The only two hybrid SUVs in the C-segment SUV segment will be Toyota’s new SUV and Maruti Suzuki’s new SUV.
Toyota is a global leader in electric, hybrid, and hydrogen powertrains. However, the company is benefiting from the success of Fortuner and Innova Crysta in India. They also had a lot of success with the Maruti Suzuki rebadged cars. However, genuine Toyota vehicles are hard to come by in India. Toyota intends to rectify this with vehicles such as the Hilux pickup truck and the upcoming Innova.
Toyota is aiming to be a dominant player in the EV and hybrid space in India as it moves closer to launching proper Toyota cars. This is reflected in Toyota Kirloskar’s recent multibillion-dollar investments in India’s production of electric vehicle and hybrid electric components. Toyota will be able to produce electrical and electronic components for themselves and other OEMs as a result of this move.
SUV Toyota D22 or HyRyder
Toyota and Maruti Suzuki have been working on a C-segment SUV for the Indian market. Toyota’s version is codenamed D22, while Maruti Suzuki’s is codenamed YFG. Multiple test mules of both SUVs have been seen.
Toyota’s high-tech manufacturing facility in Bidadi, Karnataka, is expected to handle the production of both SUVs. Toyota will provide all electric and electronic components for the hybrid powertrains. Maruti Suzuki and Toyota have previously collaborated on vehicles. However, they are all Toyota-supplied rebadged Maruti Suzuki cars. The upcoming C-segment SUVs, on the other hand, will be the first joint venture between the two companies.
Both SUVs will be built on Toyota’s DNGA (TNGA-B) modular platform, which has been modified and heavily localized. Transmissions, platforms, hybrid architecture, interiors, and engines are also expected to be shared. When it comes to engines, we expect both SUVs to be equipped with two types of petrol engines and two types of hybrid systems.
Lower-spec models would get a mild-hybrid system and a smaller engine. The higher-end models will have a larger engine and a more sophisticated hybrid system. The latter is expected to have a high-voltage battery pack capable of propelling the vehicle for short distances on electric power alone.
Engine Specifications Have Been Leaked
Engine specifications have leaked ahead of the official debut. Both new SUVs will be available with two different engine options. One will have a 1.5 liter mild hybrid engine, while the other will have a 1.5 liter strong hybrid engine. The former is the same engine that Maruti launched with their new Ertiga and XL6, which produces 103 PS. The latter, on the other hand, is based on the same engine but is equipped with self-charging strong hybrid technology and produces 116 PS.
With the 1.5 liter mild hybrid 103 PS motor, transmission options include 6 MT and 6 AT, while the 1.5 liter strong hybrid option will only be available with the top-of-the-line eCVT automatic transmission. Mild hybrid version mileage figures are expected to be slightly higher than Ertiga, while strong hybrid version mileage figures could be 20 kmpl or higher.
Competition & Launch
Renault has created a budget-friendly C-segment SUV with the Duster. Since then, it has become one of India’s most popular segments. Hyundai recognized the potential of C-segment SUVs and introduced the Creta, which has redefined the segment and served as a benchmark for many years. Many cars have come and gone in this segment, but Creta has managed to maintain its dominance. Creta is getting a mid-life facelift, as well as a CNG variant, in its 2nd generation form.
Toyota would always launch their versions of rebadged Maruti Suzuki cars after Maruti Suzuki. This time, Toyota has managed to beat Maruti Suzuki to the finish line by launching its SUV first, owing to the fact that it manufactures both the D22 and the YFG SUVs. The Toyota D22 will most likely be known as the HyRyder and will make its global debut on July 1, 2022. Maruti Suzuki’s rival is expected to follow suit soon. They will compete with the Hyundai Creta and other vehicles such as the Kia Seltos, VW Taigun, Skoda Kushaq, and MG Astor when they are released. Both the D22 and the YFG SUVs have the potential to be market disruptors if priced correctly.