On the 20th of July, 2022, Maruti Suzuki will unveil a brand new, mid-size SUV for the Indian market. The new Maruti Suzuki mid-size SUV will replace the S-Cross in the Indian market. This also means that it’ll take on the likes of the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Skoda Kushaq, MG Astor, Volkswagen Taigun and the Nissan Kicks. In terms of pricing, the new SUV is expected to also overlap with the Tata Harrier, Mahindra XUV700 and the upcoming Mahindra Scorpio. The new SUV could be called the Vitara – a nameplate that Suzuki uses for its mid-size SUVs sold internationally.
The new mid-size SUV from Maruti Suzuki will be its flagship offering, both in terms of pricing and positioning. We expect the top-end trims to nudge the Rs. 20 lakh on-road price mark. Notably, the new SUV will share a lot of parts with the just-unveiled Toyota Hyryder. In fact, the new Maruti SUV and Toyota Hyryder are badge engineered twins.
Apart from stylistic differences, and a few differences in terms of features and possibly price-positioning, both SUVs are expected to be very similar. The new Maruti SUV will share its production line with the Hyryder at Toyota’s Bidadi factory off Bangalore. This is a similar arrangement that Toyota has with Maruti, with the latter building both the Toyota Glanza and the Urban Cruiser, and shipping it over to Toyota.
Given the fact that new Maruti offering will share a lot of parts with the Toyota Hyryder, we can now comfortably predict what will lie under the hood. Entry level variants are expected to offer a 1.5 liter-4 cylinder K15C petrol engine with a mild hybrid unit in tow. This motor will make about 102 Bhp-137 Nm, and will be paired to either a 5 speed manual or a 6 speed torque converter automatic gearbox.
The higher trims will get the 1.5 liter TNGA strong hybrid engine, which puts out 91 Bhp and 122 Nm from the petrol engine and 78 Bhp and 141 Nm from the electric motor. The strong hybrid powertrain will be paired to a CVT automatic gearbox with 5 stepped shifts. Also, the strong hybrid variants will offer an all wheel drive system – a best-in-class feature.
The feature-set is also likely to be borrowed from the Toyota Hyryder. A panoramic sunroof, leather seats with ventilation, 6 airbags, ABS, ESP, hill hold, hill descent control, connected car features, touchscreen infotainment, climate control, automatic wipers and headlamps, cruise control, rear AC vents, ambient lighting, head-up display, Arkamys sound system, a 360 degree camera and driving modes are the various features expected on the top-end trims of the Maruti Suzuki mid-size SUV.
While bookings are likely to open on July 20th – the day of the new SUV’s unveil – actual deliveries and a price announcement could take until September or October.