Toyota Joins Hands With Suzuki To Build Marazzo-Rival MPV

  • Mar 22, 2019

Toyota has announced that it will manufacture a C-segment MPV for the Indian auto market in collaboration with Suzuki. Toyota will bank upon the expertise of the latter in developing vehicles in India. The new MPV will first be launched as the Toyota vehicle and then will be rebadged as Suzuki. While the development plans are concrete, the launch timeline is yet to be known.

The Toyota-Suzuki co-developed MPV, being a C-segment MPV, will be positioned between the Innova Crysta and the Suzuki Ertiga. This is where the recently launched Mahindra Marazzo retails. The Marazzo measures 4585mm in length, which is the mid-range of Innova Crysta’s 4735mm and Ertiga’s 4395mm.

The new MPV is expected to use the monocoque platform, which will be lighter than the ladder-frame that underpins both, the Marazzo and the Innova Crysta. What this implies is that the new MPV will be more fuel efficient than the Marazzo. In the engine department, it is likely to be offered with both, petrol as well as diesel. The Marazzo, on the other hand, currently comes with only a diesel engine. However, it will boast one by the next year.

In terms of pricing, we expect the Toyota-Suzuki MPV to be priced between the Ertiga and the Innova Crysta. Currently, the Ertiga retails in the price bracket of Rs 7.44 lakh and Rs 10.90 lakh, while the Innova Crysta from Rs 14.83 lakh to Rs 23.24 lakh. The Marazzo, on the other hand, starts from Rs 9.99 lakh. Its range-topping model retails at Rs 14.38 lakh (all prices ex-showroom Delhi).

It will be interesting to see how will the automaker position and market this new MPV in India considering the fact that the outgoing MPVs, the Ertiga, and the Innova Crysta lead their respective segments. We’ll keep you posted as soon as we get inside info about the launch of the new Toyota-Suzuki MPV. Till then stay tuned with us for more automotive updates.


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