The Suzuki Vitara spied in India comes with a 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine and a 48 V mild-hybrid system globally
The Suzuki Vitara has been spied at Maruti’s Gurugram manufacturing facility. Could it be that the compact SUV will be used as a benchmark for the Hyundai Creta rival(s) that both Maruti and Toyota are developing?
It is no secret that the 2 automakers are working on a new circa 4.3-metre crossover which will make use of Toyota’s DNGA platform.
To be manufactured at Toyota’s Bidadi facility from next year, the compact crossover will be sold by both Maruti and Toyota under different titles.
The cars are expected to be powered by Maruti’s 1.5-litre petrol engine assisted by a better hybrid system than the one currently utilised by several of the nation’s top automaker’s vehicles.
Since the current generation global Suzuki Vitara spied in India has a 1.4-litre turbo petrol engine with a 48 V mild-hybrid system, Maruti could very well use the car as a benchmark for the upcoming Hyundai Creta rival.
Not only will a better hybrid system aid performance, it will also improve the fuel efficiency of the vehicle by a noticeable amount, which cannot be ignored in a market like India.
Maruti could even look to use the powertrain of the global Vitara in its upcoming sub-4.3-metre SUV, but that needs to be confirmed.
However, when it does get launched, the crossover will replace the S-Cross in Maruti’s portfolio and sit above the Urban Cruiser in Toyota’s product lineup.
Globally, the Suzuki Vitara spied recently is set for a generational update come 2024. It will get a plug-in hybrid variant in addition to the mild-hybrid 1.4-litre turbo petrol model and will get new styling.