Press - Aug 2020

Toyota’s new Brezza Based Urban Cruiser

The Indian Kiroloskar Motor division of the Japanese automaker supergiant collaboration with Suzuki has created another re-badged version of one of their vehicles. The initial to models being a Berlino based Toyota Glanza and later the Across, Rav4 based Suzuki.

The latest product from this coming together will be the Toyota re-badge of the Brezza Sub-compact which serve as a mini Vitara in other markets. While at this point it’s unclear if Toyota South Africa has intentions of being this vehicle to SA, its somewhat apparent that its peaked their interests.

With the basic design proving to be near-identical, the slight change to the grill inspired by the facelifted version of the Fortuner and likely the new Toytota shared family face. Available with the option of two-tone paint in several colour schemes. It’s critical to mention the South African and Indian road condition similarities and the 198mm ground clearance and 16-inch alloy wheels, which should make the Urban Cruiser a compliant and comfortable, well cruiser, given the poor roads in our countries. Coming in at just under 4meters and 1.8m in width, the Brezza on which the Cruiser has been based, is the same size as vehicles like the Hyundai Creta, see our review here- https://themotorist.co.za/hyundai-venue-review-specs-and-pricing-for-south-africa/

Powering the Urban Cruiser is the same 1.5Litre 77kW 138Nm naturally aspirated engine, found in the Ciaz sedan and the Ertiga MPV, linked to the choice of either a 5-speed manual or a 4-speed automatic transmission. The higher-spec model offers a 48V Mild-Hybrid electric system and provides a quoted 5.8L/100 with the auto and 5.3L/100 for the manual.

Toyota Urban Cruiser in South Africa

It’s too early to gauge if the South African market will get the Cruiser, but it would be a handy addition for the brand- pricing willing.

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