The new SUVs will be based on the Toyota-Daihatsu DNGA modular platform, designed for emerging markets.
Reports have indicated that Maruti Suzuki and Toyota have agreed to co-develop a new compact SUV that will targeted to take on Korean rivals Hyundai and Kia. Maruti and Toyota’s SUVs will reportedly be built on the Toyota-Daihatsu’s DNGA modular platform that is designed for emerging markets.
As per industry sources, Toyota and Suzuki’s SUVs will share their underpinnings however, it is said they will be designed to look different. While Toyota and Maruti Suzuki are both retailing the Baleno hatchback (Toyota Glanza) in India, the new SUV will feature distinct top hats. It is said to feature an upright stance, large wheel arches and wheel sizes of up to 17 inches. As for the interiors, there will be differences but certain components will be shared between the two SUVs.
The SUVs will incorporate the 1.5 l petrol engine with mild-hybrid technology that could provide more power. The new SUV may offer an engine mated to both manual gearboxes as well as an automatic unit.
This platform has been used previously for the Daihatsu Rocky and Toyota Raize that made their Japanese debuts recently. However, both the Rocky and Raize measure sub-four metres in length. Midsize SUV dimensions in India usually conform to the 4.3 m mark. For reference, the present generation of the Hyundai Creta is 4,270 mm long, while the Kia Seltos stands at 4,315 mm.
It is speculated that Maruti Suzuki plans to retail the new compact SUV from its NEXA outlets as a premium model, the same can be expected from Toyota.