Maruti Will Launch New SUVs To Challenge Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Thar: Expected Features & Launch Details
Maruti Suzuki is reportedly working on a new midsize SUV to take on the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Skoda Kushaq, Volkswagen Taigun and the MG Astor.
Regaining Lost Ground
The carmaker is looking to improve its performance in the SUV segment after its share dropped to 45% this financial year as against 48% last fiscal.
Its efforts towards that include multiple new SUVs including the new Brezza and the new midsize SUV.
It is also developing a new Coupe SUV and the new Jimny lifestyle SUV.
The new SUV could arrive before the end of the year.
It will be based on Toyota’s low-cost DNGA (Daihatsu New Generation Architecture) platform which is designed for emerging markets.
It will measure around 4.3 meters in length.
Both Toyota and Suzuki will develop and manufacture the vehicle at Toyota’s Bidadi plant, helping both cut development costs.
They will likely follow the path taken by Hyundai and Kia which sell the Creta and the Seltos respectively.
Both cars share platform, engine options and even features.
The car will have two variants- one for Toyota and one for Maruti.
Suzuki’s version could be called “Vitara”.
Both will share body panels and features but will have different designs and interiors.
Its features list may include cruise control, multi-function steering wheel, multi-information display, automatic climate control, keyless entry and much more.
Maruti’s version may be the first to hit the roads followed by Toyota’s model before Diwali this year.
It will likely run on Toyota’s hybrid system.
The new SUV could also be powered by the existing 1.5L K15B petrol engine with SHVS mild hybrid system or the 1.4L turbo petrol engine.
All of this could translate to class-leading fuel-efficiency figures and make up for the absence of a diesel variant.