Maruti Suzuki’s version of Toyota Corolla Altis sedan will compete against big guns such as Hyundai Elantra, Skoda Octavia and Honda Civic
Suzuki and Toyota have tied up for significant long term plans involving electric mobility and other core areas of profitability. Chief among which the sharing of models between Suzuki’s India division Maruti Suzuki and Toyota Kirloskar Motor will enable rebadged versions launching in India very soon.
First among the shared models is the Baleno premium hatchback as Maruti Suzuki will reportedly be supplying 30,00 to 50,000 units of it and the Vitara Brezza to Toyota. They will help Toyota to have a much-needed footing in the volume space as the brand’s Etios and Liva are not performing well compared to their rivals.
Toyota will be sharing its Corolla Altis to Maruti Suzuki in return helping the latter to enter into the D-segment sedan class after the dismal run with the Kizashi. It will effectively act as a flagship sedan for the largest automaker in the country as about 10,000 units are believed to be supplied initially.
In India, the Corolla Altis takes power from a 140 PS 1.8-litre petrol and 88 PS 1.4-litre diesel powertrains. As the Maruti Suzuki badged executive sedan is expected to arrive only during the course of next year, it could use the BSVI compliant engines. Toyota will likely introduce the twelfth generation Corolla in 2020 in India as well.
Having made its debut at the 2018 Guangzhou International Auto Show, Toyota is currently expanding the reach of the TNGA platform based model across the globe and due to the raising competition, it could be launched next year in India following the implementation of BSVI emission standards by April 2020.
Maruti Suzuki may opt for using newly developed SHVS petrol engine from its own lineup as well but nothing is clearly known yet. One thing for certain is that Maruti Suzuki will make exterior changes to make the D-segment sedan stand apart from the Corolla Altis while being able to position it above the Ciaz.
Interior will supposedly get minor tweaks in design and expect software changes for a fully-blow Maruti Suzuki experience. It is expected to make domestic premiere at the 2020 Auto Expo before going on sale.