Maruti Suzuki is working on a wide range of new cars including hatchbacks and SUVs. The company is also developing electric vehicles, which are likely to arrive before 2025. Adding to it, MSIL is also working on a wide range of new CNG cars for the Indian market. Maruti is also focusing on SUVs to increase its sales in the market. In this article, we talk about the list of upcoming new Maruti Suzuki SUVs in the country.
New Vitara Brezza
Maruti Suzuki is working on the next generation Vitara Brezza, which has already been spotted testing in India. The new model will be based on the advanced version of the HEARTECT platform, which will allow MSIL to add more modern and connectivity features. The new Brezza will retain the overall profile; however, it will get all-new design elements. It is more of an evolved version of the existing design.
The new model will come with new features such as a factory-fitted electric sunroof, a six-speed automatic gearbox, wireless charger, a larger touchscreen infotainment system with wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, new air-conditioning system with rear AC vents, six airbags, etc.
The new generation Vitara Brezza is likely to be powered by a 1.5-litre K15B petrol engine with a SHVS mild hybrid system. The hybrid system could be upgaded to a 48V system, which should further improve its efficiency and driveability. This engine is capable of producing 103bhp and 138Nm of torque. Transmission choices could include a 5-speed manual and a 6-speed torque convertor automatic. The new model will also receive a CNG variant, which will come with the 1.5L K15B petrol engine with factory-fitted CNG kit. The CNG variant will offer a maximum power of 91bhp and 122Nm of torque. It is likely to be offered with a 5-speed manual gearbox.
Maruti Suzuki is working on a compact crossover, codenamed YTB to rival the Tata Punch. To be positioned below the Brezza, the new crossover will be based on the Baleno hatchback. It is reportedly to be introduced in 2022. It is likely to be designed on the HEARTECT platform that is said to be built with ultra and advanced high tensile steels. The same architecture underpins the Ignis, WagonR, S-Presso, XL6 and the Ertiga.
The new Maruti mini SUV is likely to be powered by a 1.2L petrol engine that does duty in the Baleno hatchback. This motor can be had with and without 12V mild hybrid system. Both manual and automatic gearbox options will be on offer.
New Mid-sized SUV
Maruti Suzuki and Toyota JV is working on an all-new mid-sized SUV, which is likely to be launched in 2022. It is expected to be based on Toyota’s DNGA (Daihatsu New Generation Architecture) platform that underpins the Toyota Raize. The new model could be offered in 5 as well as in 7-seat options. While the 5-seater variant to rival the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, VW Taigun, Skoda Kushaq and the MG Astor, the 7-seater model will challenge the Hyundai Alcazar, Tata Safari and the MG Hector Plus.
The new SUV is likely to get the Suzuki’s tried & tested 1.5-litre petrol engine with a stronger hybrid system. In the current form, this engine produces 104bhp and 138Nm of torque. It was reported that Suzuki is also developing a 1.2L turbocharged petrol engine, which could power the new SUV. The company could also use the 1.4L Boosterjet engine that powers the global-spec Swift Sport.
Japanese automaker, Suzuki is testing a long-wheelbase 5-door derivative of the Jimny off-roader. The new model is likely to be launched in our market before the end of 2022. The Jimny 5-door will be based on the Sierra, and will have 300mm longer wheelbase. The length will also be increase by 300mm. Leaked documents reveal that the new model will measure 3,850mm in length, 1,645mm in width and 1,730mm in height. The SUV will have a wheelbase of 2,550mm, while the ground clearance stands at 210mm. It will have a kerb weight of 1190kg, which is 100kgs higher than the 3-door Sierra.
Measuring under 4 meters, the 5-door Jimny for India is expected to get the 1.5-litre naturally-aspirated engine. This engine is capable of producing 103bhp of power and 138Nm of torque. The vehicle could also get a mild hybrid system, which should improve its fuel efficiency.