Happen to own the newly launched Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder? You may want to take it to the shop soon. The Japanese company has announced a voluntary recall of around a thousand units of the compact SUV. According to the carmaker, the affected units have an issue with the front seat belt shoulder height adjuster plate assembly. If the part fails, it may result in a complete disassembly of the seat belt!
If it makes you feel better, Toyota did confirm that so far, no issues or failures have been reported. In case the part is affected, the company will replace it for free. Some time ago, Maruti Suzuki issued the same recall of over 9,000 units of the Ciaz, Brezza, Ertiga, XL6 and Grand Vitara. Considering the Grand Vitara shares most of its components with the Hyryder, both recalls seem to be rooted in the same parts supplier.
The Hyryder was launched only a couple of months back in September with both strong- and mild-hybrid options. While the former comes with Toyota’s 1.5-litre TNGA Atkinson Cycle petrol (116PS), the latter gets a mild-hybrid motor, which makes 103PS of power. Toyota claims the strong hybrid delivers fuel efficiency of 27.97kmpl.
Design-wise, the Hyryder combines the rugged aesthetics of an SUV with modern and sleeker-looking bodywork. Highlighting it is a very prominent bonnet at the front, with big air dams underneath the LED DRLs. Then there’s the chrome strip running across the front and rear end of the car. On the side, you’ll see cuts and creases across the length of the bodywork, along with the 17-inch alloy wheels, helping it give an upright stance.
The feature list here consists of ventilated front seats, ambient lighting, a 360-degree camera, a heads-up display and a panoramic sunroof. Meanwhile, safety is handled by six airbags with ABS, EBD, VSC, cruise control, hill-hold assist and descent control. The Urban Cruiser Hyryder is currently priced from Rs 10.48 lakh to Rs 18.99 lakh (ex-showroom Delhi) and goes up against the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara, Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Volkswagen Taigun and Skoda Kushaq.
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