– Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara could be launched sometime in 2019.
– Price of the SUV might fall between Rs 12 to Rs 16 lakh.
– It will take on the Hyundai Creta and the Renault Duster.
– The SUV will be offered with both petrol and diesel engine options.
It’s no secret that Maruti Suzuki is considering a new premium SUV for the Indian market. Called the Maruti Suzuki Vitara, the new SUV will be stacked up against the Hyundai Creta and Renault Duster. It will also compete with the upcoming Toyota C-HR and Nissan Kicks. In terms of price and positioning, the Vitara will sit above the S-Cross crossover and could be retailed through Maruti’s premium Nexa dealerships. The Maruti Grand Vitara (Suzuki Vitara) first broke cover in 2014 at the Paris Motor Show.
For people not in the know, the Suzuki Vitara (Australia-spec) was awarded ‘2017 Drive Car of the Year: Best City SUV’ for the third year in a row. Attributes such as class-leading fuel efficiency, muscular body-built and a feature-loaded cabin have always worked in its favour. Check Out – Maruti Future S Concept Pictures & Details
– LED daytime running lamps
– ORVMs with integrated blinkers
– Roof Spoiler
– 17-inch Wheels
– Touchscreen infotainment system
– Android Auto & Apple CarPlay
– Reverse Parking Camera
– Leather Seats
– 5-Seats Layout
– Dual Airbags
– ABS + EBD
– Hill Launch Assist Check Out – Upcoming Maruti Suzuki Cars in India
Note – Aforementioned features are of global-spec model.
Aiming to tap the premium SUV segment, the Indo-Japanese carmaker is planning to bring the updated version of the Suzuki Vitara SUV in the Indian market. The carmaker has already begun testing the vehicle in the country. While the official launch date and details of the SUV are yet to be revealed by the carmaker, it is reported to go on sale sometime next year.
|Minimum||Rs 12 lakh|
|Maximum||Rs 16 lakh|
Since Suzuki only has the Vitara in its global markets, it’s almost certain that we will see the same vehicle here albeit with high-level of localisation. The higher level of localisation will ensure that it will be priced aggressively against its rivals. In India, the new Maruti Grand Vitara will be positioned and priced above the S-Cross, which is currently the company’s most expensive offering here. But we have seen how bad Maruti Suzuki’s erstwhile premium offerings, Kizashi and the old Grand Vitara, performed here, so it will be interesting to see if the Indo-Japanese carmaker manages to lure buyers this time around. Read: New Maruti Swift – Price, Pictures & Details
Considering that the 5-seater version of the SUV will compete with Hyundai Creta and Renault Duster, it is expected to be priced accordingly. Prices of the new Maruti Grand Vitara could be as low as Rs 12 lakh for the entry-level variant and go up to Rs 16 lakh for the high-spec trim. If priced in this range, the SUV will be sold through Maruti’s premium Nexa dealerships.
Maruti Suzuki will develop this global Vitara SUV in India, which suggests that several parts and components will be sourced from the existing Maruti cars. Most of the design and styling bits of the new Vitara will be carried over from the smaller sibling Vitara Brezza. However, it will carry more aggressive fascia and new styling elements to offer a unique look. Accentuating the front fascia of the car are a chrome grille, a set of swooping LED headlamps with integrated LED DRLs, a trapezoidal front bumper with integrated round fog lamps and clamshell bonnet with sharp lines. Read – Maruti Suzuki To Launch Toyota Corolla Based Sedan In India
Moving to sides, the SUV might feature sharp creases in line with its SUV-like semblance. The outside rear view mirrors (ORVMs) with integrated blinkers, 17-inch alloy wheels, roof spoiler, body coloured door handles and flared wheel arches are expected to infuse aggressive styling. Round the back, the Maruti Grand Vitara SUV comes equipped with wraparound tail-lamps, silver skid plate on lower bumper and chunky bootlid. Similar to the Vitara Brezza, the new premium SUV will also come with dual-tone body paint options. Globally, the SUV is available six colour schemes – Savannah Ivory Metallic with Black Roof, Cosmic Black Pearl Metallic, Cool White Pearl, Atlantis Turquoise Pearl Metallic with Black Roof, Horizon Orange Metallic with Black Roof and Galactic Grey Metallic. Read: New-gen Maurti WagonR – All You Need To Know
As mentioned in the beginning, the new 5-seater SUV will measure above sub-4 meter in length. The overall length, width and height of the global-spec model measure 4,175mm, 1,775mm and 1,610mm respectively. It has a wheelbase of 2,500mm. With an estimated ground clearance of 185mm, it will be able to tackle rough Indian terrains. The boot space of SUV stands at 375-litres, which is good enough to accommodate 3-4 suitcases. However, the 60:40 split-folding rear seats further enhance the luggage capacity to 1,160-litres. Read – Maruti Ertiga-based Crossover Under Development
Similar to most of the new-age Maruti Suzuki cars, the upcoming Grand Vitara too might get an upmarket cabin with good quality materials. The interior will most likely sport the u-design around the gearshift lever and will get a large instrument cluster. On the feature front, expect the car to pack some new-age features including a 7-inch touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone integration such as Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, multi-functional steering wheel, audio head unit, leather wrapped steering, reverse camera with sensors and premium leather seat covers.
The global-spec version comes fitted with digital climate control, pollen filter, rear view mirror auto diming, power door locks, power windows, leather covered steering wheel, cruise control, leather accented seat upholstery with suede inserts and red stitching, audio system with satellite navigation and Bluetooth connectivity, voice command, etc. Read – Maruti Alto Is All Set For A Generation Change
|Engine||1.6L MJD Diesel|
Globally, the SUV is available with both petrol and diesel fuel guise. While details on the India-spec Grand Vitara have still not been made available, but we expect it come with the Fiat-sourced 1.6-litre Multijet diesel engine and the company’s global 1.6-litre petrol or the turbocharged 1.4-litre petrol unit. While the 1.6-litre gasoline unit delivers a maximum power of 118bhp, the 1.4-litre unit pushes out peak power of 138bhp.
On the other hand, Fiat’s 1.6-litre mutlijet diesel powertrain makes power worth 118bhp against 320Nm of torque. It’s the same engine that was introduced on the S-Cross, but has now been discontinued due to poor demand for it. Transmission choices might include a 6-speed manual unit and there could be Suzuki’s ALL-Grip 4-wheel drive system, channelizing power to all four wheels. The Maurti Grand Vitara SUV will offer four driving modes – Sport, Snow, Lock and Auto. Read: New Maruti Ertiga – Launch & Other Details
Just like other Maruti cars, the new Grand Vitara will be one the most fuel efficient SUV in its league. We believe that the SUV could deliver around 16kmpl and 20kmpl in petrol and diesel guise, respectively.
Sitting above 4-meter in length, the new Maruti Grand Vitara will offer decent legroom, headroom and shoulder space for both front and rear occupants. The base model is likely to get fabric seat upholstery, while the leather seats with contrast stitching could be reserved for the range-topping model. The SUV will also offer digital climate control unit, satellite navigation, voice command, steering wheel mounted controls, Bluetooth connectivity and height adjustable driver seat. Read – 5 Upcoming Maruti Vitara Brezza Rivals
The new Maruti premium SUV will have several cubby holes like bottle holders and cup holders, and a large glovebox. Just like the global-spec, the India-bound model will offer a luggage carrying capacity of 375-litres, which is more than the Renault Captur. The split rear seats with 60:40 ratio will further enhance the practicality of the SUV, as the boot space will be further increased by up to 1,160-litres. Check Out – Maruti Suzuki e-Survivor Mini SUV Concept Pictures & Details
To be launched as a premium SUV, the new Maruti Grand Vitara is likely to be equipped with several high-end safety and security features. The standard safety list will include dual-front airbags, ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic Brake-force Distribution) and brake assist system. Features such as hill launch assist, ESP, rear parking camera and sensors, etc will be restricted to the high-end trim. It will also get anti-theft alarm, braking assist system, vehicle stability control, traction control, 3-point ELR with pre-tensioner, load limiters seat belts and ISOFIX anchorage points. Read – 6 Reasons Why Everyone’s Buying The All-new Maruti Swift
Measuring above sub-4 meter, Maruti’s new premium SUV will carry massive body-built and likely to offer commanding road presence. Features such as tall and aggressive stance, slopping roof-rail, high ground clearance and dual-tone colour scheme (if offered) will enhance its premium looks. Interior will surely be more upmarket and feature-loaded than the Vitara Brezza. It is likely to offer generous cabin space and luggage area, thus making it more practical for day-to-day commuting purposes. While engine details are still under the wraps, it is likely to be as fuel efficient as other Maruti cars. All these attributes, the Maruti Grand Vitara SUV will make an all-round package for Indian buyers.
Latest Video – Maruti Suzuki Future S Concept At Auto Expo 2018
To be built on Suzuki's global C platform, the new Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara will be a seven-seater SUV to challenge Tata Hexa & Mahindra XUV500. It will be equipped with several high-end features and will get 1.6-litre MJD diesel engine.