Toyota Urban Cruiser

Toyota Urban Cruiser

The Urban Cruiser made its official debut today at the Paris Auto Show. Sales will begin in May 2009 and Toyota hopes to sell 30,000 units a year.

The Urban Cruiser has a length of 3,930 mm, a wheelbase of 2,460 mm and cargo capacity of 314 litres or 749 litres with rear seats
folded down.

Toyota Urban Cruiser

It is offered in two versions: 2WD model equipped with sliding, reclining and fold-down mechanisms similar to the RAV4 seating system and AWD model featuring reclining seats and the double fold down system.

It will be launched with a choice of two extremely fuel efficient and clean engines: a re-engineered 1.4-litre D-4D engine (90 hp for both the AWD and 2WD versions) and a brand new 1.33-litre Dual VVT-i petrol engine (100 hp) with Stop & Start system. Both drive a new 6-speed manual transmission that delivers an optimum combination of
driving pleasure and class-leading fuel efficiency.

Toyota Urban Cruiser

Toyota introduces a new Stop & Start system with the launch of the Urban Cruiser, further enhancing its top-class environmental performance. This advanced Stop & Start system comes standard with the 1.33 Dual VVT-i petrol unit. The 1.33 Dual VVT-i petrol engine with Stop & Start system has a CO2 emissions level of just 130g/km.

Toyota unveiled at the Geneva Motor Show the Urban Cruiser - an environmentally responsible small sports utility vehicle (SUV) aimed at the urban all-roader market. The Urban Cruiser is the design preview of the production model that will be introduced in the first half of 2009.

Toyota Urban Cruiser

The new Urban Cruiser meets these demands with contemporary five-door styling and projected low CO2 emissions below the 140g/km threshold. The Urban Cruiser draws on Toyota’s rich heritage of successful SUVs. The first Toyota SUV, the legendary Land Cruiser off-roader, was launched in 1951. While the new Urban Cruiser embodies all of Toyota’s SUV past, it also represents the very latest in a line of compact SUVs, a market segment that Toyota created with the original RAV4 back in 1994.

The new Urban Cruiser is an aspirational urban SUV very close to the spirit of the discontinued 3-door RAV4 model with its compact dimensions, packaging, practicality and four-wheel drive transmission.

Toyota Urban Cruiser

The Urban Cruiser measures 3,930mm in length and is 1,725mm wide and 1,540mm tall. While the compact dimensions make it ideal for handling city streets, the Urban Cruiser has spacious accommodation for five people and ample luggage space. Toyota’s Vibrant Clarity design language – the perfect imbalance of proportions - provides the Urban Cruiser with its athletic road stance.

Toyota will unveil at the Geneva motor Show the production version of the iQ Concept unveiled last at the Frankfurt Motor Show. Production will start in late 2008. iQ is a radical change in vehicle design as well as environmentally friendly transportation, and away from the belief that small cars are basic and less safe.

Toyota iQ and Urban Cruiser will debut in Geneva

Next to it Toyota will also unveil a new extension of its sports utility vehicle line-up into the small car segment: Toyota Urban Cruiser Toyota Urban Cruiser . This new Toyota is an environmentally responsible small SUV aimed at the urban all-roader market. It provides an answer to consumer desires for SUVs but with low fuel consumption and low emissions.

Press release after the jump.

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