The Toyota Urban Cruiser arrives in SA
It seems that the Suzuki Brezza might have competition on the horizon as Toyota has launched its all-new Urban Cruiser. The Urban Cruiser promises to be both stylish and affordable, making the perfect companion for those who enjoy the great outdoors. To make things even more interesting, the Urban Cruiser will be the second product to come out of a Toyota/Suzuki collaboration with the highly successful Starlet being the first. The Urban Cruiser is available in three trims – the Xi model (entry-level), the Xs model (mid-level), and the Xr model (top-of-the-range).
In terms of engine capacity, the Urban Cruiser is powered by 1.5-litre naturally aspirated four-cylinder engine. It produces 77 kW and 138 Nm of torque and comes equipped with either a 5-speed manual or 4-speed automatic transmission. The Urban Cruiser has claimed a fuel consumption of just 6.2 litres per 100km, with a CO2 emissions count falling within the 145 to 147 g/km range. The Urban Cruiser comes fitted with a traditional McPherson strut front suspension layout and will feature a Torsion Beam design in the rear.
The outside of the Urban Cruiser offers consumers a rugged urban appeal. The front comes with a large radiator grille that features chrome accent strips running across it with a Toyota badge at the centre. At the rear, we get a large rectangular taillight which gets complemented by a large tailgate garnish embossed with “Urban Cruiser”. The Xi grade comes standard with LED headlamps and LED Daytime Running Lights (DRL), while the Xs grade gets the additional roof rails and body-coloured door handles. The range topping Xr further benefits from LED fog lamps and automatic headlights too. It will come fitted with 16-inch wheels, with steel versions being on the Xi model and alloy on the rest.
The cabin of the Urban Cruiser offers plenty of space and comfort. The inside comes standard with a touchscreen infotainment system that offers USB, Bluetooth, Apple CarPlay, and Android Auto. Safety and security have been made a top priority for the Urban Cruiser as it comes featured with ABS and EBD, side protection beams, driver, and passenger airbags, and ISOFIX.
All models including the entry-level Xi will come equipped with Toyota Connect, which includes an in-car Wi-Fi hotspot and complimentary 15Gb data. The interior features will differ according to each model, with the Xs models benefiting from auto air-conditioning (climate control), a reverse camera, a rear armrest, and a 60:40 split backrest. The premium Xr models get further equipped with cruise control, auto-dimming rear-view mirror, rain-sensing wipers, dual 12-volt power outlets, a front armrest, a leather steering wheel, and the inclusion of two tweeter speakers.
All Urban Cruiser models will be sold with a 3-services/45 000km service plan and a 3-year/100 000km warranty.
Toyota Urban Cruiser 1.5 Xi (manual) R247 900
Toyota Urban Cruiser 1.5 Xs (manual) R267 800
Toyota Urban Cruiser 1.5 Xs (automatic) R289 000
Toyota Urban Cruiser 1.5 Xr (manual) R294 500
Toyota Urban Cruiser 1.5 Xr (automatic) R315 700