Maruti Suzuki and Toyota to jointly develop new hybrid SUV for India and global markets


Suzuki and Toyota are said to start production of a new hybrid SUV model as the Japanese automakers aim to market the new model in India as Suzuki and Toyota models respectively.

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The test mule of the upcoming Toyota HyRyder SUV was spotted recently.

Toyota and Suzuki have announced a new SUV developed by Suzuki for India followed by global markets which will be manufactured at Toyota’s Kirloskar Motor plant in Bangalore. The two automakers are promoting a mutual supply of vehicles globally, which is one of the collaborations of the business partnership, and the two companies will now start production of a new hybrid SUV model, so that the Japanese aim to market the new model in India as Suzuki. and Toyota models, respectively. Additionally, the two companies plan to export the new model to markets outside India, including Africa.

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Akio Toyoda, Chairman of Toyota, said: “We are delighted to announce the new SUV with Suzuki, a company that has a long history of local involvement in the Indian sector. Today, the automotive industry faces various challenges such as electrification and carbon neutrality. By leveraging the respective strengths of Toyota and Suzuki to provide Indian customers with a variety of options, we hope to contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions and realize a society where “no one is left behind and” everyone can move freely. »


The upcoming offering will debut as a Toyota-badged model, while the Maruti Suzuki-badged iteration will soon follow.

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The new hybrid model said to be called Toyota HyRyder will most likely be revealed to the world on July 1, 2022 and will be the first model co-developed by Suzuki and Toyota under its global partnership. The upcoming offering will debut as a Toyota-badged model, while the Maruti Suzuki-badged iteration will soon follow. The newly developed engine is expected to be a 1.5-liter gasoline engine backed by an electric motor which will help the automaker compensate for the lack of a diesel engine in its lineup. Base trims are likely to get a mild-hybrid petrol engine, possibly the 1.5-litre K-series engine from the new Ertiga and XL6.

Toshihiro Suzuki, President of Suzuki, said, “The production of the new SUV at TKM is a project that can contribute to India’s growth by providing the environmentally friendly mobility that customers need. We recognize that this is an important step towards deepening our collaboration in the future. We appreciate Toyota’s support and, at the same time, we will explore new synergies and business opportunities through continued collaboration. »

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The powertrains of the new model to be marketed in India will feature a mild hybrid developed by Suzuki and a powerful hybrid developed by Toyota. By bringing together the strengths of Toyota and Suzuki through the collaboration, the two companies will be able to provide a wide variety of vehicle electrification technologies to customers and help accelerate electrification and achieve a carbon neutral society in India.

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