All-new Toyota Yaris Cross

Toyota Yaris Cross (Urban hybrid AWD with optional black roof)Toyota has launched an all new model the Yaris Cross its first entry in the light SUV market.

This smallest class of SUV has some quirky vehicles such as the Suzuki Jimny and the Nissan Duke but with the Mazda CX3 now dominating sales and new models such as the VW T Cross, it is fast becoming a more main stream category.

Toyota’s Yaris Cross has a unique option: a hybrid model which has a four-wheel drive system but not in the usual way. A third electric motor drives the rear wheels in slippery or off-tarmac conditions when maximum traction is called for.

The hybrid AWD which costs an extra $3,000 is available in each of the three variants and a long list of safety features is standard across the range.

Prices range from $27,000 to $38,000 plus on road costs

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David’s boyhood passion for motor cars did not immediately lead to a professional role in the motor industry. A qualified Civil Engineer he specialised in traffic engineering and transport planning. What followed were various positions including being seconded to a government think-tank for the planning of transport firstly in Sydney and then for the whole of NSW. After working with the NRMA and as a consultant he moved to being an independent writer and commentator on the broader areas of transport and the more specific areas of the cars we drive. His half hour motoring program “Overdrive” has been described as an “informed, humorous and irreverent look at motoring and transport from Australia and overseas”. It is heard on 22 stations across Australia. He does weekly interviews with several ABC radio stations and is also heard on commercial radio in Sydney. David has written for metropolitan and regional newspapers and has presented regular segments on metropolitan and regional television stations. David is also a contributor for AnyAuto