Toyota has officially unveiled its Urban Cruiser for the South African market, detailing the model line-up and local pricing.
The Toyota Urban Cruiser is a “compact crossover vehicle” which the company said is another product from its alliance with Suzuki.
It’s pitted against the increasingly-popular Hyundai Venue, Ford EcoSport, and its closest cousin the Suzuki Brezza – and Toyota has ambitious plans for it.
Initial forecasts state that Toyota expects to sell around 600 units per month.
The look and feel
The Urban Cruiser is designed as a fun, affordable compact crossover vehicle – which means it’s an economical, practical, and comfortable city commuter with the added benefit of raised ground clearance and robustness to tackle weekend adventures.
Think of the Urban Cruiser as a kind of smaller Fortuner.
It carries much of the same styling and features that have made it one of the country’s best-selling SUVs, and scaled them down into a package that is not much bigger than a hatchback.
With that being said, although it plays in the small car segment as a crossover, it’s a “big small” car.
It makes its go-anywhere pretensions known with a raised stance, textured side and wheel-arch mouldings and bumper guards, and short overhangs cutting a distinctive off-roader silhouette.
Up front, it gets LED projector headlamps, which are standard across the range.
Inside, the Urban Cruiser is every bit the Toyota you’ve come to expect – sensible ergonomics with modern finishes like a touchscreen infotainment system which is Android Auto and Apple CarPlay compatible.
The seats are then covered in black fabric and feature a honeycomb pattern, while the remainder of the interior is “finished off in hard-wearing black, featuring a textured pattern”.
Large door pockets, a glove compartment, and additional oddment binnacles provide additional storage space.
This is all part of Toyota’s aim to design a car that is “compact on the outside and spacious on the inside”.
To this end, the Urban Cruiser is 3,995mm long – while still being able to provide 328 litres of storage space. This can be extended with the seats folded down.
“A class-leading towing capacity of 400kg unbraked and 1,100kg braked ramps up the utility factor,” said Toyota.
Engine and safety
The Toyota Urban Cruiser is fitted with a 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated, four-cylinder petrol engine.
This delivers 77kW of power and 138Nm of torque, along with a fuel consumption figure of 6.2 litres per 100km and a top speed of 170km/h.
Buyers then have the option of a 5-speed manual transmission or 4-speed automatic system, available on certain models, while power is sent to the front wheels.
On the topic of the wheels, Toyota has fitted a “traditional McPherson strut” front suspension layout, with a “Torsion Beam design” in the rear.
The Urban Cruiser is then fitted with 16-inch wheels – steel versions on the entry-level model, and alloy rims for the higher-end models – which run either 205-60-R16 or 215-60-R16 tyres.
Additional features which are fitted on the range include:
- ABS with EBD
- Side protection beams
- Driver and passenger airbags
- Alarm and immobiliser
South Africa pricing
The local model line-up and pricing for the Toyota Urban Cruiser is detailed below.
- Urban Cruiser 1.5 Xi MT – R247,900
- Urban Cruiser 1.5 Xs MT – R267,800
- Urban Cruiser 1.5 Xs AT – R289,000
- Urban Cruiser 1.5 Xr MT – R294,500
- Urban Cruiser 1.5 Xr AT – R315,700
All Urban Cruiser models are sold with a 3-services/45,000 km service plan, and a 3-year/100,000 km warranty, said Toyota.
Services intervals are set at every 12 months or 15,000km.
Toyota added that customers will be able to buy additional service plans and warranty options through their dealer network.
Additionally, all Urban Cruiser models are equipped with the Toyota Connect system.