Toyota Could Be Working on a Kia Seltos Rival

by Jatin Chhibber | 24/04/2020
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Toyota is working on an all-new small SUV to compete with Kia Seltos and Hyundai Creta. The upcoming SUV will be developed jointly by Toyota and Maruti Suzuki.

Toyota Kirloskar Motor India Ltd plans to launch a wide range of new vehicles in near future. Maruti Suzuki will help Toyota to expand its product line-up in the entry-level and inexpensive car segments. Toyota Glanza was the first affordable car under this new partnership. Toyota also has plans to introduce re-badged Brezza, Ciaz and Ertiga into the Indian market. Moreover, the joint venture is currently working on an all-new C-segment MPV for the domestic and global markets. The upcoming MPV will be based on the FWD monocoque platform.

Toyota Could Be Working on a Kia Seltos Rival

Toyota has also plans to introduce some gobal SUVs in the Indian market like RAV4 and CH-R

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It’ll sit between Ertiga and Innova, and will compete with the likes of Mahindra Marazzo and the upcoming MPV by Tata based on the ALFA-ARC platform. Toyota has also planned to introduce some of its global SUVs like RAV4, Highlander and CH-R in the country. All these vehicles will be Completely Built Units (CBUs) and are likely to be introduced as premium SUVs. The Japanese automaker could bring the RAV4 or CH-R to rival the likes of Jeep Compass and Hyundai Tucson. The reason behind this is the rapidly increasing demand for SUVs from the past 3-4 years. Toyota has already discontinued the Corolla sedan and is planning to introduce new SUVs in India. Moreover, the carmaker is also planning to launch an all-new mid-size SUV, which will rub shoulders with the likes of Kia Seltos, Hyundai Creta and Nissan Kicks.

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The all-new SUV will be based on Suzuki's C-SUV 

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Earlier, a few media reports have suggested that the upcoming SUV will be co-developed by Toyota and Maruti Suzuki. The new mid-size SUV will be based on Toyota-Daihatsu’s DNGA modular platform, which is targetted at the emerging market. This platform also underpins the Daihatsu Rocky and the Raize compact SUV. However, the duo could take a cheaper route by using Suzuki’s C-platform, which underpins the global Vitara and the India-spec Brezza, to underpin the new model. The upcoming SUV will likely enter the market by 2022. 

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