Toyota, Maruti confirm mild, strong hybrid engines for new midsize SUVs

The Toyota-Maruti Suzuki alliance formed back in 2017 is now ready to take its next big step in India. The brands have announced that the two mid-size SUVs they're working on together will have electrified petrol engines, with mild hybrid technology provided by Maruti Suzuki and a powerful hybrid from Toyota.

We can confirm that both hybrids will be based on the Maruti Suzuki 1.5-liter K15C petrol engine, with the lower variants getting the mild hybrid versions, while the higher versions will get the full hybrid setup.

Toyota's version of this new SUV will be called the Urban Cruiser Hyryder and will make its world debut on July 1, 2022, while its Maruti Suzuki counterpart is expected to be unveiled later that month. The upcoming SUV will be placed in the hotly contested mid-size SUV segment that includes heavyweights such as Hyundai Creta and Kia Seltos, along with VW Group India 2.0 models: Skoda Kushaq and Volkswagen Taigun.


To confirm our earlier story from April, both brands have announced that these SUVs will be manufactured by Toyota from August at its No. 2 plant in Bidadi. Toyota's version of the mid-size SUV, the Urban Cruiser Hyryder, is expected to go on sale in late August followed by its counterpart Maruti Suzuki.

These SUVs will be sold in India and will also be exported to markets such as Africa, where Toyota-brand Maruti Suzuki models such as the Urban Cruiser and Starlet (Glanza for India) are already on sale.

Both models will be five-seater SUVs and will come loaded with features and safety equipment similar to those seen in newer Toyota-Maruti Suzuki models, including the upcoming Baleno, Glanza and Brezza set to go on sale June 30, 2022 in India.

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