Toyota Urban Cruiser Icon SUV To Make Its Global Debut On May 15
Toyota has announced the debut of yet another SUV that will expand its Urban Cruiser line-up internationally. The Toyota Urban Cruiser Icon will be available first in Indonesia, followed by other markets. In India and South Africa, the brand now sells the Urban Cruiser Hyryder SUV, which is a badge-engineered version of the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara.
The all-new Toyota Urban Cruiser Icon SUV will be an entirely different car than the now-defunct Urban Cruiser and Urban Cruiser Hyryder that we know in India. Internally codenamed D03B, it will be based on the Daihatsu DNGA platform, which underpins models such as the Toyota Avanza, the popular Toyota Raize SUV, and a few others in markets such as Indonesia and other ASEAN regions.
While Toyota is calling it the Urban Cruiser Icon for the time being, insiders say it will be called the “Yaris Cross” when it launches in Indonesia. Interestingly, Toyota already sells a crossover SUV called the “Yaris Cross” in select international markets, and it is based on the TNGA-B architecture. This is not the same as the one that will be unveiled next week, which will be longer and more roomy.
Toyota’s new SUV will sit above the Raize, which is four meters long and will be roughly 4.3 meters long. It will be a five-seat SUV and is anticipated to share its wheelbase with the Avanza, which is 2,655mm. This could mean more cabin room than its main competition, the Hyundai Creta, which has a 2,610mm wheelbase.
The new SUV’s powertrains will be shared with the Raize and other Toyota products built on the DNGA platform. It will also be available with Toyota’s 1.5-liter petrol engine, both with and without hybrid technology.
Toyota is relying largely on its collaboration with Suzuki for models sold domestically and exported to the Indian market. While the all-new SUV that will debut in Indonesia will share many similarities with Toyota and Daihatsu models available in the ASEAN market, it will not share any similarities with the Toyota India lineup and will thus not be launched here.
Toyota India, on the other hand, is already dealing with increased demand for the Urban Cruiser Hyryder, as well as the Innova Hycross and the resurrected Innova Crysta. The majority of these models have waiting periods ranging from six months to a year.
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