The Toyota Urban Cruiser, the Maruti Vitara Brezza with Toyota’s grille, bumper, lights and badges is available with a 12V mild-hybrid system in the automatic versions. In this story, we explain how the mild-hybrid system of the Toyota Urban Cruiser works.
The electrical system of the Toyota Urban Cruiser (the same ‘SHVS’ system of Maruti cars) converts the kinetic energy generated during deceleration into electric energy. There’s an Integrated Starter Generator (ISG) in place of a conventional alternator, and its job is this conversion process as well as storing the electrical energy in the batteries. Speaking of batteries, there are two of them, one Lithium-ion and one Lead Acid, the latter powering the headlamp, horn and other accessories.
The electric energy recuperated at the time of braking and deceleration is used for two functions: Idle Start Stop and Torque Assist. When the driver brings the vehicle to a halt, say a red light or in traffic, and if optimal conditions are met, Idle Start Stop turns off the vehicle. When the driver resumes the drive, the ISG, using the electrical energy, turns on the vehicle. This function reduces fuel consumption of the Urban Cruiser.
Torque Assist also requires the ISG using the electrical energy of the batteries. This function provides the vehicle with an electrical boost under heavy engine load, like when the driver fully depresses the accelerator suddenly, for instance.
The Toyota Urban Cruiser features a mild-hybrid system in the automatic transmission-fitted Mid, High and Premium grades. Below are the retail prices of the compact SUV with available partial electrification:
|Grade||Toyota Urban Cruiser Price*|
|Mid MT||INR 8,40,000|
|High MT||INR 9,15,000|
|Premium MT||INR 9,80,000|
|Mid AT SHVS||INR 9,80,000|
|High AT SHVS||INR 10,65,000|
|Premium AT SHVS||INR 11,30,000|