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New Maruti Suzuki cars could get hybrid engines

Written by Nizam Shaikh

Maruti Suzuki is planning to launch new mild-hybrid vehicles in the Indian market. The new cars are known by their codenames YFG and YTB. Both vehicles are likely to replace the current 12V SHVS (Suzuki Hybrid Vehicle System) with a new mild-hybrid powertrain. Sources suggest that the YFG and YTB crossover will compete in the hotly contested compact crossover and compact SUV segment. Maruti Suzuki will build the new powertrains under the Mission Green Million Project. Under the project, Maruti Suzuki aims to launch one million electrified and alternative fuel vehicles in the country.

Maruti Suzuki YFG

As per reports, the Maruti Suzuki YFG will underpin the DNGA (Daihatsu New Global Architecture). The platform is a low-cost version of the TNGA (Toyota New Global Architecture). Speculation is that the new vehicle will come with a design inspired by the Maruti Suzuki Vitara and eventually replace the Maruti Suzuki S-Cross. Currently, the details of the hybrid powertrain are scarce at the moment. But reports are that the YFG will enter production in 2022. Sources say that Maruti Suzuki will also rebadge and sell the YDG, in the global market. 

Maruti Suzuki YTB

The Maruti Suzuki YTB will be a sub-4-metre compact crossover built on the Baleno platform. The design is likely to draw inspiration from the Futuro-e concept Maruti Suzuki showcased at the Auto Expo 2020. The brand will position the YTB alongside the Vitara Brezza instead of replacing the compact SUV. This will give customers a cheaper alternative to the hybrid car. The Futuro-e features a crossover coupe design.

Maruti Suzuki is likely to produce both vehicles at Toyota’s production plant in Karnataka, under the Toyota-Suzuki partnership. The brand is also gearing up to launch a fully electric tall hatchback based on the Maruti Suzuki WagonR EV.

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