Maruti Suzuki is working on a new compact SUV that will be based on the Baleno premium hatchback. The new SUV has been codenamed YTB internally and the SUV is expected to launch sometime next year. Here, we have the first render of the Baleno based YTB SUV.
The render has been done in various colours and only the front quarter of the SUV has been rendered. It is important to note that it is too early to predict the design of the prototype. Due to this, the final SUV might end up looking totally different from the render.
The render has some elements of the Suzuki A-Cross that is sold in the international market. The A-Cross is the rebadged version of the Toyota RAV4. Both the Japanese manufacturers came into collaboration because of which they can share each other’s vehicles and technology.
Up-front we can see a split headlamp design. The upper U-shaped Daytime Running Lamp has been inspired by the Maruti Suzuki Futuro-e Concept that was showcased at the Auto Expo 2020. The LED Daytime Running Lamp will also double up as turn indicators.
We can see the U-shaped elements in the grille. This design might look familiar to you because it has been used on the S-Presso and the pre-facelift Vitara Brezza. Then we have the main headlamp unit which we can see has a projector setup. There is an air dam, black inserts in the lower half of the grille and a faux skid plate.
Then we come to the side profile where we can see newly designed precision cut alloy wheels and plastic cladding over the wheel arches. There is a chrome belt that runs alongside the window. The vehicle here is more of a crossover than an SUV.
It is important to note that the manufacturer already has Vitara Brezza which is selling very well in the Indian market. However, since its launch of the Vitara Brezza, its price has gone up quite a bit. Now, there are a lot of compact SUVs that are much more affordable than the Vitara Brezza. So, Maruti Suzuki is developing a more affordable compact SUV that will be priced lower than the Vitara Brezza. Also, the Brezza has been on sale for quite some time now and it is due for a new generation. When the new generation launches the prices of the SUV will increase once again.
The YTB will be sharing its underpinnings with the Baleno. This will help in reducing manufacturing costs. It will use the same HEARTECT platform that underpins the Baleno. The YTB will also share the engine options with the Baleno. So, there will be a 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine that produces 88 PS of max power and 113 Nm of peak torque. It will be mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox or a CVT automatic transmission.
Internally the YTB has been referred to as a “sister car” to the Baleno. This strategy has already been successful with the Ertiga and the XL6. Also, compact SUVs have strong demand currently. So, it makes sense that Maruti Suzuki is adding another compact SUV to their line-up.