Maruti Suzuki plans to bring a slew of new cars to the Indian market this year. The brand has already launched a few cars earlier this year and is working to bring the new Ertiga and XL6 to the market. Maruti Suzuki is also working on an all-new mid-size SUV to take on the Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos. The test mule of the upcoming vehicle was spotted testing on the Indian roads beside the Vitara Brezza.
The upcoming vehicle looks much bigger than the Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza and also gets a raked windshield.
This is not the first time that the upcoming mid-size SUV has been spotted on the Indian roads by MRD Cars. In fact, the upcoming car is jointly developed by Toyota and Suzuki. It will be the first joint product that will use the Daihatsu platform.
The new vehicle will be based on Toyota’s low-cost Daihatsu New Generation Architecture (DNGA). It is derived from Toyota’s TNGA, which underpins cars like Camry in India. Think of DNGA as the low-cost version of the TNGA. Same as the VW Group’s MQB A0-IN is derived from the expensive MQB A0.
Coming to the engines, there is no confirmation on the same. However, the vehicles are likely to get a strong hybrid system developed by Toyota, The power unit will be a 1.5-litre petrol engine. As always, Maruti Suzuki will aim for a high-fuel efficiency, which can bring a lot of buyers from cars like Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Skoda Kushaq, VW Taigun and more because of the skyrocketing fuel prices.
Will rival the Hyundai Creta
The upcoming cars codenamed D22 by Toyota and YFG by Maruti Suzuki will arrive around the festive season in India. It will be for the first time that Maruti Suzuki and Toyota will bring products against the very popular and highly successful Hyundai Creta and the Kia Seltos.
This will be the first Maruti Suzuki product that will be manufactured by Toyota in India. The current cross-badged products like the Urban Cruiser and Glanza are manufactured by Maruti Suzuki and are supplied to Toyota.
Both the cars will look significantly different from each other compared to the current rebadged products available in the market. The Toyota’s iteration will offer a split-headlamp set-up with dual-LED daytime running lamps positioned above the main headlamps. The Maruti Suzuki YFG will offer a split headlamp set-up as well but the layout will be different.
The upcoming mid-size SUVs will offer more than 200mm of ground clearance. The squared-off wheel arches with 17-inch alloy wheels add a butch look to the car.