Toyota and Suzuki have announced a partnership a few years ago, and last year spoke about new stages of partnership: the Japanese decided to share powertrains and models. In the same 2019 in India debuted the first product of badge-engineering – hatchback Toyota Glanza, just upgraded Suzuki Baleno. The second model, the Suzuki, which will transform into a Toyota, will be the compact cross Vitara Brezza (length – 3995 mm wheelbase – 2500 mm), it also first get the Indians. As reported by Autocar India, for the SUV could revive the name Urban Cruiser.
We will remind, under the name Urban Cruiser 2008-2014 Toyota sold in some markets hatchback “in SUV style” (he Ist the second generation in Japan, and Scion xD in the Northern States), the model shares a “truck” with the old Yaris. Vitara Brezza – this is a “traditional” crossover, although it is based on the platform of the previous Suzuki Swift. This SUV made its debut in 2016, it is designed specifically for India, where it is established production, is responsible for the release of Maruti Suzuki (subsidiary Suzuki). In the early 2020 cross Suzuki has been updated, replacing diesel gasoline engine.
I hope the Indian media that apparently the Toyota’s crossover will be different from the original Suzuki model than hatch Glanza from Baleno: in addition to emblems can replace the optics and grille. The interior is likely to appear with other finish materials. But the technique will go with Vitara Brezza. The actual SUV Suzuki is equipped with petrol “aspirated” K15B 1.5 105 HP (138 Nm), which is paired with a five-speed “mechanics” or four-stage “automatic”. A / t model is also available in the form of “mild hybrid” with a starter-generator. Drive the same in either case, only the front.
In India, the premiere of the Toyota Urban Cruiser (unless, of course, information about the revived name corresponds to reality) must pass this year. In the future clones Suzuki badged Toyota’s plan to sell and other poorer markets — particularly in Africa. To Europe these models will arrive, but there should be a Corolla and the RAV4 with the logo of Suzuki.
Meanwhile, the results of the 2017-2019 biennium. Vitara Brezza tops the ranking of best selling SUVs of India, however, last year, the victory was given to the SUV challenge: demand fell by 18% to 127 094 units. Hatchback Toyota Glanza there started in June for half a year this model has sold 17 946 copies. The volume of sales “of piatigorski” Maruti Suzuki Baleno in 2019 amounted to 183 862 units (-13%). Here it should be noted that hatch Toyota is available only in two trim levels – the middle and top. The crossover is also likely to be more expensive than the original Brezza Vitara.