Is this Toyota Urban Cruiser simply a rebadged Suzuki?
Toyota has been crossover crazy this 2020. So far the Japanese auto giant has already launched the new Harrier/Veloz, Yaris Cross, and the Corolla Cross. However, it seems they aren’t done, at least in other markets.
Toyota has just revealed the new Urban Cruiser, and as we mentioned before, it is a "badge-engineered" Suzuki Vitara Brezza, and will be sold in India. But it seems Toyota didn’t just stop with changing the logos and the name of the subcompact crossover.
From the few photos provided, Urban Cruiser has styling cues similar to the new Fortuner. In particular, it has a redesigned front bumper paired with trapezoidal fog light surrounds and a two-slat grill. LED headlights, taillights and foglights come standard across all trim levels. A set of stylish 16-inch wheels help give the Urban Cruiser a more rugged appeal.
Unfortunately, no photos of the rear have been provided at the moment. Based on the brochure, however, the Urban Cruiser does appear to retain the Vitara Brezza’s taillight design. As such we will have to wait a bit more to see the car from more angles. At least we do get to see all the funky color Toyota will offer the small crossover with.
Inside, the cabin of the Urban Cruiser does look upscale with brown seats and matching door inserts. Smart entry with push start/stop and automatic climate control come standard across all variants in India. Meanwhile, higher trim models get rain-sensing wipers, cruise control, and a touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay.
Under the hood, the small crossover is powered by a K-Series 1.5-liter 4-cylinder engine and is available with both a manual and automatic transmission. Interestingly, the engine is also equipped with "an advanced Li-Ion battery with an Integrated Starter Generator (ISG) featuring torque assist, regenerative braking, and idle start-stop".
At the moment, Toyota did not disclose the power output of the engine. Instead, they only mentioned it as “offering superior fuel efficiency”. Considering that its Suzuki counterpart uses a 1.5-liter mill as well, this could be the same engine. For reference, the Vitara Brezza’s engine produces 105 PS and 138 Nm of torque.
Will Toyota Motor Philippines bring in the Brezza locally? It is highly unlikely. The model made its debut in India and will mainly be marketed there. It is uncertain whether it would even be sold outside of the subcontinent, but an even smaller crossover to supplement the Corolla Cross wouldn’t hurt, right?