Toyota has started releasing teasers of its upcoming mid-size SUV. It is expected to be called Urban Cruiser Hyryder and will be unveiled on 1st July. The SUV could go on sale later in August. The latest teaser released by the Japanese manufacturer confirms that the SUV will come with an all-wheel drive.
The Urban Cruiser Hyryder will be offered with two engine options. Both of them will be 1.5-litre, four-cylinder petrol engines. The lower variants will get a mild-hybrid setup whereas the higher variants will get a strong hybrid system.
The lower spec engine produces 103 PS of max power and the torque output is not known as of now. It does seem like this is the same engine that we have seen on the XL6 and Ertiga. So, the torque output could be 137 Nm. It will be offered with a 6-speed manual gearbox or a 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission.
This is the first time that we will be seeing a 6-speed manual gearbox with this transmission. Till now, Maruti Suzuki has only offered a 5-speed manual gearbox. Moreover, if you opt for the automatic transmission then there will also be paddle shifters behind the steering wheel so you would be able to take manual control of the gearbox.
This engine would also be offered with an all-wheel drive powertrain. So, the Toyota Hyryder will be the first SUV in the segment to offer all-wheel drive. As of now, not much is known about the drivetrain so we cannot comment on terrain or drive modes. But Toyota has confirmed that the all-wheel drive system would be present.
Then there is the strong hybrid engine. This is also the first time that a manufacturer will be offering a strong hybrid system in the mid-size SUV segment. The engine would produce 116 Ps of max power but as of now, we do not know the torque output. The power output is similar to the international spec Vitara in which the torque output is 138 Nm. The Vitara gets a 6-speed AGS transmission but in India, we will be getting an e-CVT which will be smoother than the AGS.
Toyota will not offer any diesel engine with the new SUV. However, the fuel efficiency figures should be on the higher side, especially for the strong hybrid engine.
Other things that we can notice from the teaser video are rear disc brakes. So, the Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder will come with all-wheel disc brakes. It seems like the reversing lights are placed separately in the rear bumper.
Maruti Suzuki will also be selling their version of the same SUV. It will look different as it will have a different exterior design. Both the SUVs will be manufactured at Toyota’s manufacturing plant in Bidadi, Karnataka. While Toyota’s Hyryder goes on sale in August, Maruti will release its SUV in the festive season. They could call the new SUV “Vitara” because they are no longer using this moniker for their upcoming Brezza. It would also replace the Vitara that is currently on sale in the global market.