Toyota launched the rebadged version of the Baleno in the Indian market last year under the partnership of both the brands. After launching the Baleno-based Glanza only with logo changes, Toyota is now working for the second rebadged product in the Indian market, which will be based on the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza. It was earlier revealed that the rebadged version of the Vitara Brezza will be known as the Urban Cross. Here is what the car might look like when it gets launched.
The second rebadged product will not follow the same path as the Baleno and the Glanza. Since Toyota has already received a lot of criticism on the similarities between both the cars, the Urban Cross will have many visible changes from the Brezza. Toyota is likely to retain the high-cost parts like the headlamps and tail lamps and will do changes to the parts like the grille and bumpers of the vehicle. This rendering image from Motor Marvel indicates the changes in the upcoming cars.
This image shows that the front grille has been completely tweaked in the car and it now gets an all-black treatment. There is a thick black bar holding the Toyota logo in the front whole the lower bumper now gets a blacked-out grille similar to the Lexus cars. This image also shows new headlamps, tweaked fog lamps but the Urban Cross may not get so many changes after all.
The Toyota Urban Cross, which was expected to launch in April or May has been delayed due to the COVID-19 lockdown across India. The new car will mark Toyota’s entry into the sub-4m compact SUV segment that already sees very stiff competition. The segment is currently led by Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and there are cars like Hyundai Venue, Ford EcoSport, Tata Nexon, Mahindra XUV300, and the likes. Soon, the segment will also see new players like Nissan and Kia too. Even Renault is planning to launch an all-new car in the segment in the coming months.
Maruti Suzuki launched the new Vitara Brezza earlier this year in the Indian market with the petrol engine option. The manufacturer has discontinued the diesel engine completely due to the BS6 upgrade. The new Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza gets the 1.5-litre petrol engine with a 5-speed manual transmission and a 4-speed torque converter automatic. The automatic variants of the car also offer SHVS mild-hybrid technology that ensures high fuel efficiency. In fact, the automatic variants of the Vitara Brezza offer more fuel efficiency than the manual variants.