Toyota Urban Cruiser - small SUV revealed

INDIA Toyota and Suzuki jointly develop a new urban SUV, from the Maruti Vitara Brezza platform.

According to a report by Autocarindia (India's automobile news site), the Suzuki-Toyota alliance is about to introduce a new compact SUV. The new model developed on the basis of Maruti Vitara Brezza, called Toyota Urban Cruiser.

Toyota Urban Cruiser. Photo: Indianautosblog

The name Urban Cruiser was inspired by the Toyota Land Cruiser elder. The Urban nickname shows its compact size and direction to urban mobility.

To distinguish between Urban Cruiser and Vitara Brezza, Toyota engineers tweaked a few details on the exterior. The interior of the Urban Cruiser will be lighter in color and add a few new motifs, while the original Vitara Brezza is gray plastic.

Like the Maruti prototype, the new compact SUV features a 1.5-liter 4-cylinder petrol engine, producing 105 horsepower and 138 Nm of torque. Optional 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic.

Price will play an important role in sales of the new compact SUV, as it has to compete with Hyundai Venue, Tata Nexon, Mahindra XUV300, Kia Sonet (coming soon). The current selling price of Maruti Vitara Brezza is from USD 9,700-14,700.

The Maruti Vitara Brezza prototype. Photo: Suzuki

The Toyota Urban Cruiser is the second collaboration product of the Suzuki-Toyota alliance, preceded by the Toyota Glanza (developed from Maruti Baleno).

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