Most of you must be already well-aware that Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM), the local subsidiary of the Japanese carmaker giant, is very close to launching its first-ever model in the highly crowded sub-compact-SUV segment. The new model, which has been named ‘Urban Cruiser’ is actually based on the hot-selling Maruti Vitara Brezza and will be to its donor model what the Glanza is to the Maruti Baleno. Bookings for the Toyota Urban Cruiser are now officially open and you pre-book the upcoming offering either at authorized Toyota dealerships across India or online.
Visually, the Toyota Urban Cruiser looks almost identical to the Maruti Vitara Brezza, with the only difference between the two models being apparent on the front-end. The Toyota version gets a Fortuner-like grille, which gives the upcoming compact SUV a somewhat unique look. Also, the visual connection with the Fortuner could help the new model attract more car buyers. Other than this, the SUV also has a new bumper with reworked foglamp enclosures. The interior remains largely unchanged except for new seat upholstery and Toyota branding on the steering wheel and the touchscreen infotainment unit.
The Toyota Urban Cruiser will be powered by the same engine as the Maruti Vitara Brezza, which means it will be propelled by a 1.5-litre K-Series engine that belts out 104 PS and 138 Nm. Akin to the Maruti Vitara Brezza, the Toyota Urban Cruiser will be available with two transmission options- 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic. However, unlike the Brezza, SHVS will be on offer on both the transmission variants, while the Brezza gets this mild-hybrid technology only with the automatic transmission option.
Also, unlike the Toyota Glanza, which is only available in G and V grades based on Zeta and Alpha trims of Maruti Baleno, respectively, the Toyota Urban Cruiser will be available in three trims– Mid, High and Premium, which will be equivalent to the VXI, ZXI and ZXI+ trims of the Maruti Vitara Brezza. Only the equivalent of the base-level LXI trim of the Maruti Vitara Brezza will not be available on the Toyota Urban Cruiser. This might help Toyota Kirloskar Motor project the Urban Cruiser as a more premium offering. Finally, like the Glanza, the Urban Cruiser will be sold with 3 year/1,00,000 km warranty, which has a clear advantage over the 2 year/40,000 km warranty offered by the standard Maruti Vitara Brezza. Another advantage that buyers of Urban Cruiser might enjoy over Brezza is better after-sales service experience from Toyota.