To fill the void of a proper mid-size SUV for our market, Maruti has been jointly developing the YGF with Toyota to rival the segment leader, Hyundai Creta.
This might be the first-ever Hindi walkaround video of the Suzuki A-Cross, the model that will lend several design cues to the upcoming Hyundai Creta-rival from Maruti Suzuki India Ltd. Dubbed internally as the YGF, the new model might see its market launch sometime near Diwali. Maruti is developing the mid-size SUV with Toyota on its low-cost DNGA platform that underpins a ton of budget-friendly products in international markets. Maruti’s Brezza has been doing great in the sub-compact SUV segment and Maruti would want to replicate that level of success in the highly lucrative compact SUV segment with the YGF. This time around, however, the versions of Toyota and Maruti might not just be badge-engineered but feature some distinctions in terms of styling.
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Maruti YGF To Launch Near Diwali?
We had previously reported the spy shots of the Maruti YGF, but this is a complete walkaround of the Suzuki A-Cross that will be close to the Indian vehicle. The design of the A-Cross is striking with a broad grille, sleek LED DRLs around the projector headlights, sturdy silver-finished skid plate, prominent fog lamp housing on the sporty bumper, and a simple logo at the centre of the bonnet. On the sides, the alloy wheels are elegant and the wheel arches are squared off with a black covering and side body cladding making it look like a proper SUV. At the rear, the bold styling continues with split LED taillamps, a black skid plate and an upright stance.
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Interior and Features
On the inside is where one sees a massive departure from the regular Maruti cars we have grown watching. The quality of materials inside the cabin is high with the generous use of soft-touch materials. There is a large infotainment display at the centre with all the latest smartphone and connected car tech features, a wide digital instrument panel for the driver, dual-zone automatic climate control, steering-mounted controls, powered and ventilated seats, drive modes (Eco, Normal and Sport), paddle shifters, ADAS functions, aluminium inserts on the dashboard for that premium quotient. It will be interesting to see which features come in the India-spec version but it does look like the overall aesthetics of the cabin of the Maruti YGF will be close to that of the A-Cross.
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While this international-spec Suzuki A-Cross comes with a plug-in hybrid engine, the India-spec Maruti YGF might also feature some sort of electrification, particularly when the engine will be sourced from Toyota. However, the exact specifications of the Hyundai Creta will be revealed closer to the launch. Speaking of which, we might be able to see the YGF and its Toyota counterpart sometime around the festive season this year. The arrival of the YGF will make the mid-size SUV segment very competitive indeed.