Maruti S-Cross 1
The upcoming 4.3-metre compact SUV will replace the S-Cross

The Maruti YFG compact SUV will be manufactured by Toyota in India

Maruti is expected to launch its YFG (codename) compact SUV developed jointly with Toyota prior to Diwali this year. The car will directly rival the Hyundai Creta, Kia Seltos and the like.

Toyota will manufacture the YFG (and supply it to Maruti) along with its own version of the vehicle that has been code-named D22, at its second plant in Bidadi, Karnataka. The D22 will likely follow the YFG to the market.

Both cars will be based on a platform derived from the Daihatsu New Global Architecture (DNGA) that was originally created with developing markets in mind.

It is said both models will be quite different on the outside and inside, unlike the current Maruti Baleno-Toyota Glanza and Maruti Vitara Brezza-Toyota Urban Cruiser which look the same.

Maruti YFG Compact SUV
The upcoming SUV could be called the Vitara as Maruti has dropped the moniker from Brezza’s title

They’ll be equipped with loads of features, as is demanded by customers these days, but their trump card will be their shared powertrain which will be a petrol motor (most likely Maruti’s 1.5-litre engine) assisted by a strong-hybrid technology.

This should enable the models to come with class-leading fuel-efficiency figures and mask the absence of a diesel variant to quite an extent. Unlike Maruti, Hyundai and Kia bank on their diesel variants quite a lot.

It is also possible that, for short distances, the Maruti YFG compact SUV and Toyota D22 will be able to run on electric power alone. But, only an official statement from the 2 companies will put rest to speculations.