To be positioned above Brezza compact SUV, the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara will rival Hyundai Creta, Renault Duster and Honda BRV in India.
Enjoying zenith in the Indian car market, leading car giant, Maruti Suzuki India has set sight on the thriving SUV segment and is planning a slew of launches in the next two-three years. Currently, it offers Vitara Brezza and S-Cross in the segment, albeit media reports opine that Maruti is contemplating a seven-seat SUV for India which could be the global Vitara model. We have spoken about the possibility of new Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara coming to India in our earlier report, however new developments indicate at a different theory. It is believed that Maruti could add a third row to the global Vitara and launch it in India to compete with larger SUVs including Mahindra XUV500 and Tata Hexa.
In Maruti’s line-up, Grand Vitara will be positioned above S-Cross both in terms of body style and pricing. Another reason that makes it a crucial product for Maruti India is its price positioning that is expected to be above Rs 10 lakh. Now, we know that Maruti’s product in this price range bite the dust in India like the defunct Kizashi and from the current lot, S-Cross that failed to withstand competition and is up for an upgrade.
Priced in this range, the new Vitara will be retailed through Maruti’s premium Nexa dealerships and is likely to hit production within 2 to 3 years. Read – Maruti Vitara Brezza Road Test Review
The Grand Vitara SUV will be slotted above S-Cross in Maruti’s SUV line-up and will be a part of its premium range, under the Nexa umbrella. The model earlier expected to come early, however media reports suggest that it could take 2-3 years to develop the SUV, since the plan is yet in nascent stage. While Maruti is yet tight-lipped about the seven-seater SUV, sources in the know suggest Maruti could bring the SUV to India sometime between 2019 or 2020. Read – Upcoming Maruti Suzuki Cars in India
|Minimum||Rs 12 lakh|
|Maximum||Rs 16 lakh|
Maruti has not been successful in the premium range priced above Rs 10 lakh. Considering that the seven-seater SUV will compete with rivals Mahindra XUV500 and Tata Hexa, it is expected to be priced above this range. However, to keep the price competitive, Maruti will look at comprehensive localisation and we expect it to be priced between Rs 12 lakh to Rs 16 lakh.
|Engine||1.6L MJD Diesel|
Globally, the SUV is available with petrol and diesel engine options. While details on the India-spec Grand Vitara are still hazy, the SUV is likely to come with an oil burner only. The seven-seater SUV could use the 1.6-litre MJD diesel engine tuned to make 118bhp and 320Nm of torque. Transmission duties will be carried out by the six-speed manual unit and there could be Suzuki’s ALL-Grip 4-wheel drive system, channelizing power to all four wheels.
From what we know so far, the SUV will have larger dimensions to accommodate the three-row layout inside. It is expected that the SUV will measure 4,175mm in length, 1,775mm in width and 1,610mm in height. It will most likely sit on the 2,500mm long wheelbase and could have a 185mm high ground clearance.
LED daytime running lamps
ORVMs with integrated blinkers
Touchscreen infotainment system
Android Auto & Apple CarPlay
Reverse Parking Camera
ABS + EBD
Hill Launch Assist
In terms of styling, the new Vitara will borrow some elements from the smaller sibling Vitara Brezza. Up front, there could be a chrome grille and a set of swooping headlamps with integrated LED daytime running lights. Additionally, it could get 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, expect it to get sharp creases in line with its SUV-like semblance. The outside rear view mirrors with integrated blinkers, body coloured door handles and flared wheel arches are expected to infuse aggression
In line with Maruti’s new breed of cars, the upcoming Grand Vitara will reportedly get an upmarket cabin, infused with better material quality. The interior will most likely sport the u-design around the shift lever and will get a large instrument cluster. On the feature front, expect the car to pack a raft of features including a touchscreen infotainment system with smartphone integration, multi-functional steering wheel, leather wrapped steering, reverse camera with sensors and premium leather seat covers.
The full-size SUV space currently offers a handful of models. The new Grand Vitara seven-seat SUV is expected to compete with Mahindra XUV500 and Tata Hexa in the segment.