Toyota To Launch New Subcompact SUV: Will Be Based On Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza
"Likely to be called 'Toyota Urban Cruiser', the company plans to launch its compact SUV during the upcoming festive season."
The Japanese carmaker was expected to launch the SUV in sometime in August, however, it has been delayed due to Coronavirus pandemic.Toyota India is all set to make its debut in the competitive subcompact SUV segment with a new product which will be based on the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza a new 5- seater SUV in the Indian market. Likely to be called 'Toyota Urban Cruiser', the company plans to launch its compact SUV during the upcoming festive season.
Naveen Soni, Senior Vice President Sales and Marketing, Toyota, told PTI, "The automaker is now ready to bring in the second product under this arrangement during the early part of the upcoming festive season. "India loves the sub-four meter compact SUV category. And this segment alone is now 10-11 per cent of the total passenger vehicle sales. So we have been evaluating this segment for a long time and now the time has come that we are announcing that this festive season we will have our own compact SUV in the market."
Toyota Motor Corp and Suzuki Motor Corp (SMC) signed an agreement in 2018 for supplying hybrid and other vehicles to each other in the Indian market. Toyota had already sourced Baleno premium hatchback from Maruti Suzuki India, which is retailed as Glanza.
Toyota's upcoming SUV is expected to use the mechanical parts from the Maruti Vitara Brezza. Maruti uses a 1.5-litre K-Series engine on the Vitara Brezza, which comes with Suzuki's mild-hybrid technology. The motor is capable of producing 104bhp and 138Nm of power figures and is mated to either a five-speed manual or a four-speed torque-converter automatic transmission.