It is no secret that Toyota will launch a wide range of new products under the new Toyota-Suzuki partnership in India this year. The next model will be launched under the new JV will be a new compact SUV, which will be based on the Vitara Brezza. The new sub-4 meter SUV will be called the Toyota Urban Cruiser, which is likely to be launched by mid-2020. For people not in the know, the Glaza is the first model under the new partnership and is based on the Maruti Baleno.
The Urban Cruiser name comes from Toyota’s Land Cruiser heritage. The Land Cruiser is so popular and well respected that the company used as a prefix on the Land Cruiser Prado. Toyota will also launch the re-badged or revised versions of the Ertiga and Ciaz in India. Adding to it, the duo is also working on an all-new C-segment MPV and a mid-sized SUV. Toyota will also help Suzuki to expand in their business and product portfolio in International markets.
Urban Cruiser Launch
The company hasn’t revealed the launch of the compact SUV, but it is rumoured to be launched in the second half of 2020. If media reports are to be believed, the new Urban Cruiser SUV will be launched in the end of July or August 2020. We will update you as soon as Toyota announces anything on the same.
Toyota Urban Cruiser Price
The company will position the upcoming compact SUV slightly premium over the Vitara Brezza. It is likely to be priced in the range of Rs 8.5 lakh – Rs 11.5 lakh
Urban Cruiser Specifications
The Urban Cruiser will share the engine specifications with the Maruti Vitara Brezza. It will be powered by a 1.5-litre, 4-cylinder naturally-aspirated petrol engine, which is benefitted with dual-battery SHVS mild-hybrid system. This engine also powers the Ciaz, Ertiga and the XL6. It is capable of producing 103bhp of power at 6,000rpm and a peak torque of 138Nm at 4,400rpm. Transmission choices will include a 5-speed manual and a 4-speed torque convertor.
Mileage – Fuel Efficiency
The company is likely to launch the mild-hybrid version of the compact SUV, which is likely to return close to 18-19kmpl.
Design – Exterior Styling
The Toyota-Suzuki partnership’s first model, the Glanza was basically the re-badged Maruti Baleno with new Toyota logo. Unlike Glanza, the upcoming Toyota Urban Cruiser will receive significant design changes. The SUV will receive new bumper and grille, which will give it a Toyota-like face. The company will also make small changes to the rear of the compact SUV to make things fresh in the market. The headlight and tail-lamp design won’t be changed as these are more expensive parts to change. However, these parts could receive mild changes. There will be no sheet-metal changes and even the alloy wheel design will remain the same. The SUV will feature the LED headlamps with LED daytime running lights and LED taillights. In terms of design highlights, the SUV will get roof-integrated spoiler, dual-tone alloy wheels, ORVMs with integrated blinkers, dual-tone exterior paint scheme and front fog lamps.
Toyota Urban Cruiser Interior
The interior of the Urban Cruiser will share similarities with that of the Brezza; however, it will receive some visual changes in the form of new colour combinations for the dashboard and new seat upholstery. The current Brezza features a grey plastic material inside the cabin. The Urban Cross is likely to receive bright colour combination and fresh graphics to make it look more upmarket. The SUV will get the Suzuki-sourced SmartPlay infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay support. Other features will include multi-functional steering wheel, automatic air-conditioning, height-adjustable driver’s seat, etc. In terms of safety and security, the Urban Cruiser will get dual front airbags, ABS with EBD, brake assist, rear parking sensors, speed alert and seat-belt reminder as standard. Higher variant will also get reverse camera. The new compact SUV will be produced at the Toyota’s Bidadi plant, which is also rumoured to be used to develop the Vitara Brezza and other Maruti cars