Buoyed by overwhelming response for Vitara Brezza, Maruti Suzuki is now planning to introduce several new utility vehicles in the Indian market. The company will launch the new generation Ertiga this year. Adding to it, Maruti is also looking at a more premium SUV segment which is currently dominated by Hyundai Creta. The parent company, Suzuki is already selling the Vitara 5-seater SUV in the global markets. The same product is also reportedly to be launched in the Indian market as well. In fact, the vehicle has already been spotted multiple times during its test rounds in India. Here is the list of five things you can expect from the new Maruti Suzuki Vitara.
Maruti Suzuki is known for offering products with aggressive price tag. The company has achieved high-level of localisation at its production facilities in Manesar and Sanand. With high-level of local components, the new Vitara is expected to carry an aggressive price tag. It is also expected to undercut the prices of its closest rival Hyundai Creta. We believe that the SUV could be priced between Rs 9 lakh and Rs 13.5 lakh. Read – New-gen Suzuki Grand Vitara In The Works
For people not in the known, the global Vitara is based on the Suzuki’s C-platform that also underpins the Vitara Brezza. However, Maruti has stripped down this platform to achieve sub-4 meter length. This platform is already heavily localised in India, which should help Maruti to achieve aggressive pricing.
To be sold through NEXA dealership
This will be sold through Maruti’s premium dealership network – NEXA. Maruti is selling all its premium products including Baleno, Ignis, Ciaz and S-Cross via NEXA network. Read – New Maruti Grand Vitara Expected Price & Other Details
Confusion on diesel powertrain
If rumours are to be believed, Maruti will source the 2.0-litre MJD diesel engine from FCA to power its bigger SUVs. This engine also powers the Jeep Compass. However, this engine could increase the price of Vitara. We believe that the company could use the 1.6-litre MJD diesel engine, which earlier powers the S-Cross. This engine is capable of producing 118bhp of power and 320Nm of torque. Read – Upcoming Maruti Cars In India
For people not in the known, Maruti is also developing a 1.5-litre diesel engine that could also power this premium SUV. However, nothing concrete on the same has been revealed.
4-wheel-drive or not?
The global Vitara is available with two drivetrains – front wheel and Suzuki’s all-grip 4WD system. It is expected that the India-spec model will be offered with front-wheel-drive system only. If it comes with 4WD option, the Vitara could be a good alternative to Renault Duster AWD.
The Vitara AWD petrol could be powered by a 1.4-litre Boosterjet petrol engine, which also powers the global model. The regular model is expected to be equipped with a 1.6-litre petrol engine.