Toyota Urban Cruiser HyRyder will share its underpinnings, powertrains and equipment with the upcoming Maruti Vitara
It has been clearly established by now that Toyota has been planning to launch a new compact C-segment SUV rivalling the likes of Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos and others. Test mules of this SUV have been frequently caught on camera in the past few months. Internally codenamed D22, this SUV has been jointly developed by Toyota and Suzuki.
Recently, the Japanese brand has also started marketing the upcoming SUV on its social media handles by highlighting various attributes of it on its teasers. Toyota has finally taken the covers off from the new SUV which has been branded as Urban Cruiser HyRyder.
Toyota Urban Cruiser HyRyder Makes Debut
Toyota is slated to commence series production of HyRyder in August which will be followed by its market launch soon. Bookings of Toyota HyRyder have opened from today officially. You can book the Toyota HyRyder SUV at a nearby authorized dealership, or online by paying Rs 25,000. Both FWD as well as AWD system will be on offer. Toyota HyRyder brochure reveals all the details – variants, specs, features, etc.
Along with HyRyder, there will be another version of this SUV which will be retailed by Maruti Suzuki and likely to be rebranded as Vitara. Both SUVs will be underpinned by Suzuki Global-C architecture that underpins models like Brezza, S-Cross and the global-spec Vitara. Take a look at the official TVC video of New Toyota HyRyder SUV below.
Manufacturing operations of both SUVs will be handled by Toyota at its Bidadi-based facility near Bengaluru in Karnataka. Toyota has confirmed that both SUVs will be global products and will be exported to overseas markets in Europe and Africa. HyRyder is also the first attempt at making a hybrid electric vehicle for the mass market in India.
Powering HyRyder is a Maruti-sourced 1.5-litre K15C dual-jet petrol engine that is available in two states of tune. Lower variants of the SUV will be offered with a mild-hybrid setup that will return an output of 103 bhp and 137 Nm of peak torque. The mild-hybrid variants of the SUV will be paired with either a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed automatic transmission. This version gets AWD option with MT. This setup is called Toyota HyRyder Neodrive.
Higher variants of HyRyder will be powered by a petrol hybrid motor. It gets a Toyota 1.5 liter TNGA petrol motor that delivers 92 hp and 122 Nm and an electric motor that delivers 79 hp and 141 Nm. When mated, the peak output stands at 115 hp and 141 Nm. This version of the powertrain will be exclusively mated to an eCVT automatic gearbox. Hybrid does not get AWD, it only gets FWD. This setup is called Toyota HyRyder Hybrid.
The strong hybrid self charging system of Toyota HyRyder is mated to a 177.6V lithium ion battery pack. It will help the SUV cruise in EV-only mode for up to 25 kms. This is what Toyota means by silent drive. In pure EV drive mode, Toyota HyRyder will drive as a fully electric car. Mileage of Toyota Hyryder has not been revealed, but is expected to be about 25 kmpl – best in segment.
Features on offer
In terms of features, Toyota has equipped HyRyder with numerous creature comforts that make in-cabin experience modern and convenient. These include a freestanding 9-inch touchscreen infotainment system, wireless Android Auto and Apple Carplay connectivity, a digital instrument console, ventilated front seats, automatic climate control, powered driver’s seat, panoramic sunroof, connected car tech and much more.
Total 4 variants are on offer with Toyota HyRyder. These are E, S, G and V. All four variants are offered with Neodrive setup while with the Hybrid, you only get S, G and V options. On the outside it gets LED headlights, LED taillights, machine cut 17 inch dual tone alloys, all wheel disc brakes, etc. Toyota HyRyder colour options include 7 single-tone and 4 dual-tone.
Apart from underpinnings, powertrain and equipment of Toyota HyRyder will also be shared with its upcoming Maruti cousin. Prices of the SUV are expected to be revealed ahead of its official launch. Both Toyota and Maruti are expected to price their respective SUVs starting at around Rs 10 lakh (ex-showroom). Toyota HyRyder warrant is at 3 years / 1 lakh kms, which can be extended to 5 years / 2.2 lakh kms. Battery warranty is at 8 years / 1.6 lakh kms.