Toyota Urban Cruiser can now be booked unofficially at a Toyota dealership. Read on for some exclusive information on the repurposed Maruti Vitara Brezza
Hatchbacks once used to be the money-minting products in the vehicle lineup of carmakers. In the modern age, compact-SUVs have taken that space. Every manufacturer is now trying to get hold of a good share of the sales pie. Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) will have similar aspiration with the launch of the Urban Cruiser, which is basically a badge-engineered Maruti Vitara Brezza. It will go on sale under the JV that Japanese brands formed last year. Earlier today, Toyota revealed a teaser of the Urban Cruiser, thereby hinting at a launch in 4 days from now. Intrigued, we contacted our dealership source and got our hands on some exclusive information. For starters, we have been told that the official bookings of the car will begin from August 21.
As of now, the dealers have started accepting bookings unofficially against a sum of Rs. 21,000. The dealership stockyards will receive the first batch of the SUV early next month. The Urban Cruiser is going to be the cheapest SUV from Toyota in the country.
Furthermore, the dealerships have hinted that the prices will start from Rs. 8 lakh. In comparison to the Maruti Vitara Brezza, the Urban Cruiser will boast of a lot more features as standard fitment across the range. A similar modus operandi was followed by Toyota for the Glanza, which shares a price difference of around Rs. 1.5 lakh with the Maruti Baleno. Talking of the aesthetics, the Urban Cruiser will get a differently designed radiator grille, while the most of the elements will remain the same as those of the Maruti Vitara Brezza.
Powering the Urban Cruiser will be a 1.5L 4-cylinder naturally-aspirated petrol engine. It will put out a peak power output of 105 PS and 138 Nm of peak torque. The transmission options will include a 5-speed manual gearbox and a 4-speed torque converter automatic unit. Also, it will get the 48V mild-hybrid system as standard affair on both transmission variants. This way, the Urban Cruiser will be able to clock more kilometres to a litre with added torque boost in the lower RPM range. Once launched, Toyota Urban Cruiser will rival the likes of Ford EcoSport, Hyundai Venue, and more.