The Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara and the Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder were launched in India last year. Both these SUVs are currently in the headlines for their extended waiting periods in the country. Reportedly, the waiting period for SUVs can be as long as 15 months. Speculations are rife that the mild-hybrid versions of the Hyryder have a maximum waiting duration of up to 15 months, and the strong-hybrid models have a waiting period of between 6 and 7 months. The Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara, on the other hand, is rumoured to have a shorter waiting period. The higher-spec Zeta and Alpha models reportedly have a 5-month waiting period whereas the entry-level Sigma and Delta mild-hybrid variants have a waiting period of up to 8 months. The strong-hybrid Zeta+ and Alpha+ trims, on the other hand, only have a 3-month extended waiting period.
On the mechanical front, the same set of powertrain options is offered for the Toyota Hyryder and the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara in India. Both of these SUVs are available with either a mild hybrid or a powerful hybrid petrol engine. The SUV's mild hybrid variant is powered by a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated engine that produces a maximum power of 102bhp and a peak torque of 136Nm. Both a 5-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters are offered with this engine option. A mild hybrid system is available for this engine. The other engine is a 1.5-litre, three-cylinder petrol engine, coupled with a powerful hybrid drivetrain. In this engine setup, an electric motor functions alongside a petrol unit and generates 92bhp of the maximum power and 122Nm of peak torque. An eCVT gearbox is available for this engine. Also, the mild hybrid manual versions of both SUVs come with an AWD option.
Talking about the price, the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara currently retails between Rs 10.45 and Rs 19.65 lakh (ex-showroom), and the Hyryder ranges between Rs. 10.48 and Rs 18.99 lakh (ex-showroom). In terms of sales, the Grand Vitara reportedly surpasses the Hyryder. The Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara sold 6,200 units on average a month since its inception, compared to the Hyryder's 3,000 units, a month on average.
Recently, Maruti Suzuki and Toyota issued recalls for their respective models in India. A total of 11,177 units of Grand Vitara SUV have been recalled by the leading Indian automaker. The four-wheeler is said to have a possible defect in its rear seat belt mounting brackets. Toyota, on the other hand, recalled 4,026 units of Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder citing a similar issue. Reportedly, the flaw, if not addressed, may result in loosing the brackets and limiting the function of the seat belt in the long run.