Toyota has recalled around 9,000 units of Urban Cruiser over the issue in airbag module assembly. Urban Cruiser is one of the top-selling SUVs in the carmaker’s line-up.
The Japanese automaker Toyota recently issued a voluntary recall for their sub-4-meter SUV, Urban Cruiser, which was launched in our market back in September 2020. All the 9,498 units of the SUV built by the carmaker between 28th July 2020 and 11th February 2021 come under recall exercise. The main reason behind it can be a possible issue related to the driver side airbag module assembly. The authorized Toyota dealerships around India will contact owners of the affected vehicles and will repair the faulty component free of cost. Toyota offers Urban Cruiser in three different levels namely- Mid, High and Premium. Mechanically, it derives power from a 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol unit, which develops 105bhp of peak power and 138 Nm of peak torque.
The engine comes paired with a 5-speed MT or a 4-speed torque converter automatic gearbox. The mild-hybrid technology is exclusively offered with automatic trims. The manual variant of the car is rated to offer an ARAI certified mileage of 17.03 kmpl and the AT version offers 18.76 kmpl of fuel efficiency. In terms of fuel-efficiency and performance, Toyota Urban Cruiser is quite similar to that of the Maruti Vitara Brezza. Toyota UIrban Cruiser is one of the top-selling cars in the automaker’s stable. In January and February 2021, the carmaker sold 3,005 units and 2,549 units of the SUV. It is offered at a starting price of Rs 8.50 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the base model and goes all the way up to Rs 11.55 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi) for the top-spec variant.
In the sub-4-meter SUV segment, the competition has become quite fierce after the introduction of Nissan Magnite and Renault Kiger. In other news, Toyota is also planning to introduce the RAV4 and CH-R. Both SUVs will be bought in India via the CBU route under the new import law, which allows the automaker to import 2,500 units annually without any homologation process. Recent reports suggest that the Toyota RAV4 with hybrid powertrain will be launched in India before the festive season.