Maruti Suzuki and Toyota are working on a new mid-size SUV for quite some time now. The new mid-size SUV will be sold by both manufacturers just like they have done with some of the other cars. According to Autocar India, both the SUVs will be launched around the festive season of 2022.
Both the SUVs will be built in Toyota’s manufacturing plant located in Karnataka. Maruti Suzuki is calling the upcoming SUV by its codename, YFG whereas Toyota has codenamed the SUV as D22. The current vehicles that are shared by both manufacturers are built by Maruti Suzuki and sold by both manufacturers. However, with the upcoming SUVs this will be different, both will be built by Toyota and then they will be sold by both manufacturers.
The new SUVs will be not be built on the TNGA platform that is used by Toyota for the Camry. Instead, it will be built on the DNGA platform that has been created to underpin vehicles made for the developing markets. This platform is also already being used by Toyota and Daihatsu for some vehicles that are on sale in global markets.
It will be a strong hybrid powertrain
Unlike the current Maruti Suzuki vehicles which use a mild-hybrid technology, the new SUV will be a strong hybrid. It will be a similar technology that Toyota is using on the Camry. So, there would be a large enough battery that would be able to drive the SUV on its own.
This would help in increasing fuel efficiency significantly. Moreover, it would also provide torque assist which means that the engine would have to take less strain in city conditions. The current mild-hybrid technology that Maruti Suzuki is using provides torque-assist but cannot drive the vehicle on its own. But it does come with idle engine start/stop functionality.
The spy shots of the new Brezza are already out and they revealed that Maruti Suzuki has added a bunch of features to it. We are also expecting that the new SUV will also be feature loaded so that it can compete against the Kia Seltos, MG Astor and Hyundai Creta, all three of them are known for their exhaustive features list.
We are expecting the new SUV to come with features like an electric sunroof, connected car technology, paddle shifters, new multi-information display, 360-degree parking camera, wireless phone charger, LED headlamps and LED tail lamps, a new large touchscreen infotainment system with Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, cruise control and much more.
Maruti wants the new SUV to be a success
It is vital for Maruti Suzuki that the new SUV they are working on is a success in the Indian market. It is the mid-size SUV in which the manufacturer is lacking the most. They used to have the S-Cross but it was not a huge success in the Indian market. The main reason behind it was the design. The S-Cross looked more like a crossover whereas other mid-size SUVs that the rivals have looked more like a proper SUV. Moreover, the S-Cross also has a less powerful engine, no diesel option and also lacked features.