Sport retains the same construction and drivetrain as the Limited Hybrid meaning it receives the same front-wheel drive 1.5-litre hybrid engine that produces a combined output of 85kW and 120Nm.
Toyota New Zealand has confirmed that the Yaris Cross GR Sport will be sold locally and is set to arrive in early 2023.