After numerous teasers, Maruti Suzuki has finally unveiled the new Grand Vitara, which shares its underpinnings with the Toyota Hyryder. The Toyota Hyryder was unveiled in India earlier this month, and both the SUVs will share the same platform and will be manufactured at Toyota’s Karnataka plant. It is no secret that they are not just re-badged versions of each other, which was seen in the previous models of Brezza and Urban Cruiser. Several elements distinguish the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara from the Toyota Hyryder.

The exterior and interior

Apart from the general body design, both the vehicles opted for different design languages on the grille and headlights.

The Hyryder has a sleeker LED strip headlight separated by a unique crystal acrylic grill with a chrome stripe and a wide trapezoidal lower grille, whereas the Grand Vitara has a wider grille and sleek headlights with 3-pod LED DRLs, giving it a more commanding and bold appearance. Both vehicles have sleek taillights in the back. The only difference is that the Hyryder’s taillights are separated by a chrome strip, whereas the Grand Vitara’s taillights are separated by a light bar with the logo in the middle.

The Hyryder is available in seven colours with four dual-tone options, whereas the Grand Vitara is only available in six colours with three dual-tone options. The interiors of the two SUVs are pretty much similar, with the interior colour schemes serving as the primary distinguishing feature.

The steering wheel, power window switches, vents, and even the AC controls are identical. The only difference is that the Grand Vitara has Maruti Suzuki badging and the Hyryder has Toyota’s badging on the steering.

Even though both the SUV’s wheelbase and breadth are the same, the measurements differ slightly. The Toyota SUV is marginally longer than the Grand Vitara, while the new Grand Vitara is marginally taller than the Hyryder.

Variants and engine options

Both the SUVs are equipped with two engines: a powerful hybrid and a mild hybrid option. For mild hybrids, Maruti’s 1.5L four-cylinder K15C is used, which makes 103hp and 137 Nm of torque. Apart from this, both engines come with a 5-speed manual or a 6-speed automatic gearbox with paddle shifters. On the other hand, for a strong hybrid, Toyota’s three-cylinder 1.5-liter engine with TNGA Atkinson Cycle is used, which is connected to a 177.6V lithium-ion battery, producing a combined 115hp and 122 Nm of torque.

The Hyryder is available in 6 variants: E, S, G, and V (NEODRIVE) for the mild hybrid powertrain, and S, G, and V (HYBRID) for the strong hybrid powertrain.

The Grand Vitara gets six variants: Sigma, Delta, Zeta, and Alpha for mild hybrid powertrains, and for the strong hybrid powertrain, Zeta Plus, and Alpha Plus are available.

Features

Both the SUVs are equipped with AWD technology, a coloured heads-up display, 360 camera view, a 9-inch Smart infotainment system integrated with voice assist, built-in smart connect, ventilated seats, a panoramic sunroof, and a fully digital instrument cluster, etc.