2022 Toyota Urban Cruiser HyRyder debuts in India – B-SUV with 1.5L mild and full hybrid powertrains

2022 Toyota Urban Cruiser HyRyder debuts in India – B-SUV with 1.5L mild and full hybrid powertrains

Toyota has launched the new Urban Cruiser HyRyder in India, and while it may share part of its name with the sub-four-metre SUV revealed back in August 2020, this B-SUV is something different. A model to come out of Toyota’s partnership with Maruti Suzuki, the HyRyder shares its platform with the upcoming Grand Vitara.

As such, the HyRyder is a larger vehicle compared to the regular Urban Cruiser, measuring in at 4,365 mm long, 1,795 mm wide, 1,635 mm tall and with a wheelbase of 2,600 mm. Meanwhile, the Urban Cruiser is 3,995 mm long, 1,790 mm wide, 1,640 mm tall and its wheelbase only spans 2,500 mm. For further context, the HyRyder is about the size of a Proton X50 and the previous Honda HR-V.

Design-wise, the new Toyota SUV features slim twin LED DRLs with chrome trim that extends into the largely closed-off grille. Said grille is a crystal acrylic piece with a piano black finish and is largely closed off, save for two slits at its base.

The main headlamps, which are either bi-halogen or LEDs, occupy the corners of the lower apron, flanking a large trapezoidal-shaped intake. The sculpted bumper is accompanied by an off-coloured lip as well as a butch-looking bonnet, while the sides feature black body cladding as you’d expect of an SUV.

2022 Toyota Urban Cruiser HyRyder debuts in India – B-SUV with 1.5L mild and full hybrid powertrains

As for the sides, you’ll find a blocky design with large window sections and thick C-pillars, while the rear features two-piece taillights with C-shaped elements that extend into the tailgate. Like the front, there’s an off-coloured trim piece at the base of the bumper, and the corners house the reverse lights and reflectors.

Inside, the main highlight of the layered dashboard is the touchscreen infotainment system (seven or nine inches), which sits at the very top above the centre air vents, air-conditioning controls, power outlets, a storage cubby and raised section for the gear lever selector. For the driver, there’s a multi-function steering wheel and either a 4.2- or 7-inch instrument cluster display, depending on the grade.

Rear passengers get a 60:40 split-folding bench with reclining backrests as well as rear vents and USB ports. Being a more premium offering, the HyRyder also boasts amenities like leather upholstery, ambient lighting, an Arkamys-tuned sound system, a powered panoramic roof, a head-up display, automatic air-conditioning with PM2.5 filter, cruise control, a wireless charger, keyless entry and start, Toyota i-Connect telematics/connected services, six airbags and passive safety systems – these are also variant dependant.

Toyota isn’t holding back when it comes to puns related to the HyRyder, with one of them being “it’s hy time to move up to the hybrid life.” Yes, this is an eco-friendly SUV, and there are two electrified powertrains offered.

2022 Toyota Urban Cruiser HyRyder debuts in India – B-SUV with 1.5L mild and full hybrid powertrains

The first is the M15A-FXE that is currently used in the Aqua (Prius c) and hybrid versions of the Yaris, Yaris Cross and Mazda 2. The 1.5 litre Atkinson cycle three-cylinder unit puts out 92.4 PS at 5,550 rpm and 122 Nm of torque from 3,800 to 4,800 rpm, paired with an e-Drive CVT.

The front-wheel drive setup also sees a lithium-ion battery power an electric motor rated at 80.2 PS (59 kW) and 141 Nm for a total system output of 115.56 PS (85 kW). This self-charging powertrain is used in the Hybrid variant of the HyRyder, with three grades (S, G and V) available.

The second powertrain a mild hybrid system developed by Suzuki and dubbed NeoDrive by Toyota, which features a K15C 1.5 litre naturally-aspirated four-cylinder push out 101.9 PS at 6,000 rpm and 135 Nm at 4,400 rpm, backed by an integrated starter generator (ISG) and a 6 Ah lithium-ion battery.

2022 Toyota Urban Cruiser HyRyder debuts in India – B-SUV with 1.5L mild and full hybrid powertrains

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The NeoDrive powertrain comes with a five-speed manual or six-speed automatic transmission, along with a choice of front- or all-wheel drive – the latter is a first in the mid-size SUV segment in India. Four variants (E, S, G and V) are available for the NeoDrive variant, which has a kerb weight of between 1,155 and 1,275 kg compared to the Hybrid that is heavier at between 1,270 and 1,310 kg.

Both variants come with MacPherson struts at the front and a rear torsion beam, along with 17-inch wheels (215/60 profile tyres) that are either steelies or machined alloys. Seven monotone colours are offered, with four dual-tone options applicable on selected grades.

Production of the HyRyder will only commence from August and pricing will be announced at a later date, although it’s estimated start from one million Indian rupees (RM55,741). Toyota’s electrified SUV will compete against the likes of the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, MG Astor, Volkswagen Taigun, Skoda Kushaq and its close sibling, the new Grand Vitara

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Gerard Lye

Originating from the corporate world with a background in finance and economics, Gerard’s strong love for cars led him to take the plunge into the automotive media industry. It was only then did he realise that there are more things to a car than just horsepower count.



  • Ramesh on Jul 12, 2022 at 4:58 pm

    All compact suv like Mazda CX-30, Subaru XV, Vitara, ASX, CH-R

    But this one, getting advanced and better.

    This will be Indian new Suzuki Grand Vitara replacement model too.

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  • Elon Fanboi on Jul 12, 2022 at 5:04 pm

    Perodua B segment SUV

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    • If this is for P2 Bsegment fighter than what make of Ativa? Failed segment?

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  • Jom Global on Jul 12, 2022 at 5:07 pm

    The best thing is this Toyota Hyrder/Suzuki Grand Vitara,
    Get the taste of best hybrid – 1.5EV, comes from B-SUV Yaris Cross.

    Best fuel efficient with responsiveness.
    At the higher spec, probably start only at RM85k/1500000 INR

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  • Celup King on Jul 12, 2022 at 6:10 pm

    Face problem
    Butt problem
    Screen problem
    Seat problem
    Brand problem

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  • Sakthi on Jul 12, 2022 at 6:47 pm

    Creta Vs Seltos Vs Astor Vs Kushaq Vs Taigun vs Grand Vitara,
    At india, they all usually range from 10lakh to 20lakh (RM55k to RM111k),
    Roti Kosong spec to Full spec.
    Even a smaller Suzuki Brezza cost 8lakh (RM45k) to 18lakh (RM100k)

    When compared – China Geely Binyue only start RM47k – RM71k.

    However, this Toyota Hyrder B-SUV? Is among the largest @ the group.
    It’s a game Changer now @ India, storming market with 4no. 2022 models in a row now
    1. Toyota Hyrder /Suzuki Grand Vitara
    2. Suzuki Brezza /Toyota Urban Cruiser

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  • Myvi Cross?

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    • Kapchai on Jul 13, 2022 at 2:15 pm

      DNGA Yaris Cross is TYT Raize ativa
      This is a 5 seater of the Veloz Cross.

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  • Wah, India already got to experience the M15A hybrid powertrain, a bit jealous leh . Rumour has it that the hybrid version of the next-gen Vios will also be using this powertrain. So far independent tests and owners have reported that the fuel economy of this powertrain is really good.

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