Toyota's Urban Cruiser, in diesel or petrol flavor, coming to UK in May




First unveiled at the 2008 Geneva Motor Show, Toyota's new Urban Cruiser is coming to UK salesfloors this May with a list of eco-friendly features. Using the Toyota Optimal Drive, Toyota's name for the more-efficient-yet-powerful engine package, that debuted in the Auris last fall, the B-segment hatch has two engine options. First up is the 1.33 Dual VVT-i 2WD model, which comes with Stop & Start technology and emits 129 grams of CO2 per km. Mileage rating is 43 mpg (U.S.) on the UK system. The
1.4 D-4D common rail diesel engine is used on the AWD version of the Urban Cruiser, and just barely
loses out to the other model, with emissions of 130 grams of CO2 per km thanks, in part, to a diesel particulate filter. Toyota says this is the lowest for any four-wheel drive vehicle in the world. Anyone got a counter to that? The diesel also happens to get 48 mpg (U.S.)

Aside from the engines, Toyota has also tweaked the production method to limit the amount of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) used in the Urban Cruiser's interior.

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