It is a well-known fact that Maruti Suzuki and Toyota have been in partnership since 2017. The strategic collaboration aims to enable both manufacturers to pool their resources and technologies to broaden their product portfolio and market appeal. One of the recent products to come out of this partnership is the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara, which is essentially a rebadged Toyota Hyryder SUV. Maruti Suzuki is now planning to launch a more expensive model, a rebadged version of Toyota’s Innova Hycross premium MPV. According to online reports, Maruti Suzuki will be receiving between 9,000 to 10,000 units of Innova Hycross from Toyota each year.
The 9,000 to 10,000 units of Toyota Innova Hycross that Maruti Suzuki receives will be rebadged and launched under a different name in the market. Maruti Suzuki recently trademarked the name “Engage,” and it is likely that the upcoming MPV from the manufacturer might be named as such. Maruti Suzuki will also make minor cosmetic changes to the Innova Hycross to differentiate it from the original.
MSIL Chairman, RC Bhargawa, stated that the upcoming MPV from Maruti will be the brand’s flagship offering and not intended as a mass-market product. Recently, Toyota stopped accepting bookings for the top-end variants of Innova Hycross due to production and sourcing issues for raw materials. Nonetheless, Toyota will have to deliver 10,000 units of Innova Hycross to Maruti Suzuki each year as per the ongoing agreement. The dimensions and features of the Toyota Innova Hycross and the upcoming rebadged version from Maruti Suzuki are likely to remain the same.
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The Indian car manufacturer will merely remove the Toyota badges and make some changes to the front grille, bumper, and give it a new name. According to reports, Maruti Suzuki is likely to offer the upcoming premium MPV with a strong hybrid petrol engine only. Toyota offers the Innova Hycross with both naturally aspirated petrol and a strong hybrid petrol engine. The Toyota Innova Hycross is available in G, GX, VX, and ZX variants, with prices starting from Rs 18.30 lakh, ex-showroom, and going up to Rs 28.97 lakh, ex-showroom. The higher varaints of the Innova Hycross comes with features like panoramic sunroof, 360 degree camera, ADAS features, electrically reclining captain seats, ambient lights and so on.
The lower G and GX variants are available with only petrol engine options, while the VX and ZX variants come with the self-charging or strong hybrid engine option only. The strong hybrid version of Innova Hycross is available with a 2.0-liter petrol engine paired with an electric motor, generating a combined power output of 183 Ps. The strong hybrid version has a claimed fuel economy of 23.24 kmpl, the highest in its segment. Maruti’s version of Innova Hycross will likely have a similar fuel economy. The regular petrol version also uses a 2.0-liter petrol engine that generates 171 Ps and has a claimed economy of 16.13 kmpl. It is unclear whether Maruti will offer the regular petrol version with their version. When Maruti launches this MPV in the market, it will be the most expensive product ever launched in the Indian market by the manufacturer.
Via: The Telegraph Online
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