The new midsize SUV will be equipped with a full hybrid powertrain and is expected to hit the market around the holidays.
On July 1, 2022, the all-new Toyota midsize SUV (Codename: D22) will make its global debut in India. This new SUV will also be followed by a Maruti Suzuki version (codename YFG), which will arrive a little later. This year, the new Toyota D22 SUV will go on sale around the holiday season.
The Toyota D22 mid-size SUV will be built at Toyota’s Bidadi Plant number 2 in Karnataka, and will also be supplied to Maruti Suzuki, which will sell it through Nexa dealerships with its own marketing identity. While Toyota’s version of the SUV will be unveiled next month, sources say Maruti’s rival to the Creta will be revealed a little later.
Toyota and Maruti will build midsize SUVs on the Toyota platform
While Toyota and Maruti already have some products in common—with minor differences—that have been on the market for some time, this will be the first time the two companies work together on a joint development project. Both SUVs will be based on Toyota’s TNGA-B (or DNGA) modular monocoque platform, which has been modified and heavily localized. Other common components will include the engine, full-hybrid technology, and some exterior and interior components. They will, however, have their own distinct identity, with distinct front and rear styling.
Toyota will provide hybrid systems for the SUVs, which will be available with two petrol engine options. The lower-spec engine would be a mild hybrid, while the higher-spec engine would be a full hybrid, capable of running in full EV mode for a short distance, similar to the Toyota Prius and Camry hybrid. To keep costs down, components for the engine, powertrain, and hybrid systems are expected to be heavily localized from the start. Both SUVs are expected to be loaded with features and technology, including multiple connected car features, a sunroof, a head-up display, cruise control, drive modes, and the works.
The Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos, Volkswagen Taigun, Skoda Kushaq, and even the MG Hector and Tata Harrier are expected to face stiff competition from the upcoming Toyota SUV and its Maruti counterpart. However, how well Toyota’s highly fuel-efficient full-hybrid compensates for the lack of a diesel engine in its midsize SUV lineup, which the segment leaders have, remains to be seen.