Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder will go on sale this festive season and its production will commence next month; bookings open in India for Rs. 25,000
Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) has today hosted the global premiere of its all-new midsize SUV in India ahead of its market launch this festive season. Dubbed the Urban Cruiser Hyryder, the SUV will directly take on Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, MG Astor, VW Taigun, Skoda Kushaq, Nissan Kicks and others in the highly competitive space with an overall length of around 4.3 metres.
The Hyryder sits above the Urban Cruiser compact SUV in the brand’s domestic lineup and is developed in collaboration with Maruti Suzuki. The exterior takes plenty of inspiration from the global Toyota SUVs as the front fascia features dual-layer LED Daytime Running Lights seamlessly merge with the sharp crystal acryllic finished grille section.
The signature Toyota badge separates the sleek chrome strip and the front bumper boasts an aggressive design with a prominent trapezoidal lower grille flanked by the sleek LED projector headlamp cluster while the front and rear skid plates add to the SUV’s character and the Y-shaped 17-inch alloy wheels add to the aggression.
Other exterior highlights of the Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder are hybrid badge on the doors (strong hybrid models), a floating roofline, black finished pillars, stylish wraparound C-shaped LED tail lamps that extend into the upright tailgate, chromed window line, black side cladding, body-coloured door handles, a large quarter panel, roof rails, twin vertical parking lamps, a thick chrome strip in the middle housing the Toyota badge, shark fin antenna, integrated spoiler with high mouned stop lamp, etc.
The chrome strip merges with the tail lamps in a neat fashion and the side profile reminds us of the RAV4, particularly the squared-off wheel arches. As for the performance, the five-seater is equipped with a 1.5-litre four-cylinder K15C mild-hybrid petrol engine producing a maximum power output of 103 PS at 6,000 rpm and 136.8 Nm of peak torque at 4,400 rpm. It will be paired with a five-speed manual or a six-speed torque converter AT as an option.
The powertrain can also be found in the facelifted Ertiga and XL6, and the newly launched Brezza. It will also be available in the heavily updated Urban Cruiser and Maruti Suzuki YFG midsize SUV that could go by the name Vitara. The Hyryder will also be retailed with a 1.5-litre four-cylinder strong hybrid petrol engine capable of generating 116 PS maximum power.
It will be connected to a CVT automatic transmission transferring power to either the front wheels or all four wheels through a segment-first AWD system. The Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder as well as the Maruti Suzuki YFG will be manufactured at TKM’s production facility in Bidadi, Karnataka and the rollout will commence as early as next month.
The Hyryder will go on sale ahead of its Maruti Suzuki sibling and is expected to be priced competitively between Rs. 10.5 lakh and Rs. 17 lakh (ex-showroom) upon arrival. As for the interior, it is loaded with features pertaining to entertainment, comfort, convenience, connectivity and safety.
It has plenty in common with the facelifted Glanza as a floating nine-inch touchscreen Smart Play Cast infotainment system with Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity, a semi-digital instrument cluster with a large seven-inch TFT MID sitting in the middle, front sliding armrest and rear armrest, a tilt/telescopic steering wheel with mounted controls and chrome and soft-touch leather finish on the dashboard and door pads can also be seen.
The cabin carries black and brown theme and surface finishes are premium with plenty of storage spaces. The equipment list also comprises cruise control, rear AC vents, USB charging ports, drive mode switch in AWD, wireless charger, Ok Google and Hey Siri voice assistant, ventilated front seats, push-button engine start/stop, leather seats, adjustable headrests, a large panoramic sunroof, heads-up display, a 360-degree camera system, automatic climate control and a lot more.
The rear seat has 60:40 split function and is reclinable as well while the mild hybrid trims known as Neodrive will have an all-black interior. As for safety, six airbags, vehicle stability control, ABS with EBD, disc brakes on all wheels, Hill Descent Control in AWD, Hill Hold Control, three-point rear seatbelts, TPMS, etc will be available.
The first full-hybrid midsize SUV in India gains Toyota’s fourth-gen e-drive technology seen in Yaris and the Yaris Cross globally. The system uses a 1.5-litre TNGA Atkinson Cycle engine capable of 93 PS and 122 Nm of torque with 14:1 compression ratio and it achieves a thermal efficiency of 40 per cent. It works in concert with a 79 PS and 141 Nm capable electric motor, linked with a e-drive transmission.
With high-density PCU (Power Control Unit) that control more than 100A of current, it features vertically arranged transistors and an efficient cooling system for the transistor to switch up to 10,000 times a second. The hybrid system is connected to a 177.6-volt Li-ion battery pack and the EV-only range stands at up to 25 km.
The overall efficiency of the midsize SUV could be around 25kmpl – making it the best-in-segment. Toyota will provide a standard warranty of 3 years/1 lakh km, which can be extended to 5 years/2.2 lakh km while the hybrid battery warranty stands at 8 years/1.6 lakh km.