Toyota Mid-Sized SUV for Hyundai Creta or Kia Seltos rival in works

Toyota Mid-Size SUV

Japanese automaker, Toyota is planning to introduce a wide range of new models in the Indian market. With the help of Maruti Suzuki, the Japanese brand will expand its product portfolio in the entry-level and affordable car segments. The Glanza was the first model under the new Suzuki and Toyota partnership. Toyota will also launch the re-badged versions of the Brezza, Ertiga and the Ciaz in the Indian market.

Toyota has also planned to introduce some of its global SUVs like RAV4, Highlander and CH-R in the country. All these vehicles will be Completely Built Units (CBUs) and are likely to be introduced as premium SUVs. Right now, there is a huge gap between the upcoming rebadged Toyota Vitara Brezza and Fortuner in India. The C-HR should fill the space nicely and at a Rs 15-17 lakh price, should also be value-for-money. The Toyota C-HR has quite often been spotted testing in India. This SUV looks quite funky, more in the Nissan Kicks space than let’s say the Creta or Seltos. It measures 4,390mm in length, 1,795mm in width and 1,565mm in height. The wheelbase of 2,640mm is higher than that of the Kia/Hyundai by 30mm. Globally, it is available with an 18-inch wheel option and has a 137mm ground clearance. We believe that when it comes to India, the wheel size might go down and the ground clearance significantly up.

The reason behind this is the rapidly increasing demand for SUVs from the past 3-4 years. Toyota has already discontinued the Corolla sedan and is planning to introduce new SUVs in India. Earlier, a few media reports have suggested that the upcoming SUV will be co-developed by Toyota and Maruti Suzuki. The new mid-size SUV will be based on Toyota-Daihatsu’s DNGA modular platform, which is targetted at the emerging market. This platform also underpins the Daihatsu Rocky and the Raize compact SUV. However, the duo could take a cheaper route by using Suzuki’s C-platform, which underpins the global Vitara and the India-spec Brezza, to underpin the new model. The upcoming SUV will likely enter the market by 2022.

In terms of features, the Toyota C-HR gets LED projector headlights, LED fog lights, heated mirrors, dual-zone climate control, 4.2-inch TFT MID, power-adjustable driver’s seat with heating function, 8.0-inch touchscreen infotainment with Amazon Alexa and more. Internationally it also gets a pre-collision system with pedestrian warning, radar-based cruise control, lane departure assist and 10 airbags.

A diesel engine is missing from the global line-up and the C-HR instead focusses on the hybrid as well as the turbo petrol technology. There is a 1.8-litre petrol engine that makes 122hp of power and 142Nm. This unit is a hybrid system that produces 163Nm torque. Power will be sent to the front wheels through a CVT. As for the 2.0-litre turbo petrol, it makes 144hp of power and 188Nm.

For DNGA based platform, the duo will have to make fresh investment in India. The new SUV could be based on the Suzuki’s C-platform that underpins the global Vitara and the Brezza. It is likely to measure around 4.3 meters in length. There will be two different versions of this SUV, one each for Maruti Suzuki and Toyota. Both SUVs will share the platform; however, design will be completely different. The new SUVs could be launched in 2022 and a possible debut at Auto Expo 2020 can’t be ignored.

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