Toyota Urban Cruiser Bookings Open From August 22
The Toyota Urban Cruiser is set to enter next month’s ever-growing compact SUV space and we’ve brought you the first-ever image of it. On August 22, at Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) dealerships and via the brand’s website, bookings for the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza Compact SUV will begin. The price of the booking was set at Rs.11,000.
The first pair of shared versions by Maruti Suzuki and Toyota-the Baleno and the Glanza-are almost similar visually. All that separates the two premium hatchbacks are a tweaked grille design and badges. Also inside, the two are only distinguishable by the badges.
Differences between the second pair of shared models of the partnership-the Vitara Brezza and the Urban Cruiser-will be greater. The front end of Toyota’s compact SUV will appear distinct in addition to the headlights, as design cues will be shared with the larger SUVs of the company, such as the Fortuner. Though, the improvements are only skin deep – no tweaks will be made to the sheet metal, and there will be nothing to say the Maruti Vitara Brezza ‘s Urban Cruiser from the rear and the sides, besides the badges. The Urban Cruiser is available in a special brown hue, on the plus side.
The interiors of the Urban Cruiser will also be more or less the same as the compact SUV of Maruti but will come in a dual-tone dark brown finish as compared to the gray and black layout of the Brezza.
Both compact SUVs will also share the features list. The top-spec Toyota Urban Cruiser model will feature LED projector headlights, LED DRLs, 16-inch diamond-cut alloy wheels, auto wipers, cruise control, Android Auto and Apple CarPlay 7.0-inch touchscreen infotainment system, keyless entry and exit, and automatic climate control. Dual-front airbags, ABS, and rear parking sensors will be standard throughout the board as regards the safety package.
The 1.5-liter, four-cylinder Suzuki petrol engine, which produces a peak torque of 105hp and 138Nm, will be available with automatic gearbox options for the 5-speed manual and 4-speed torque converter. The mild-hybrid tech will also be available with the Urban Cruiser automatic, which improves fuel economy.
We expect the pricing strategy for Toyota to be similar to the one used on the Glanza. Expect that the entry-level Urban Cruiser is equivalent in features to the Vitara Brezza mid-spec while undercutting the Maruti on price. Prices for the automatic top-spec model are supposed to be relatively competitive as well. The range between Rs 8 lakh and Rs 10.5 lakh (ex-showroom) is likely to be pricey. A regular warranty kit covering 3-year/1 lakh kilometer will also be on sale.
The Toyota Urban Cruiser will also be available on a new subscription service offered by Toyota.
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