Though its bread and butter designs, the Innova and Fortuner provide in balanced margins, Toyota desires extra reasonably priced autos to provide in volumes and drive supplier viability. Catering to these lower segments also delivers in purchasers before into the Toyota fold and allows the model penetrate further into the hinterland. With the Corporate Average Fuel Effectiveness (CAFE) norms owing in 2022, Toyota desires lesser autos in its fleet to realize these targets. 

It however has not had a great deal success in these lower segments and thus the Japanese big has picked instead to now get in touch with on its worldwide alliance with Suzuki Motor Corporation. In 2019, Toyota re-entered the hatchback section in India with the Glanza, a rebadged Maruti Baleno, and now for its maiden entry into the compact SUV room its when once again absent to Suzuki. This time although getting items a bit additional with the facelifted Brezza, which it calls the City Cruiser.

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The City Cruiser has a distinctive identity when considered head-on.

How various is the City Cruiser from the Brezza?

Toyota has redesigned the entrance of the City Cruiser to give it a distinctive identity fairly cleverly. Though the headlamps and bonnet are shared with the Vitara Brezza, its entrance grille appears like it has been lifted off a Fortuner, and the styling of its fog lamp housings in the bumper tends to make it unmistakably a Toyota on initial effect. And putting on a ‘Spunky Blue’ paint shade, this Toyota arrives across as one handsome SUV. Its boxy side profile however is similar to the Maruti, and it is tricky to inform them aside preserve for their respective model logos on the wheel hub caps. At the rear much too the improvements are minimum. Logos aside, the chrome bar earlier mentioned the number plate housing reads City Cruiser, and even the cladding on the bumper is various. Curiously, the Toyota appears a bit lifted compared to the Maruti from the again.

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The badges are all that mark Toyota and Maruti’s compact SUVs aside from the side and rear.

What is it like on the inside of?

The interiors of the City Cruiser are similar to the Brezza’s, and the only transform here is the color of the seats and the cloth inserts on the door pads which are brown, compared to the Brezza’s grey. What’s nice is that, just like the Maruti’s, the entrance seats are comfy, you’re seated in a superior SUV-like placement, and the ergonomics are place on. And though the format is sensible with a number of storage regions, the overall dashboard layout appears a bit dated, and the end and quality of plastics, do not experience as top quality as its Korean rivals.

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You’re seated superior in the City Cruiser’s entrance seats.

House at the rear is good much too with ample knee and head space even for tall travellers, and owing to the superior-set seat, receiving in and out is quite straightforward, even for the aged. The seat alone is comfy and there are plenty of storage regions like door pockets, seatback pockets, cupholders in the armrest, and even a luggage hook built-in in the entrance seat. What is missing however, are rear AC vents and a charging provision. At 328-litres the boot is really large and the rear seat can even be folded sixty:forty to carry extra cargo.

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There’s ample room at the rear and receiving in and out is straightforward much too.

Not like the Brezza the Toyota arrives in only bigger trims and has machines like computerized LED headlamps, LED fog lamps, 16-inch wheels, rain-sensing wipers, cruise manage, 7-inch touchscreen with Android and Apple connectivity, local weather manage and a cooled glovebox. In contrast to rivals however, it misses kit like a sunroof, air purifier and related vehicle features as nicely as protection kit like ESP, hill-maintain (available in computerized), side and curtain airbags, and traction manage. And though on the subject of protection, the vehicle which is it based on, the Maruti Brezza, has been crash analyzed by World NCAP and has secured a respectable four star protection score, although this does not translate to the very same score for the City Cruiser offered the new entrance conclusion.

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7.-inch touchscreen will get Android Car and Apple CarPlay compatibility.

What is it like to drive?

Powered by a one.5-litre petrol 4-cylinder obviously aspirated motor, shared with the Brezza, the City Cruiser does not qualify for the sub-4-metre tax sops, owing to its larger sized motor potential. But this petrol motor retains a distinctive edge compared to its lesser potential turbo petrol rivals when it arrives to on-faucet responses. Though ambling all over city in a bigger gear, place your foot down, and there’s ample grunt to pull ahead and shut in the gaps in targeted traffic. It feels rather zippy all over city and does its commuter duties quite nicely. And the light, nicely-judged clutch, clean 5-velocity gearbox and light steering add to the simplicity of driving.

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Like in the Brezza, this one.5-litre petrol unit tends to make 105hp and 138Nm of torque.

Spin this motor a lot quicker and the mid-assortment effectiveness is really flat, and you will miss out on the strong surge you’d get in a turbo-petrol SUV. With its short gearing and crisp throttle responses however, the drivability as nicely as its highway effectiveness is quite respectable. In a sprint to 100kph, the City Cruiser is neck and neck with the extra potent 120hp Hyundai Venue turbo, and it is even quicker than the Hyundai from 20-80kph in third gear by a total next.

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It feels zippy all over city and its highway effectiveness is respectable much too.

This petrol motor is silent and vibration absolutely free, but though cruising at 100kph in fifth gear, it is reasonably audible as it is spinning at three,000rpm, functioning a good deal tougher than rivals which have six gears. Also at highway speeds, you can hear a good deal of highway and tyre noise.

With tough underpinnings, this isn’t a vehicle that’ll plead you to sluggish down at the sight of bad roads. The way it flattens the highway and drives with a perception of maturity, does give it an edge more than some of its rivals. Dealing with is quite predictable much too, however, for eager motorists its steering feels a bit much too light and it isn’t as sharp and as direct as the Ford Ecosport or the Tata Nexon.

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Street and tyre noise do filter in at highway speeds.

Should really I invest in one?

Priced all over Rs 5,000-fifteen,000 more than a similar Vitara Brezza, the Toyota City Cross does not delight in a selling price edge more than the Maruti, however, future purchasers will come across price in its extended three 12 months/one,00,000 km normal warranty – compared to Maruti’s two 12 months/forty,000km period – as nicely as most likely a better service working experience. For some, there will also be the entice of the Toyota badge and all this topped on to the roomy and comfy interiors, user friendly deal and the good trip indicate this is one compact SUV you just can’t go erroneous with.

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The City Cruiser prices Rs 5,000-fifteen,000 extra than the Brezza but arrives with a extended normal warranty.  

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