Maruti has been constantly in search of a Creta rival to take advantage of the lucrative mid-size SUV segment and establish its presence.
These spy images of Maruti’s Hyundai Creta rival hint at the launch soon in the segment above the Brezza. The largest carmaker in the country has dominated just about every segment in the country save for the mid-size SUV space. Granted, it has the S-Cross with similar dimensions as the other SUVs in the segment, but it could only be classified as a crossover. Its joint venture with Toyota will allow it to source the mid-size SUV from the Japanese carmaker. What could we possibly expect from this upcoming mid-size SUV?
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Maruti’s Hyundai Creta Rival Spotted Alongside Brezza
Conversely to the Glanza and Urban Cruiser, which are sourced from Maruti, the new mid-size SUV will be manufactured by Toyota and sourced by Maruti. This means that the SUV will be underpinned by the DNGA (Daihatsu New Global Architecture) platform that powers a wide range of Toyota, Subaru and Perodua products. This will put the dimensions of this SUV at par with the competitors. The visuals don’t reveal too much due to being camouflaged in the black wrap. However, the LED DRLs look sleek placed on the bonnet and the overall silhouette is that of a typical SUV. That alone will be enough to distinguish it from the S-Cross crossover currently serving as the Creta rival.
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The alloy wheels look quite elegant and large too that are covered by pronounced wheel arches. The side pillars are blacked out which is, sort of, becoming the norm these days. The tail section features a shark fin antenna and vertically stacked reflector lights. Looking closely, the taillights seem to have the split setup and would most likely be LED units. All in all, the Maruti/Toyota SUV would most likely bring a fresh and more appropriate SUV-ish stance. The launch of the SUV is likely to take place around the festive season this year.
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Toyota or Maruti have not revealed any information regarding the powertrain for the SUV. However, looking at what Toyota aims for its international range of products and electrification strategy for the coming years, the engine might have a strong hybrid technology. This also makes sense because hybrid powertrains ensure a considerably high fuel economy than the regular ICE variants which is a major pull for a ton of Indian buyers, especially with the ever-increasing fuel prices. What are your thoughts on the Maruti’s Creta rival that would launch above the Brezza?