Demand for sport utility vehicle (SUV) vehicles is rapidly increasing in the Indian market. Over the past few years, many new vehicles have been introduced in this segment. Now the country’s largest carmaker Maruti Suzuki is set to release two new SUV models to the market. Once on the market, these models compete with vehicles like the Creta and the Nexon.
One of these will be offered in the mid-size segment and the other will be launched in the market as an affordable SUV. According to media reports, their codenames are ‘YFG’ and ‘YTB’ respectively. In both of these SUVs the company is said to be using a petrol-electric hybrid system under the Mission Green Million project. This helps to give the car better mileage.
Maruti YFG (codenamed) looks like:
According to reports, the company will build this SUV on the Dietsu New Global Architecture (DNGA) platform. This is a cheaper version of Toyota’s new Toyota New Global Architecture (TNGA) platform. The design of this SUV is largely inspired by the company’s best-selling compact SUV, the Vitara Breza, and is believed to replace this SUV in the future. As everyone knows, the S-Cross is not doing well in terms of sales.
What is Maruti YTB (codename):
It is a sub-four meter crossover SUV based on the company’s premium hatchback car Baleno. It is worth noting here that this SUV does not replace the Vitara in the market, but it can be offered as a more affordable model. Vibration can give this SUV a coupe design with the rear being slower. As seen in the company’s concept model Futuro-E introduced at the last Auto Expo.
There is still no information on what kind of hybrid technology the company uses. Experts believe the 48V mild hybrid system can be used in these SUVs. The company can manufacture these SUVs at Toyota plant in Karnataka. However, there has been no official announcement yet.
For those unfamiliar with this, let’s just say that the agreement was signed in 2019 between Toyota Motor Corporation and Suzuki Motor Corporation, under which both companies share their technology and vehicle platform with each other. As a result, Toyota released its Glanza based on Maruti Suzuki’s Baleno hatchback.