Fans of the Toyota brand may know the Yaris Cross to be a more practical take on the small hatchback. Its raised ride height gives it more versatility to tackle more “rugged” roads. Yet it has not escaped the hands of the Gazoo Racing folks and now, we have what Toyota dubs as the Yaris Cross GR Sport variant.
As the name may suggest, the Yaris Cros GR Sport is a sportier version of the little raised hatch. But Toyota says that while this may be true, it goes beyond cosmetic.
Sure, the Gr version gets mesh grilles front and rear, red brake calipers, and new wheels wrapped in Falken FK510 rubber. And the interior gets new seats trimmed in Air Nubuck and synthetic leather, as well as a host of GR badges.
Yet the biggest changes lie underneath the crossover body. For one, the Yaris Cross GR Sport version sits 10mm lower than the regular Yaris Cross. It also receives bracing situated at the center and at the rear to help improve steering, stability, and reduce body roll. Finally, the suspension bits have been tuned to improve handling.
The Toyota Yaris Cross GR Sport is powered by either a 1.5-liter three-cylinder making 118bhp, or a hybrid with the same 1.5-liter three-pot producing 91bhp. Both are front-wheel drive only.
Targeted at buyers looking for a sporty drive yet still need that bit of practicality, the Toyota Yaris Cross GR Sport will go on sale in Japan beginning this August. Will it make its way to our shores? Only time and Toyota Motor Philippines can tell.