New Urban Cruiser raises the bar

Get ready for an exciting ride with the bigger and better Toyota SUV.

If you’re ready to upgrade your urban lifestyle, the all-new Toyota Urban Cruiser has taken performance, comfort and safety to a whole new level — and it looks pretty good on the road, too! 

Since it launched in 2021, the Urban Cruiser has made its mark in the ‘high’ B-SUV segment, with a whopping 19% market share as customers are increasingly demanding a more spacious car with the height and feel of an SUV, but at an affordable price. 

Toyota has gone all out with the new Urban Cruiser; it’s bigger on style, practicality, convenience and safety, while the exterior design has been given a full makeover.  

Bigger on style 

The clamshell bonnet, slim light treatment and gaping lower grille show may remind you of other members of the Toyota SUV family, most noticeably the RAV4 and Fortuner. We love the unique Cruiser style highlights like the bi-halogen projector headlamps that are inset within the bumper and framed with a chrome bezel; the ultra-slim C-shaped LED taillights inset within a piano black panel and overlayed by a pale silver trim garnish; and the placement of the indicators and reverse lamps in separate vertical clusters.  

Then there’s the brawn factor: the roof spoiler and lower lip of the rear bumper with its decorative silver skid plate; the piano black grille; silver ornamental skid plate; and blacked out pillars creating the appearance of a ‘floating’ roof.  

The predominantly black cabin has been completely reconfigured with subtle touches of silver, from the satin-plated trim inserts and chrome door handles to the metallic-tipped ventilation controls. The dashboard is an easy-to-read 7-inch infotainment screen which is, of course, Android Auto- and Wireless Apple CarPlay-enabled. The audio (played through two speakers in the XS and four in the XR) and Bluetooth-connected telephony can all be managed via switches on the multi-function steering wheel that now also has both tilt and telescopic adjustment.  

There are seven colours to choose from, three of which are new. XR models are available in an additional four bi-tone colours (all paired with a black roof) — Luxe Red, Liquid Silver, Mystic Pearl White and Jet Blue.  

The new Urban Cruiser’s body length has increased by 370mm with a corresponding growth in wheelbase of 100mm (now 2,600mm).

Bigger on size 

The new Urban Cruiser’s body length has increased by 370mm with a corresponding growth in wheelbase of 100mm (now 2,600mm). It’s also slightly wider and taller than the outgoing model and has improved ground clearance — 210mm vs 195mm — and that’s great whether you’re dodging potholes or out in the bush, while the squared-off wheel arches and silver roof rails (XR) give it an air of ruggedness. 

Bigger on convenience 

In addition to Push Start with Smart Entry and rear PDC, added convenience comes in the form of a storage box between the front seat that doubles as an armrest with a slidable lid, a centre-mounted armrest/fold-down table in the rear, height-adjustable driver’s seat, electric-fold mirrors, reverse camera and auto-controlled air conditioning. New and exclusive to the XR model is cruise control. 

The dashboard of the new Toyota Urban Cruiser.

Bigger on safety 

Vehicle Stability Control (VSC) and Hill Assist Control (HAC) are now standard across the range, as is a rear centre headrest, along with a third rear ELR seatbelt, ABS with EBD, ISOFIX and an alarm/immobiliser system. XR models gain side and curtain airbags on top of the standard driver and passenger bags.  

The interior of the new Toyota Urban Cruiser.

The final details… 

You can choose between a 5-speed manual transmission or 4-speed automatic (XR) — all driving the front wheels. All Urban Cruiser models are sold with a Service Plan of 4 years/60,000km and a 3-year/100,000 km warranty. Service intervals are pegged at 12 months/15 000 km. Customers can purchase an additional service plan and warranty options via the 220-strong dealer network.  

All Toyota owners can sign up for a personal MyToyota profile where you can easily access all information and services related to your vehicle(s). All new Toyota vehicles are fitted with a device that allows you to opt in for access to in-car Wi-Fi (with a complimentary 15Gb), and other supplementary Connect services.  

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