Top-7 most-awaited car launches from Maruti Suzuki &Toyota
Under the global partnership between Toyota and Suzuki, Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) and Maruti Suzuki have been sharing cars using cross-badging strategy
Hyderabad Under the global partnership between Toyota and Suzuki, Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) and Maruti Suzuki have been sharing cars using cross-badging strategy. After Toyota's Glanza, the collaboration is now planning to launch several new offerings in the Indian market. The vehicles are developed independently or in collaboration between them.
The most awaited of them are:
New-gen Maruti Celerio
Maruti Suzuki is working on a new-generation version of the Celerio, which is projected to be launched near Diwali. The pictures of the hatchback were leaked earlier showcasing a completely redesigned headlights, taillights and a restyled interior as well. It will likely be offered with two engine options of 1.0L and 1.2L petrol units, could also be available in a CNG option.
Toyota Urban Cruiser
Maruti's compact SUV, the Vitara Brezza will be redesigned in partnership with Toyota, and will be introduced as the next-gen Urban Cruiser. The SUV is likely to be powered by a 1.5-litre petrol-electric hybrid powertrain. Toyota's versionis expected to launch later next year, and Maruti's version will likely be launched in first half of next year.
Toyota is planning to add a few more rebranded Maruti cars to its line-up in the Indian market. The company is planning to rebadge Maruti Ertigaas Toyota Ertiga, it is scheduled to take place towards the end of this year or early next year. It is expected to sport only minor changes to the design, like a redesigned front bumper, new front grille etc. The powertrain options will remain unchanged; it will be powered by a 1.5L petrol engine, with CNG option available as well.
Toyota is planning to discontinue the Yaris sedan in India, due to its poor sales performance. In its place, the manufacturer will launch a rebadged version of Maruti Ciaz, likely in the coming months, which is rumoured to be named 'Belta'. It is expected to have few minor look changes and to be untouched at the feature base.
New midsize MPV
Maruti and Toyota in collaboration are developing a midsize MPV for the Indian market. This new MPV is likely to be positioned above the XL6 in Maruti's range and below the Innova Crysta in Toyota's range.The car would be a rival to Mahindra Marazzo and also the upcoming Kia KY. It is expected to go on sale likely by 2023.
New midsize SUV
The companies are collaborating to develop a SUV. Rumours suggest that, it will be based on Toyota's DNGA platform and is likely to serve as a replacement for the slow-selling Maruti S-Cross. It will be sold with same technical specifications but will feature a fresh look. The companies are speculated to launch the vehicle sometime in 2022.
Maruti is planning to launch the Suzuki Jimny in the Indian market. The production of the Jimny is already underway in India, but of the three-door version. The Indo-Japanese carmaker is developing a five-door version of the SUV for India, which would be a much more practical option for our market. The SUV would be the spiritual successor to the iconic Maruti Gypsy and would serve as an alternative to Mahindra Thar and the upcoming Force Gurkha.