The Toyota Hyryder was revealed just recently, and shortly after, Maruti Suzuki CEO Shashank Srivastava confirmed the launch of a new mid-size SUV, with mild and strong hybrid capabilities. It was speculated that the SUV would be based upon the Hyryder platform, as part of the joint collaboration by Toyota and Maruti. As previously reported by us, this new vehicle will be distinct from the new Brezza launched last month, and will have a completely new outlook with distinct design elements.
The new vehicle will be available with 4-cylinder and 3-cylinder engines with mild and strong hybrid options respectively. Maruti has started accepting e-bookings through their website and offline dealerships for a small token amount. Apart from this, we could see similar features like Ventilated seats, 360 camera, high on safety, panoramic sunroof and more akin to the Toyota Hyryder. Moreover, the Grand Vitara could potentially also have a 4×4 on offer. The new SUV is expected to be launched on July 20th. In India, it will be sold only through Maruti’s Nexa outlets.
Maruti previously retailed the Grand Vitara SUV in India from 2009 to 2013, discontinued due lack of diesel options and poor sales. The new mid-SUV is yet to be officially revealed on July 20, and will directly compete with the likes of Kia Sonet, Hyundai Creta, Skoda Kushaq and Volkswagen Taigun, as well as its cousin Toyota Hyryder.