Toyota has announced that a CNG variant of the new Urban Cruiser Hyryder SUV will be available soon. This will be the first CNG-powered model in the midsize SUV segment. Pricing has not yet been revealed, but Toyota has started booking the Urban Cruiser Hyryder CNG with a token amount of Rs 25,000. The company also launched the CNG-powered Glanza hatchback.
Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder CNG: first in segment
This will be the big difference for the Urban Cruiser Hyryder, which is currently supposed to be an equivalent model that comes with a factory-fitted CNG kit. Naturally, the CNG kit comes with a 1.5 liter K15C, four-cylinder engine supplied by Maruti that is already in operation on Ertiga and XL6 CNG spec MPVs.
Toyota hasn’t officially released power and torque figures for the Hyryder CNG, but this engine produces 88hp and 121.5Nm in CNG mode on the XL6. So you can expect Hyryder’s output figures to be about the same. However, Toyota has confirmed that it will only offer a five-speed manual transmission, like most CNG models, and also cited fuel economy as 26.10 km/kg. Although not yet ARAI certified, this is slightly below the fuel economy of the XL6 MPV (26.32 km/kg).
Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder CNG: trims and features
Toyota has also revealed that the mid-spec S and G trims of the standard SUV will be offered with the Hyryder CNG. That means the company won’t skimp on features, as the G trim has plenty of features like full-LED headlamps, 17-inch alloy wheels, 9-inch touchscreen infotainment, interior ambient lighting, and side and curtain airbags.
Once on sale, the Hyryder could be the most premium CNG model available in the country. So with the launch of the Hyryder CNG, CNG cars are no longer limited to entry-level models.
Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder CNG: Rivals
Hyryder CNG will inevitably have a Maruti counterpart to the Grand Vitara CNG, which will be their only rival in the near future. The segment is currently leaning towards gasoline-only models like the Skoda Kushaq, Volkswagen Taigun, MG Astor and Nissan Kicks, but diesel powertrain options are also available in the Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos.
But the duo of Maruti and Toyota set themselves apart from the class, first with a powerful hybrid powertrain, and now with the segment’s first factory-fitted CNG kit. If powerful hybrid models are expensive for those who strictly prioritize fuel efficiency, then CNG models should fill that space.