Toyota Urban Cruiser has been launched in the Indian auto market at a starting price of INR 8.4 lakh. It takes on the recently launched Kia Sonet and other sub-4m-SUVs like the Hyundai Venue and Tata Nexon
Being launched as the second product under Toyota-Suzuki collaboration, the Urban Cruiser is offered in the Mid, High and Premium trims, available in a price range of Rs 8.4 lakh to Rs 11.3 lakh (ex-showroom). Bookings for the Toyota Urban Cruiser have already been underway at automaker’s official website and authorized showrooms across the country for a token amount of Rs 11,000. As we've been saying, the Toyota Urban Cruiser is to the Maruti Vitara Brezzawhat the Toyota Glanza is to the Maruti Baleno. Hence, the new Toyota SUV bears a strong resemblance to the Vitara Brezza, with the only visual difference arising out of the re-done front-end that gets a Toyota Fortuner-like grille. The Urban Cruiser come days with the launch of the Kia Sonet, the hottest new sub-compact SUV in the country at the moment.
As regards the exterior design of the Urban Cruiser, the features include LED projector headlamps with integrated DRLs, LED fog lights, twin slat front grille borrowed from the Fortuner, restyled front bumper with faux skid plate. On the side profile and in the rear, the car features 16-inch diamond-cut alloy rims, black side cladding, polishing black rearview mirrors and LED taillights.
The general boxy dimensions of the new SUV, which are the same as those of its donor vehicle, and the tall pillars translate into an amber cabin for all the occupants. Like the Maruti Vitara Brezza, the Urban Cruiser is equipped with a wide range of top-notch features which include a seven-inch Smart Playcast touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay connectivity as well as bluetooth and navigation, autocruise, automatic air-conditioning system, multi-functioning steering wheel with mounted control buttons, start-stop push button, etc.
The Toyota Urban Cruiser receives its power from a 1.5-litre 4-cyl K15B SHVS gasoline burner which can generate 104.7 PS against 138 Nm and is paired with a 5-speed MT or a 4-speed torque converter. The new vehicle will participate in the fiercely competitive compact SUV segment in India and competes against the Hyundai Venue, Ford EcoSport, Tata Nexon, Hyundai Venue, Mahindra XUV300 and the recently launched Kia Sonet. It is available with 3-year/1-lakh-kilometre warranty with the deliveries commencing by mid-October.