Maruti Suzuki is currently working on new products for the Indian market. There is a new SUV in works that will be rivalling the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos and the MG Hector and there is a new sub-compact SUV in the works also which will rival with the Hyundai Venue, Tata Nexon, upcoming Renault Kiger and the Nissan Magnite. Maruti Suzuki is focusing on its Mission Green Million strategy. However, Maruti Suzuki is not alone in this, Toyota is helping them to develop new vehicles and powertrains. They are also working on hybrid technology for both the upcoming vehicles.
“Suzuki will need to dominate the SUV segment in India to maximize profits of its India subsidiary, and the SUV segment is key to that success. The new vehicles will be shared by both Suzuki and Toyota, and this will give them the scale as well. Though Suzuki has managed to hold its overall market share, the same in the SUV segment has declined substantially,” the person said, requesting anonymity.
Maruti Suzuki YFG SUV
The new SUV is being code-named ‘YFG’ internally and it will be based on the Grand Vitara which is sold abroad in International markets. It will be the first product from the manufacturer that Toyota and Maruti Suzuki will jointly develop. The production of the SUV will happen at Toyota Motor Corp.’s Karnataka factory. The SUV will hit production at the beginning of 2022. The new SUV will be sold from Maruti Suzuki as an S-Cross replacement. It will also be rebadged as a Toyota.
The SUV is expected to use Toyota’s Raize’s platform which is sold in international markets. It will be underpinned by DNGA platform which is a low-cost version of the TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture) platform. The design of the new YFG will get some inspirations from the Grand Vitara.
So, expect the SUV to have a wide and boxy stance. It will be powered by a strong hybrid or a mild-hybrid powertrain. The engine and transmission options will be shared by both the manufacturers.
Maruti YTB compact-SUV
Maruti Suzuki is also working on a new compact-SUV which at first might seem weird because they already have the Vitara Brezza which got a facelift at the Auto Expo 2020. However, the manufacturer is working on a new generation of Vitara Brezza which should hit the Indian market by the end of this year. Because of this, the prices of the upcoming Vitara Brezza are expected to increase.
To compensate this, Maruti Suzuki will launch a less expensive compact-SUV which will be based on the same platform as the Baleno. The new SUV will stay under 4,000 mm to get the tax benefits. The YTB is expected to be designed as a coupe or a mini crossover. It could derive its design elements from the Futuro-E Concept that we saw at the Auto Expo 2020. Maruti will be using a mild-hybrid technology for the YTB.