New Maruti Suzuki ‘Baleno-based’ compact SUV arriving soon: All you need to know

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Maruti Suzuki India Ltd is said to be working on launching a new compact sports utility vehicle (SUV) in the Indian automobile market. The new Maruti Suzuki compact-SUV will be the second compact SUV by the brand after Vitara Brezza, which was launched in 2016. The upcoming compact SUV model by Maruti will be based on Maruti Suzuki Baleno hatchback, a premium hatchback. According to a recent report, Maruti Suzuki is presently designing a compact SUV based on the Baleno, a premium hatchback. The new development has been codenamed YTB and is likely to be designed as the structure of a mini crossover look or a coupe. It is amongst a variety of SUVs that are in the pipeline being developed as a mid-size SUV in partnership with Toyota. 

Maruti Suzuki’s Baleno is structured on the lightweight Heartect platform that supports a range of new models coming from Maruti Suzuki including the S-Presso, Wagon R, Ignis, XL6, and Ertiga. Employing the same design platform would help in lowering the developmental costs. Maruti Suzuki, the biggest carmaker already sells the Vitara Brezza sub-four-metre SUV in the country.

The Vitara Brezza has been ruling the segment for more than 4 years. But now when new entrants like the Kia Sonet and Hyundai Venue have arrived, it has started experiencing strong rivalry. Additionally, the BSVI rule led to the Vitara Brezza having an absolute disadvantage as it is sold only with a petrol engine while the Korean duo offers a broad range with 1.2-liter petrol, 1.5-liter diesel, and a 1.0-liter turbo petrol engine.

Named as the ‘sister car’ of Baleno, it will likely have several similarities with the hatchback and anticipate it to be located below the Vitara Brezza. Presently, the Indo-Japanese manufacturer sells the S-Presso as its smallest SUV and hence the YTB could be positioned below the Global C platform based Vitara Brezza and it could aim for an identical market positioning as the newly launched Nissan Magnite.

The S-Presso pricing varies from Rs 3.70 lakh to Rs 5.13 lakh while the Vitara Brezza cost lies in the range between Rs. 7.34 lakh and Rs. 11.4 lakh (both prices ex-showroom, New Delhi). Hence, the Baleno-based SUV/crossover could be priced between Rs. 5 lakh and Rs. 8 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi) aiming for a similar range of customers as the Nissan Magnite, which has already hit more than 15,000 bookings.

To boost up the performance, 1.2-liter naturally-aspirated petrol and a 1.5-liter SHVS petrol in the top-end variants could be given along with a five-speed manual transmission and four-speed torque converter AT options. 

Since nothing has gone official yet. The wait is all that has to be done to know the exact details about the new development.

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