The Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara was unveiled earlier this month, and the SUV has begun reaching NEXA dealerships across the country, where it’s on display. Test drives of the Grand Vitara will commence soon and NEXA dealers are now taking pre-bookings for the compact SUV. Maruti Suzuki has received over 40,000 bookings for the Grand Vitara ahead of the SUV’s September 2022 launch. Deliveries will also commence in September, right after the launch.
While Toyota was to launch the Urban Cruiser Hyryder – a badge engineered version of the Maruti Grand Vitara – on the 16th of August, 2022, the launch has been pushed back due to unknown reasons. We anticipate that the Toyota Hyryder will also be launched in September 2022. Pre-bookings for the Hyydeer are open at all Toyota dealerships across India while test drives will commence post launch.
Notably, Toyota will build both the Hyryder and the Maruti Grand Vitara, side-by-side, at its Bidadi factory off Bengaluru. Both the Hyrder and Grand Vitara are the same SUVs save for the exterior design. Both SUVs will be available with two powertrains: 1.5 liter K15C petrol mild hybrid and 1.5 liter TNGA petrol strong hybrid.
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While the K15C petrol motor makes 102 Bhp-137 Nm, and is available on a wide range of Maruti Suzuki cars including the XL6 and recently-launched Brezza, the TNGA motor is being introduced in India for the first time. While the TNGA petrol strong hybrid runs on the Atkinson’s cycle and produces 91 Bhp-122 Nm, the electric motor it’s paired with makes 78 Bhp-141 Nm. A CVT automatic gearbox drives the front wheels.
Combined output stands at 114 Bhp, and the TNGA Strong Hybrid Grand Vitara and Hyryder are both capable of operating on full-electric mode for upto 25 kilometers. The claimed fuel efficiency of the Strong Hybrid equipped SUVs is close to 30 Kmpl, making them more fuel efficient than even diesel powered SUVs. This will be one of the biggest selling point of both the Maruti Grand Vitara and the Toyota Hyryder.
Both the Hyryder and Grand Vitara will get an all wheel drive option – a first-in-segment feature. However, the all wheel drive layout will be offered only on the petrol mild hybrid-manual transmission equipped variants. The petrol mild hybrid powertrain will also get an automatic option – a 6 speed torque converter unit. Both SUVs will get a slew of features such as panoramic sunroof, black leatherette seats, leatherette steering wheel, puddle lamps, ventilated front seats, better sound system, 360 degree camera and tyre pressure monitoring system.
As for pricing, leaked documents indicate a starting price of Rs. 9.5 lakh for the base variant of the Maruti Grand Vitara, which replaces the S-Cross in Maruti Suzuki’s NEXA line-up. A similar price tag is likely for the Toyota Hyryder as well. Top-end strong hybrid variants will be much pricier though. Looking at the booking numbers, it seems likely that the Grand Vitara will command a long waiting period. Over to the launch now.
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