Toyota Yaris Cross Gets Gazoo Racing Upgrades, Mud Flaps Included

Toyota has promised to make high-performance versions of everything it sells. That’s right – even a workaholic like the Hilux gets the Gazoo Racing treatment. In fact, the van has already received a few GR tweaks in 2018 for a special edition, while a full-fledged performance variant is reportedly in the works with a torquetastic V6 diesel.

The pint-sized Yaris is another example of Toyota’s desire to release faster versions of virtually all of its models. The GR Yaris is a 257-horsepower, all-wheel-drive pocket rocket fitted with the most powerful three-cylinder ever installed in a production car. The supermini recently spawned a small crossover that goes by the simple name of Yaris Cross. While a performance-focused derivative has yet to be revealed, Gazoo Racing does present the next best thing.

In Japan, where the Yaris Cross will go on sale for the first time this fall before arriving in Europe next summer, Gazoo Racing presents a catalog of accessories for the urban crossover. Although our Japanese is a bit rusty, the pictures show that buyers can opt for black 18-inch alloy rims and a dual-tip sports exhaust system.

There are other ways to accessorize the Yaris Cross, including fenders, tinted rear windows and body accessories on the corners of the front bumper as well as the side doors for a larger visual effect. Gazoo Racing’s catalog for Toyota’s small crossover also includes a sun visor and trunk mat, not to mention a carbon fiber license plate frame and door handle protection foil.

While these are a far cry from actual performance improvements, Gazoo Racing is just getting started with the Yaris Cross. The pretty crossover could certainly use a bit more oomph, given that it only exceeds 116 horsepower and 145 Nm (107 lb-ft) from an electrified three-pot setup. A true GR Yaris Cross would join not only the aforementioned GR Yaris and rumored GR Hilux, but also a GR Corolla hot hatch.

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