Production Of Upcoming Maruti-Toyota C-SUVs To Start In August | V3Cars
We have seen several spy shots and heard a number of rumours about Maruti and Toyota’s upcoming C-segment SUV. Now, both brands have officially confirmed the development of the new SUV. They have also revealed details of its production and powertrain.
Developed by Maruti Suzuki, the new SUV will be produced at Toyota’s manufacturing plant in Karnataka. Production of the upcoming SUV is set to begin in August, according to a joint statement released by both brands. Both manufacturers will market their versions of the SUV as different products.
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As the 2022 Brezza will drop the ‘Vitara’ prefix from its name, we expect the new SUV from Maruti to be named Vitara. Meanwhile, Toyota recently registered the name Hyryder for the upcoming SUV. We expect the production version of Toyota’s SUV to be called the Urban Cruiser Hyryder.
Both of them are likely to carry distinctive front fascia, alloy wheel design, etc. Interestingly, the new SUVs will be the only cars in the segment to get a 4-wheel drive system.
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Shedding some light on the powertrain options of the new SUV, the carmakers announced that the new SUV will get the option of 2 hybrid engines. As we stated earlier, the new SUVs will get the mild-hybrid setup from other Maruti cars, such as the Nexa Ciaz and Nexa XL6. The new SUVs will also get the option of a strong hybrid setup developed by Toyota. We expect these hybrid setups to come mated to the 1.5L dual-jet normal petrol engine from Maruti’s stable. Recently leaked documents also revealed power figures of the upcoming SUV. You can click the link below to know the power figures of the upcoming SUVs.
Toyota will reveal the new SUV on July 1 while Maruti are expected to unveil the new SUV later in the same month. The new Maruti SUV will replace the now-discontinued S-Cross. The new SUVs will go up against the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Skoda Kushaq, Volkswagen Taigun, MG Astor and Nissan Kicks. Both carmakers are also looking to export the models to countries like Africa.
Toyota President Akio Toyoda said: "We are pleased to announce the new SUV with Suzuki, a company that has a long history of local involvement in the Indian business. Today, the automotive industry is facing various challenges such as electrification and carbon neutrality. By leveraging the respective strengths of Toyota and Suzuki to provide Indian customers with a variety of options, we hope to contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions and realize a society where 'no-one is left behind' and 'everyone can move freely."
Suzuki President Toshihiro Suzuki said: "Production of the new SUV at TKM is a project that can contribute to the growth of India through providing eco-friendly mobility needed by customers. We recognize that it is a big milestone toward further deepening our collaboration in the future. We appreciate the support from Toyota, and at the same time, will explore new synergy and business opportunities through continuous collaboration."