Toyota has launched its youngest SUV, the Urban Cruiser, in the Indian markets. The Urban Cruiser is the second product from the Toyota-Maruti Suzuki strategic partnership in India. The first product of this partnership was the Maruti Suzuki Baleno’s rebadged version, the Glanza. Although the Glanza was just a rebadged version of Maruti’s Baleno and had no other changes, the company has followed the customer feedback and inputs while developing the Urban Cruiser, which is derived from the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza. You’d notice cosmetic changes on the outside, the most prominent being the bold grille that reminds us of the Toyota Fortuner.
Toyota Urban Cruiser is based on the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza. However it looks a more sporty and is completely different.The Vitara Brezza was the segment leader for a very long time, until it lost the popular diesel engine option after the transition to BS6 norms. The Vitara Brezza was one of those compact SUV’s which made the entire segment very popular in India. This legacy should help the Urban Cruiser, which is based on the Vitara Brezza, to conquer the compact SUV market in India however, there are certain key features that have been given a miss.
Performance for the price:
The Urban Cruiser gets a new K-Series 1.5 litre, four-cylinder petrol power-train that produces 103bhp and 138Nm of torque. It will be available in two gearbox choices – a five-speed manual or a four-speed torque-converter. Toyota has revealed that all the AT variants will also feature advanced Lithium-Ion battery along with an Integrated Starter Generator, which is a mild hybrid from Maruti Suzuki, which is currently not being offered on the Vitara Brezza. Upon launch, the model will rival the Hyundai Venue, Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza, Kia Sonet, Tata Nexon, Ford EcoSport, and the Mahindra XUV300.
In terms of pricing, the Urban Cruiser is available in three different trims, which include the Mid-Grade, High-Grade and the Premium-Grade. The Mid-Grade variant starts at Rs 8.40 lakh for the manual transmission and Rs 9.80 lakh for the automatic transmission. Similarly, the High-Grade variant costs Rs 9.15 lakh for the manual transmission and Rs 10.65 lakh for the automatic variant. Lastly, the Premium-Grade comes at Rs 9.80 lakh for the manual variant and Rs 11.30 lakh for the automatic variant. Interestingly, just like the Vitara Brezza, the Urban Cruiser also comes with only petrol option.
On the outside, the Urban Cruiser will sport a new bold dynamic grille, Dual Chamber LED projector headlamp cluster, LED fog lamps, smart play-cast touchscreen, and dual-tone premium interiors. In addition to this, the car will also get features like diamond cut 16-inch alloy wheels, rain sensing wipers, automatic climate control (standard across all variants), cruise control and electrochromic rear view mirror.
Some of the comfort and convenience oriented features on the Urban Cruiser include engine push start/stop Button and automatic AC, both of which have been kept standard across all variants. The Urban Cruiser comes with a huge variety of color options, along dual-tone dark brown interiors,dual-tone dark brown upholstery, push-button start/stop, automatic AC, seven-inch Smart Play-cast system, Android Auto and Apple Car-play support, and cruise control among other things. It also gets the same wide and spacious cabin layout that’s inspired from its donor model.
So should you consider one?
So, the Toyota Urban Cruiser has finally arrived in the Indian markets, starting at Rs 8.40 lakh. The mid spec variant of the SUV costs roughly Rs. 5,000 more than the Vxi variant of the Vitara Brezza. The question arises, as to what more does the Urban Cruiser offer over the Vitara Brezza. Toyota has already offered a ‘Respect Package’ to customers who have booked SUV before the launch. This package includes ‘no-cost periodic maintenance’ for up to 2 years or 20,000 km, whichever comes earlier. Apart from this, to every other regular customer, the company will be offering the SUV with a warranty package of 3-year/ 1 lakh km, whichever is earlier. While, the Premium-Grade variant costs Rs. 15,000 more than the similar Zxi variant of Vitara Brezza. If you are looking for the hassle free after-sales service guarantee, along with a Toyota badge on your feature packed compact SUV,the Urban Cruiser, with its Fortuner-like muscular front grill, should be the right choice for you.