The wait is about to get over. Enough has already been spoken and written about the partnership that Toyota and Suzuki formed not long ago. Ever since the two have been working hand-in-hand to benefit from each other’s strengths. As we’ve already said quite a few times, this partnership will help Suzuki acquire the know-how of hybrid powerplants. Meanwhile, Toyota will leverage Suzuki’s traditional strength with small cars in order to penetrate deeper into developing markets, like India. The first example of this is the Toyota Glanza, which is merely a rebadged Maruti Baleno. Today, hours from now, the company will launch the Toyota Urban Cruiser, its smallest-ever SUV for our market. As you would have guessed it, this model will be based on the Maruti Vitara Brezza, a car that has been at the top of the sales charts of the segment since time immemorial.
The Toyota Urban Cruiser was revealed a few days ago and bookings for the new model are already underway online and at all authorized Toyota Kirloskar Motor dealerships. Thankfully, the Toyota Urban Cruiser will not look too much like the Maruti Vitara Brezza, which is something that really can’t be said about the Maruti Baleno-to-Toyota Glanza conversion. Toyota has understood that merely slapping on its badges on what is essentially an entirely Maruti Suzuki model just won’t cut it. Hence, this time around, the boffins at the Indian subsidiary of the Japanese auto giant come better prepared.
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Compared to the Maruti Vitara Brezza, the Toyota Urban Cruiser could impress many with its more butch look, which will be entirely due to the re-done front-end. The highlight here is the Fortuner-inspired grille, a feature that immediately establishes a connection between the new model and the top-selling premium SUV. Other than the redesigned grille, the Urban Cruiser also boasts a new bumper that appears a tad sportier, especially due to the new foglamp housings. Inside, the Urban Cruiser benefits from a more premium colour scheme. Also, while the Toyota Glanza is available only in fully-loaded G and V trims corresponding to the top two variants of the Maruti Baleno, the Urban Cruiser will be available in three trims equivalent to VXI, ZXI and ZXI+ versions. This will ensure easier affordability for the buyers.
In terms of specs, however, nothing has changed. Akin to the Brezza, the Urban Cruiser is propelled by a 1.5-litre K-series motor that outputs 104PS and 138Nm. Transmission options remain unchanged and buyers will get to pick between a 5-speed manual and a 4-speed automatic unit. However, unlike the Brezza, which offers SHVS mild-hybrid tech only on the automatic variants, the Urban Cruiser will provide this fuel-saving technology on both transmission variants. As mentioned above, the new model will launch in a few hours from now. You’re hence requested to stay tuned for the full updates.