In terms of price and positioning, the new Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara will be placed above the S-Cross.
Maruti Suzuki had overtaken Mahindra & Mahindra (M&M) to become India’s largest UV (Utility Vehicle) manufacturer in May, 2017. In fact, the Indo-Japanese carmaker sustained its dominance in the segment – thanks to the strong sales growth of Vitara Brezza. With an aim to further strengthen its position in the UV space, the company is planning to bring its global SUV – Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara in the country. In terms of price and positioning, this new SUV will be placed above the S-Cross and could be retailed through Maruti’s premium Nexa dealerships.
Having said that, we are still not sure if the model coming to India will be a 5-seater or a 7-seater, since the global Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara is 5-seater. A latest media report claims that the Grand Vitara 5-seater SUV will hit Indian shores sometime next year. In the premium compact SUV space, the new Maruti five-seater SUV will face challenge from cars like Hyundai Creta, Renault Duster and upcoming Nissan Kicks.
– 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
The new Grand Vitara SUV (global-spec) is, currently, in its testing phase. According to a carandbike report, Maruti Suzuki will introduce its premium 5-seater SUV in India sometime next year. Though, no official word has been made on the same. Check Out – Upcoming Maruti Suzuki Cars in India
|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. 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-gen Maruti Swift To Debut at 2018 Auto Expo
Maruti Suzuki has not been successful in the premium range above Rs 10 lakh, as we have seen how bad the old Grand Vitara and Kizashi performed. Considering that the 5-seater version of the SUV will compete with Hyundai Creta and Renault Duster, it is expected to be priced accordingly. With comprehensive localisation, the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara is expected it to be priced between Rs 12 lakh to Rs 16 lakh (ex-showroom). Priced in this range, the SUV will be sold through Maruti’s premium Nexa dealerships.
Most of the design and styling bits of the new Vitara will be carried over from the smaller sibling Vitara Brezza. Face of the car could be adorned with a chrome grille and a set of swooping headlamps with integrated LED daytime running lights. The car might also receive the trapezoidal bumper in front, equipped with the round fog lamps. The clamshell bonnet with sharp lines will add to the visual appeal. On the side, the new Maruti 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. Read: New-gen Maurti WagonR – All You Need To Know
From what we know so far, the SUV will have larger dimensions to accommodate the three-row layout inside. Proportionally, the new Maruti SUV could be 4,175mm long, 1,775mm wide and 1,610mm tall. It will most likely sit on the 2,500mm long wheelbase and could have a 185mm high ground clearance. 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 touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone integration (Android Auto and Apple CarPlay), multi-functional steering wheel, audio head unit, leather wrapped steering, reverse camera with sensors and premium leather seat covers. Read – Maruti Alto Is All Set For A Generation Change
|Engine||1.6L MJD Diesel|
In global markets, 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 a Fiat-sourced 1.6-litre multijet diesel unit and the company’s global 1.6-litre petrol or the turbocharged 1.4-litre petrol unit. While the 1.6-litre gasoline unit makes a top power of 118bhp, the 1.4-litre unit pushes out a maximum power output of 138bhp. Read: New Maruti Ertiga – Launch & Other Details
On the other hand, Fiat’s 1.6-litre mutlijet diesel powertrain delivers a top power of 118bhp and 320Nm. This is the same engine that was introduced on the S-Cross, but has now been discontinued due to poor demand for it. Transmission duties will be taken care of by the six-speed manual unit and there could be Suzuki’s ALL-Grip 4-wheel drive system, channelising power to all four wheels.