Suzuki and Toyota’s partnership to develop new cars is giving the Indian market results like the Toyota Glanza and Urban Cruiser. But both the are brands are planning to enter the highly competitive segment that is currently ruled by the Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos. Both the brands are working to develop an all-new product that will sell through individual dealerships of Toyota and Maruti Suzuki in India.
91wheels has caught both the upcoming cars testing together. The vehicles were caught near Manesar. Maruti Suzuki has codenamed the new car YFG while Toyota calls it the D22. The pictures reveal a lot of new interesting highlights about the upcoming cars.
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Under the heavy camouflage, the front end of both cars shows a significant difference in design. While the likes of Glanza and Urban Cruiser do not offer such stark differences, the upcoming mid-size SUV is designed from grounds-up. This has allowed both the manufacturers to style the vehicle according to their language.
The pictures show that the Toyota’s iteration will offer a split-headlamp set-up with dual-LED daytime running lamps positioned above the main headlamps. The Maruti Suzuki YFG will offer a split headlamp set-up as well but the layout will be different.
The pictures also indicate that both cars will have more than 200mm of ground clearance. The squared-off wheel arches with 17-inch alloy wheels add a butch look to the car. It seems like Toyota is yet to decide the design of the alloy wheels as it was running on steel rims.
Both the cars will offer a large touchscreen unit in the centre as seen in the picture.
The new vehicle will be based on Toyota’s low-cost Daihatsu New Generation Architecture (DNGA). It is derived from Toyota’s TNGA, which underpins cars like Camry in India. Think of DNGA as the low-cost version of the TNGA. Same as the VW Group’s MQB A0-IN is derived from the expensive MQB A0.
Coming to the engines, there is no confirmation on the same. However, the vehicles are likely to get a strong hybrid system developed by Toyota, The power unit will be a 1.5-litre petrol engine. As always, Maruti Suzuki will aim for a high-fuel efficiency, which can sway a lot of buyers from cars like Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Skoda Kushaq, VW Taigun and more because of the skyrocketing fuel prices.
Both the cars will arrive one after the other around the festive season. This will be the first Toyota and Maruti Suzuki product that will be made at Toyota’s plant in Karnataka.
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