Maruti, Toyota Join Forces For A New Crossover SUV; Will Challenge Creta, Seltos, Hector!
Maruti Suzuki currently offers Vitara and Brezza, as the only two crossovers/SUVs in India. Although as a part of future plans, range of high riding vehicles are to be introduced.
The Japanese manufacturers continue to share products and technologies across various countries as a part of the global agreement between Toyota and Suzuki.
Toyota Glanza and Toyota Urban Cruiser are the results of this partnership in India, which are based on the Maruti Suzuki Baleno and Maruti Suzuki Vitara Brezza respectively.
D22 Among Other Slew Of Cars:-
Since the carmakers are planning to introduce a slew of cars that will be shared by the two, this partnership does not end here. D22 as it goes by its internal codename, is a new crossover that could be positioned above the Vitara Brezza in Maruti Suzuki’s Indian line-up.
The new model will be manufactured at Toyota’s manufacturing unit near Bangalore as suggested by a fresh report by TeamBHP. The sourcing of the components, however, is expected to be done through Maruti Suzuki. Notably, this specific product will not be a mid-size SUV, and will be positioned under the segment that currently consists of cars like Kia Seltos, Hyundai Creta, Nissan Kicks, Renault Duster, MG Hector and so on
More About D22:-
D22, which is production ready, could also get an all-wheel-drive variant according to reports. No Maruti Suzuki car is offered currently in this setup. It should be noted that Toyota Kirloskar Motor could also make use of the crossover, and rebadge it to be sold through its very own dealerships.
Which powertrain(s) will be offered with the crossover, is yet to be seen exactly. There are chances that it could be plonked with Maruti Suzuki’s 1.5-litre four-cylinder petrol engine that performs duties on other cars like Vitara Brezza, Ciaz, Ertiga etc. This engine puts out 105 PS of maximum power and 138 Nm of peak torque. Transmission options will likely include a 5-speed manual gearbox, as well as an optional auto.
There is another crossover model, codenamed YTB, on which Maruti Suzuki is apparently working. This model which could be based on the premium hatchback Baleno, is being referred to as its “sister”. While Maruti Suzuki does have a sub-4m SUV (Vitara Brezza) in its line-up, this new crossover will help the automaker increase its market share in the SUV space.