Maruti Suzuki has finally unveiled the Grand Vitara SUV, the sister model to Toyota's Urban Cruiser Hyryder that was revealed on July 1. Both SUVs will be built at Toyota's Karnataka plant.
While previous shared models were simple badge-swap jobs, this time around there are several factors that distinguish the Grand Vitara from the Hyryder. Read on to find out about them.
- Grand Vitara expected to go on sale in September, after the Hyryder
- Grand Vitara is the first Maruti Suzuki with a panoramic sunroof
Grand Vitara vs Hyryder: variant line-up
The Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara gets six variants – Sigma, Delta, Zeta, Alpha, Zeta Plus and Alpha Plus. The first four are available with a mild hybrid powertrain, while the remaining ones are part of the strong hybrid powertrain.
On the other hand, the Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder gets E, S, G, V trims for the mild hybrid powertrain. With the strong hybrid powertrain, the Hyryder is only available in the S, G, and V trims.
Toyota will announce the price break-up for the Hyryder in August, while Maruti is expected to announce the Grand Vitara's pricing soon after. Deliveries will commence this festive season.
Grand Vitara vs Hyryder: exterior and interior
Upfront, the Grand Vitara and the Hyryder can be differentiated via the grille and headlights. While the Hyryder gets the new Toyota grille – a thin opening and a big Toyota badge in the centre – first seen on the Camry, the Maruti SUV gets a wider grille in gloss black accents. The LED daytime running lights (DRLs) are designed differently, with the Grand Vitara sporting Maruti’s new 3 pod LED DRLs, first seen on the Baleno. Meanwhile, the Hyryder sports twin LED strips separated by a chrome stripe connected to the grille.
In profile, both look similar and the only differences are the alloy wheel design and splash of chrome on the D pillar present on the Maruti Suzuki SUV. The Grand Vitara is offered in six colours with three dual-tone options, while the Urban Cruiser Hyryder gets seven colours with four dual-tone options.
At the back, both get slim tail-lights. Where the Grand Vitara's tail-lights are separated by light bar, the Hyryder's are separated by a chrome strip. The Toyota sports twin C-shaped LED lights, the Maruti Suzuki has 3-block design that mimics the DRLs at the front. Both get reverse lights and indicators next to the tailgate.
The two SUVs more or less look similar on the inside too, with the only differentiating factor being various colour schemes for the interior. Both get the same steering wheel design that is also seen on other, newer Maruti Suzuki models. Even the AC controls, vents and power window switches are the same.
Grand Vitara vs Hyryder: features and equipment
The new hybrid SUVs from Maruti Suzuki and Toyota get a similar feature list. Both get a 9-inch Smart Pro Play Plus touchscreen infotainment system with connected car tech, panoramic sunroof, 360-degree camera on the higher variants, wireless charging, ambient lighting, full digital instrument cluster (only on strong hybrids), automatic climate control, ISOFIX child-seat mounts, and drive mode selector on the AWD version.
Grand Vitara vs Hyryder: powertrain and fuel efficiency
The new Grand Vitara and the Hyryder share the same powertrain and drivetrain options. Both hybrid SUVs get two engines – a mild hybrid option and a strong hybrid. The former is Maruti Suzuki’s four-cylinder K15C with Integrated Starter Generator (ISG), producing 103hp and 137Nm of torque. It is paired to either a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed torque converter automatic transmission.
The strong hybrid sports is Toyota’s three-cylinder 1.5-litre TNGA Atkinson Cycle engine mated to a 177.6V lithium-ion battery. Combined, it makes 115hp and is mated to Toyota's e-CVT transmission. All-wheel drive is also available on both SUVs, but only with the mild hybrid powertrain.
Maruti Suzuki claims that the mild hybrid version of the Grand Vitara has a fuel efficiency of 21.11kpl, while the Intelligent Electric Hybrid version’s claimed fuel efficiency is 27.97kpl. Toyota is also claiming the same fuel efficiency figures for its mild and strong hybrid powertrains.
Grand Vitara vs Hyryder: warranty comparison
Toyota is offering a 3 year/1,00,000km warranty on the Urban Cruiser Hyryder that can be extended to a 5 year/2,20,000km. The battery on the strong hybrid Hyryder is offered with an 8 year/1,60,000km warranty. Meanwhile, Maruti Suzuki has not yet announced the warranty coverage for the Grand Vitara.
Grand Vitara vs Hyryder: rivals
The Grand Vitara and Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder will compete with each other. Additionally, they will rival the likes of the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Skoda Kushaq, and Volkswagen Taigun.
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