Slated to launch this Diwali, the Maruti YFG will feature a 1.4-litre turbocharged engine that will help it take on Kia Seltos, Skoda Kushaq and VW Taigun
Maruti Suzuki has restricted itself to just the entry-level SUV segment for many years now. The Brezza has been successful in helping the country’s leading carmaker with enviable presence but it’s surely conspicuous by its absence in the higher SUV segments. The Creta, for instance, has helped Hyundai establish a strong foothold in the C-SUV segment. So far, it’s been the undisputed leader of its category but it looks like Maruti Suzuki will soon try to grab the bull by the horns. Launching this Diwali is the production Maruti YFG, a compact SUV that takes fight straight to the top-selling South Korean. Well, it will even try and outsell the likes of Kia Seltos, Skoda Kushaq and VW Taigun.
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Maruti YFG Design & Styling
The upcoming Maruti YFG and Toyota D22 could borrow several design cues from the Suzuki A-Cross/Toyota RAV4. However, instead of the sophisticated TNGA platform, the Indian SUV will be underpinned by the low-cost DNGA platform that will help the carmaker price the SUV sensibly in the cost-conscious Indian market. In fact, rumours abound that this Skoda Kushaq and VW Taigun rival could be even based on the Global C platform used for the 4th-gen Vitara.
A differentiating factor between the Maruti YFG and the Toyota D22 could come from the fact that the latter could take enough inspiration from the Corolla Cross. On the other hand, the YFG should share aplenty with the A-Cross as well as the latest-gen Vitara. Up front, it’s likely to have a big grille along with sleek headlamps.
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Specs & Features
Even though the platform could come from the Toyota family, the engine will be an entirely Suzuki affair. The upcoming Maruti YFG and Toyota D22 SUVs will likely get their juice from the K14D Boosterjet turbocharged petrol engine that will work in tandem with a 48V mild-hybrid system. The setup will have a maximum power of 130 PS and a peak torque of 235 Nm. This will put it at par with the 1.0-litre and 1.5-litre petrol variants of Skoda Kushaq/VW Taigun and Hyundai Creta/Kia Seltos, respectively. Transmission will be taken care of by 6-speed manual and automatic units.
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The interior could be close to what you find on the international Suzuki A-Cross/Toyota RAV4. This means the Maruti YFG as well as the Toyota D22 is expected to offer a practical cabin replete with upmarket features like HUD, cruise control, 360-degree camera, 6 airbags, wireless smartphone charging, wireless Apple CarPlay and Android Auto and multi-zone climate control.