Maruti Suzuki has today officially confirmed that its new mid-size SUV will make its global debut in India on July 20, 2022. Likely to be christened ‘Vitara’, India’s largest carmaker’s upcoming sports utility vehicle will be developed in collaboration with Toyota and will take on the likes of the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder, etc.
Maruti Suzuki’s new mid-size SUV will be based on the Toyota Urban Cruiser Hyryder and will even share powertrain and features. In fact, it will be manufactured at Toyota’s Bidadi plant in Karnataka. However, unlike the Baleno & Glanza which have a common visual appeal, the Vitara SUV will have its own unique identity, distinct from the Urban Cruiser Hyryder.
Talking about engine options, it is likely to get Urban Cruiser Hyryder’s new 1.5-litre petrol engine with strong hybrid tech, paired with an e-CVT. This engine produces 91 bhp & 122 Nm while the electric motor develops 79 bhp and 141 Nm. The combined output of this powertrain is rated at 114 bhp.
It will also get a 100 bhp 1.5-litre mild-hybrid petrol unit with a 5-speed MT / 6-speed AT and optional AWD. In terms of features, one can expect the Vitara to be pretty hi-tech and loaded up to the gills, including a panoramic sunroof, 360-degree parking camera, connected car tech, etc. Maruti Suzuki’s new mid-size SUV is expected to be launched in India this festive season.
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