Suzuki and Toyota would start production of a new hybrid SUV model, as the Japanese carmakers aim to market the new model in India as Suzuki and Toyota models, respectively.
Toyota and Suzuki have announced a new Suzuki-developed SUV for India, followed by global markets to be manufactured at Toyota Kirloskar Motor’s facility in Bengaluru. Both carmakers are promoting a mutual supply of vehicles globally, which is one of the collaborations in the business partnership, and the two companies will now start production of a new hybrid SUV model, as the Japanese aim to market the new model in India as Suzuki and Toyota models, respectively. Furthermore, the two companies are planning to export the new model to markets outside India including Africa.
Akio Toyoda, President, Toyota said, “We are pleased to announce the new SUV with Suzuki, a company that has a long history of local involvement in the Indian business. Today, the automotive industry is facing 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 new hybrid model touted to be called, Toyota HyRyder will most likely be revealed to the world on July 1, 2022, and will be the first model to be co-developed by Suzuki and Toyota as part of its global partnership. The upcoming offering will first debut as a Toyota-badged model, while the Maruti Suzuki-badged iteration will follow soon. The newly developed motor is expected to be a 1.5-litre petrol engine supported by an electric motor that will help the automaker compensate for the absence of a diesel engine in its line-up. The base trims are likely to get a mild-hybrid petrol engine, possibly the 1.5-litre K-Series motor from the new Ertiga and XL6.
Toyota & Suzuki have finally made it official. A joint SUV model for India + global markets. Suzuki mild hybrid and Toyota strong #hybrid – both brands will use both variants. This #Creta rivalling #compactSUV be made at Toyota’s Bangalore plant. SVP #hyryder #breakingnews #suv pic.twitter.com/B97tTfWuXz
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Toshihiro Suzuki, President, Suzuki said, “Production of the new SUV at TKM is a project that can contribute to the growth of India through providing eco-friendly mobility needed by customers. We recognize that it is a big milestone toward further deepening our collaboration in the future. We appreciate the support from Toyota, and at the same time, will explore new synergy and business opportunities through continuous collaboration.”
The powertrains of the new model to be on sale in India will be equipped with a mild hybrid developed by Suzuki and a strong hybrid developed by Toyota. By bringing together the strengths of both Toyota and Suzuki through the collaboration, the two companies will be able to provide a wide variety of vehicle electrification technologies to customers and contribute to the acceleration of electrification and the realization of a carbon-neutral society in India.