Maruti Suzuki is working on a new mid-size crossover for the Indian market. It has been codenamed D22. It is being jointly developed with Toyota. It will be rivalling other mid-size SUVs in the segment. The new crossover will be positioned above the Vitara Brezza. The D22 will be manufactured at Toyota’s plant near Bangalore, but the components will still come from Maruti Suzuki.
We expect that the D22 will be based on the Futuro-E Concept that was showcased at the Auto Expo 2020. So, it will have a coupe-like design and fluid body lines. The details of the new upcoming crossover are sparse but it will be the new flagship of Maruti Suzuki. It will be replacing the S-Cross which is reaching the end of its product lifecycle. The upcoming D22 will go against Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Renault Duster, Skoda Kushaq, MG Astor and Volkswagen Taigun.
It is not known which engine will both the manufacturers use. However, the new crossover will not be offered with a diesel engine. So, there will be a petrol engine and there could be an option of hybrid powertrain also. There are also rumours that the new crossover might also come with an all-wheel-drive powertrain.
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Suzuki is also working on a 5-door version of the Jimny that they will be launching in India sometime next year. The design of the SUV will not change much from the 3-door Jimny. It is expected to come with a 1.5-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine or a 1.4-litre turbocharged petrol engine.
New gen Vitara Brezza
Maruti Suzuki is also working on an all-new generation of Vitara Brezza. It has been codenamed YXA. It is expected to be based on the Heartect platform. It will retain its boxy design language and flat bonnet to have that SUV appeal. There would also be changes to the interior of the new generation Vitara Brezza. Mechanically, there will be no changes. So, it will continue to come with a 1.5-litre, four-cylinder naturally aspirated petrol engine that produces 103 bhp and 138 Nm of peak torque. It will come mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox or a 4-speed torque converter automatic gearbox.
Baleno based compact SUV
Maruti Suzuki is also working on a new more affordable compact SUV that will be based on the Baleno. It will be positioned below the Vitara Brezza. The manufacturer is adding another compact SUV to their line-up because the prices of the Vitara Brezza have increased significantly since it was first launched Due to this, many rivals are able to undercut the prices of the Vitara Brezza.
The upcoming compact SUV has been codenamed YTB, it will be aimed towards people who are on a budget. It will be going against the Renault Kiger, Nissan Magnite and lower variants of the Hyundai Venue and Kia Sonet.
It will be based on the same Heartect platform as the Baleno and will also use the same 1.2-litre naturally aspirated petrol engine. The engine produces 90 PS of max power and 113 Nm of peak torque. It is mated to a 5-speed manual gearbox.
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