In the Indian market, the Toyota Urban Cruiser competed directly with the Maruti Brezza. However, this SUV also competed with Tata Nexon, Kia Sonnet and Nissan Magnite. Let us tell you that Toyota has taken the decision to discontinue the Urban Cruiser after launching the Urban Cruiser Highrider, which has been brought a few months back.
Why was Urban Cruiser discontinued?
The Toyota Urban Cruiser was the company’s most affordable SUV which was performing well with sales of around 2,000 units per month. However, the biggest reason for discontinuing it is the launch of the Urban Cruiser Highrider. The Toyota Urban Cruiser Highrider has been brought at almost the same price as the Urban Cruiser. Compared to the Urban Cruiser, the Urban Cruiser Highrider is a premium SUV that is equipped with hybrid technology. In order to offer both the SUVs at the same price level and to give priority to the new model, the company took the plunge of discontinuing the Urban Cruiser.
According to reports, Toyota has no plans to bring a new variant or rebadged model of the Urban Cruiser. This SUV, which was launched in the competition of Maruti Brezza, could never overtake the Brezza in terms of sales. Toyota was selling only close to 2,200 units of this SUV every month. Apart from this, the urban cruiser was also Rs 5,000-15,000 more expensive than the Brezza.
Talking about the Urban Cruiser, this SUV was made available in three trims – Mid, High and Premium. Maruti Suzuki’s 1.5-litre K-series petrol engine was used in the Urban Cruiser which produces 103 Bhp of power and 138 Nm of torque. This SUV gets the option of 5-speed manual and 4-speed automatic gearbox.
Toyota launched CNG car
Toyota has now made its move towards the CNG car market. The company has launched the CNG version of the Glanza hatchback in India on 9 November. The Glanza CNG has been launched with a starting price of Rs 8,43,000 ex-showroom. The carmaker has also informed about bringing Urban Cruiser Highrider to CNG, whose prices will be disclosed by the company soon.
The Glanza CNG is offered in its current fuel efficient K-series engine. This is a 1197cc engine that generates power of 77.5 PS. This engine is also known to deliver better driving experience. Maruti Suzuki is using the same engine in Baleno. Toyota has claimed that the Glanza can give a mileage of 30.61 km on 1 kg of CNG.
With the launch of CNG vehicles, the company has indicated to challenge the segment giants Maruti Suzuki and Hyundai. Toyota launched the Glanza facelift earlier this year. The direct rival to the Maruti Baleno, the hatchback is available at a starting price of Rs. 6.59 lakh (ex-showroom).