Better late than never!
Toyota’s India subsidiary Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) was happy selling just Innovas and Fortuners in the country, that was until it finally realized that it could make a lot more money in the lower segments. That realization led to TKM borrowing a couple of vehicles from Maruti Suzuki, as part of the Toyota-Suzuki global partnership. TKM also realized that it has been missing in the subcompact crossover SUV segment in the country, currently ruled by the Creta & Seltos siblings. And the result is the Hyryder. In fact, TKM calls this ‘Urban Cruiser Hyryder’, which appears to be Maruti’s idea. I’m not entirely sure why you need two names. I mean, no one is gonna use that long name; the people who are gonna walk into the showroom, are simply gonna call this a ‘Hyryder’ because you’re gonna lose a lot of energy just by saying that full name, not to mention the awkwardness post using that long name.
The Hyryder (yea, I’m just gonna use the last name) is a decent looking crossover that follows the dual-lamp trend that has been going on in the SUV segment for quite a while now. The running lights at the top double as turn signals, while the main LED headlights are down on the bumper. The side profile looks fairly clean and there’s not a lot of drama going on, while at the rear, again, you have a dual-lamp setup. Personally, I like the rear fascia more than the front. The G and V trims get 17-inch machined alloy wheels. A panoramic sunroof is standard on the range-topping hybrid trims.
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For those who care to know the dimensions, the Hyryder measures 4,365 mm long, 1,795 mm wide and 1,635 mm tall, with a wheelbase of 2,600 mm. It is slightly larger than the Creta, but the wheelbase is shorter by 10 mm. You shouldn’t be surprised to know that the Hyryder rides on Suzuki’s Global C platform that also underpins the Vitara and the SX4 S-Cross globally. But anyway, in addition to 7 monotone paint options, you have 4 dual-tone options as well.
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Inside, the dashboard kinda reminds us of the Yaris Cross, but is not exactly the same. There’s a bit of RAV4 vibes going on too, but you decide. Key features depending on the trim include a black-brown dual-tone theme, a 9-inch central touchscreen, a 7-inch MID, a head-up display, a wireless smartphone charging pad, tilt & telescopic steering wheel, auto AC, Arkamys sound tuning, and more. Download the brochure here.
As for safety features, you get airbags (front, side and curtain), ABS with EBD, adjustable front seat belts, front seat belt reminder, a 360-degree camera view, Isofix mounts, VSC, hill-hold control, hill-descent control, TPMS, and a few more.
Moving on to the juicy bits of the story, the powertrain options start with the mild-hybrid one borrowed from Suzuki, the same one that powers the new Brezza. It’s a 1.5-litre (1,462 cc) 4-cylinder naturally aspirated K15C petrol engine combined with a 48-volt mild-hybrid system. The output figures are 75.8 kW (103 metric hp) at 6000 rpm and 136.8 Nm (101 lb-ft) of torque at 4400 rpm. The engine can be paired with either a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic transmission.
And then you have another 1.5-litre (1,490 cc) 3-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine (M15A-FXE), the one that powers the Yaris Cross as well, combined with an electric motor at the front. The ICE produces 68 kW (92 metric hp) and 122 Nm (90 lb-ft) of torque, while the e-motor develops 59 kW (80 metric hp) and 141 Nm (104 lb-ft) of torque. But the system output is capped at 85 kW (115.5 metric hp). Transmission here is a CVT, branded as e-Drive.
Now, you’d assume that the AWD option is being offered in the HEV variant. But that’s not the case with the Hyryder. The AWD option is being offered in the ‘V’ mild-hybrid manual variant.