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Suzuki and Toyota working on pure EV for Indian market

Toyota will be launching its new mid-size SUV on July 1st. It is expected to be called Urban Cruiser Hyryder. According to Team-Bhp, Toyota is also working on a new pure electric vehicle that will be an India-specific model. It is currently being co-developed with Suzuki.

Suzuki and Toyota working on pure EV for Indian market
Toyota BZ4X for reference

Prototypes of the new pure EV could hit the Indian roads sometime next year. Currently, the manufacturer is working on component engineering. As of now, not much is known about this new pure electric vehicle.

Suzuki and Toyota working on pure EV for Indian market
Toyota BZ4X for reference

Maruti Suzuki working on electric crossover

In January this year, we reported that Maruti Suzuki and Toyota are co-developing an electric crossover. It is quite possible that Toyota’s pure EV and Maruti’s electric vehicle are the same vehicle or share a lot of components.

Maruti Suzuki has codenamed the new electric crossover YY8. Toyota’s version could be priced slightly higher than the YY8 considering that all the re-badged vehicles were priced slightly higher.

The design of the SUV is expected to look futuristic and will be a big departure from current Maruti Suzuki vehicles. Moreover, Toyota would not just rebadge the vehicle, Instead, they will have their own design. Just like they are doing with the new mid-size SUVs.

The SUV will measure 4,275 mm in length, 1,880 mm in width and will have a height of 1,640 mm. So, it is larger than Hyundai Creta and Tata Nexon EV. The wheelbase of the SUV will measure 2,700 mm which is even longer than the Skoda Kushaq and Volkswagen Taigun.

The new platform is an electric skateboard platform which helps in making such a long wheelbase. Another benefit of the electric skateboard platform is that there will be no transmission tunnel and engine compartment. So, there would be an ample amount of space for the occupants. The platform is derived from Toyota’s 40PL platform that is used on global electric vehicles.

There would be two sizes of battery packs. The smaller battery pack would measure 48 kWh whereas the larger one would have a capacity of 59 kWh. The 48 kWh battery pack would produce 138 hp and will be offered as a two-wheel drive. It will have a driving range of around 400 km. The 59 kWh would produce 168 hp and will have a driving range of 500 km. It would also get an option of an all-wheel drive powertrain.

The launch of the new SUVs will happen in 2024-2025. The pricing is not yet known. However, Maruti could price the YY8 at around Rs. 13 lakhs whereas Toyota’s counterpart could be priced slightly higher.

Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder

Suzuki and Toyota working on pure EV for Indian market

The Urban Cruiser Hyryder is based on Suzuki’s Global C platform. It is the same platform that is used on Toyota Urban Cruiser, Maruti Suzuki Brezza, Ciaz and S-Cross. The manufacturer has started releasing new teasers. It would be offered in two petrol engines. There would be a mild-hybrid engine and a strong hybrid engine.