Toyota India has launched their first mass market strong hybrid, the Urban Cruiser Hyryder. It comes as not just a rebadge of the Maruti Suzuki Brezza, but with a ton of work done underneath to make it a considerably different car.
The Urban Cruiser Hyryder will in fact have an AWD variant with multiple terrain modes, and does its part in deserving the “SUV” moniker. Being a strong hybrid, Toyota’s newest offering will have self-charging configuration. This is wherein the internal combustion engine powers the electric motor, which in turn drives the vehicle.
Read along to see what’s changed from the old Urban Cruiser.
Powertrain of the Urban Cruiser Hyryder:
Coming straight to the talk of the town, the new Urban Cruiser Hyryder will be powered by two different kinds of powertrains.
Non-hybrid ‘neoDrive’ models will be powered by a Maruti Suzuki sourced 1.5L naturally aspirated K-series petrol engine producing a measly 100bhp and 135Nm of torque with ISG. This engine gets paired to a 5-speed manual and 6-speed automatic transmission. The drivetrain will be available in both 2WD and AWD configurations, a first among its competition. Do not expect it to be as off-road capable though, as say, the Thar. Do note that only the manual gearbox will be available with AWD.
The hybrid drive variants will have a slightly different ICE, in the form of a 1.5L TNGA engine powering the electric motor. The engine churns out 90bhp in itself with the total motor output coming out to a respectable 113bhp. Maximum torque output of the system comes up to 141Nm. Given that it is an electric drive, there is of course no gearbox.
For all its worth, the Toyota claims the Urban Cruiser Hyryder to get a class-leading fuel efficiency, but figures have not been released off late.
Needless to say, the Urban Cruiser Hyryder gets a completely new design all around. Things have changed from being looking extremely similar to the then-called Vitara Brezza. It is a bigger vehicle in all dimensions, and even the wheelbase is 100mm more than the new Brezza.
On the outside, the headlamps get a spilt treatment with twin light bars on top as DRLs and indicators along with a larger LED projector setup lower down as the main headlamp. A Fortuner-esque front fascia can been seen, with a fake carbon fibre-like plastic piece between the headlamps. Toyota has done its fair share towards putting enough chrome here and there. The main grille is lower down with hexagonal elements that do give the car a fresh look.
At the side, the Urban Cruiser gets the usual SUV stance with a “Hybrid” badging on the fenders. There is also a new sleek alloy wheel design with black body cladding lining the wheel wells and side skirts.
At the rear, there is again a refreshed look in terms of the lights. A LED tail-lamp setup with the Toyota logo in between on some chrome garnish is complemented lower down on either sides with the reversing and fog lights. Toyota has also given the Urban Cruiser Hyryder a silver coloured skid plate.
The interior is where the Urban Cruiser trumps the Brezza on multiple fronts. The basic layout stays similar with a dual tone dashboard for hybrid trims (monotone for the rest of the line-up), a 9-inch floating centre infotainment screen with multiple connected car features, 360-degree camera, heads-up display with wireless charging and paddle shifters.
But the Urban Cruiser takes the table with a few more desirable features like a 7-inch digital drivers display, ventilated seats, drive mode selection knob (for the AWD variants), and a glorious panoramic sunroof.
On the rear seats, it is again a similar affair but albeit with slight improvements. Rear AC vents with charging ports are present. The rear seats get reclining functions with 60:40 split.
Unlike Maruti, safety is something one would definitely associate with Toyota. The carmaker in fact hasn’t disappointed here either. All but the base 2 variants get 6 airbags on the Urban Cruiser Hyryder. ABS with EBD, ESC, hill hold assist, ISOFIX child seat anchors and rear parking sensors come standard across all variants. The body in itself is MS’s advanced TECT platform structure for better structural stability.
But we all know these on-paper features do little to make sure these cars are really safe. So it all remains to be seen how effective they are in the real world.
Prices for the Urban Cruiser Hyryder:
As of launch, prices for the new Urban Cruiser Hyryder have not been released. Do not expect it to come cheap either, considering there to be a hybrid system on offer. Bookings are open for the car here.