Toyota is planning on using the Vitara Brezza as the base for its compact SUV in India, the Urban Cruiser. For this, Maruti Suzuki has announced that the approval for the supply of the Vitara Brezza has been given and will start shortly.
- Vitara Brezza to be Toyota’s second Maruti sourced model
- Toyota Urban Cruiser likely to get a few basic changes
- Expected to be launched in India by Aug’ 2020
A little over a year ago, Maruti Suzuki started supplying the Baleno to Toyota as part of Suzuki and Toyota’s global partnership. The Toyota Glanza – which was essentially a rebadged Maruti Baleno – was launched in June 2019. Now, Maruti Suzuki has announced it will commence supply of the second model due under the alliance – the Vitara Brezza compact SUV.
Like it did with the Baleno, Maruti Suzuki is set to begin supply of the facelifted VitaraBrezza to Toyota just a few months after it was launched. Unlike the Glanza, the Toyota Urban Cruiser is expected to distinguish itself from the Vitara Brezza with a number of soft part changes.
What could be different on the Toyota Vitara Brezza “Urban Cruiser” are the bumpers and grille, but there will be no sheet-metal changes, and it could also get the same alloy wheels as the Maruti. On the inside, the Toyota Urban Cruiser is likely to get a lighter interior colour scheme and some graphics to liven up the interior.
The midlife update saw the Vitara Brezza transition into a petrol-only model, and the Urban Cruiser, too, will be available with the same 105hp, 1.5-litre petrol engine only, and the option of a 5-speed manual and a 4-speed automatic gearbox.
Another interesting thing to see will be what Toyota decides to do with the Urban Cruiser variant line-up. With the Glanza, Toyota chose to skip having a base variant, and both the G and V trim levels were based on the higher-spec Balenos. If Toyota chooses to do the same this time around as well, the Urban Cruiser range will likely start higher than the Vitara Brezza – which starts at Rs 7.34 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi). Toyota, however, could surprise people once again with the price of the entry-level model like it did with the Glanza, which was priced Rs 68,000 lower than the equivalent Baleno Zeta.
Toyota is also likely to offer a longer, 3-year/1,00,000km standard warranty with the Urban Cruiser – an improvement on the Brezza’s 2-year / 40,000km warranty – when it is launched by August 2020.