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Toyota has officially unveiled the Urban Cruiser sub-compact SUV in the Indian market.  The Urban Cruiser sub-compact SUV will be Toyota’s second product based on a Maruti Suzuki car, the first car being the Baleno hatchback which has been rebranded as Glanza by the Japanese carmaker.

 

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The Toyota Urban Cruiser gets more of a Toyota identity up-front, with relatively inexpensive-to-change ‘soft parts’, as the plastic bumpers and grille, seeing the majority of tweaks. It receives a different looking front fascia with new 2-slat wedge cut grille with chrome and trapezoidal bold fog area grille, and new bumpers. However, headlamps and tail-lamps remain the same. The 16-inch alloy wheels has been carried over from the Brezza. Similarly, the compact SUV also receives few subtle design changes at the rear.

 

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On the inside, the Urban Cruiser gets a dual-tone dark brown interiors and new seat upholstery. It sources the same SmartPlay touchscreen infotainment system from Suzuki. The infotainment system comes with Android Auto/Apple CarPlay and smartphone-based navigation. Comfort and convenience features include Push Start and Stop button (Standard), Auto AC (standard), Cruise control, Rain sensing wipers, and Electrochromic rearview mirror.

 

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The Vitara Brezza, to which the Urban Cruiser is identical to, is powered by Suzuki’s 1.5-litre BS6 compliant petrol motor as seen in the Vitara Brezza petrol. The motor is paired with either a five-speed manual or four-speed automatic transmission. The Automatic variant will get the Li-ion battery which would allow for features such as torque assist, regenerative braking and idle start/stop.

 

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Expect Toyota to price the Urban Cruiser slightly above the Vitara Brezza to lend a more premium appeal. The Urban Cruiser will take on the likes of Hyundai Venue, upcoming Kia Sonet and Nissan Magnite among others in the  competitive compact SUV segment.

 

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