To be positioned above Brezza compact SUV, the Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara will rival Hyundai Creta, Renault Duster and Honda BRV in India.
Buoyed by the unprecedented response for Vitara Brezza, Maruti Suzuki India is now looking at expanding its SUV line-up. The SUV segment is currently the most competitive segment in India which is growing at a very fast pace. As Maruti has already tasted success with its subcompact SUV, the company is prepping to revive sales in the full size SUV space with the Grand Vitara SUV. In India, Maruti will bring the new generation Grand Vitara and will slot it above the S-Cross. This will be the fourth model under Maruti’s premium range retailed through Nexa that currently offers Baleno, S-Cross and Ignis. That said Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara SUV will be the most expensive model under the Nexa line-up.
Under the hood, it will get the 1.6 litre oil burner mated to the manual unit and is also likely to come with Suzuki’s AllGrip AWD system. It is to be noted that this would be Vitara’s second innings in the domestic market. Maruti pulled the plug on the SUV after sales started plunging. Yet another model from Maruti’s global product range, the Kizashi sedan was launched in India back in 2011, but being a victim to high pricing, the sedan could not get traction and was eventually withdrawn from Indian line-up. Now that the carmaker is planning to bring the Vitara nameplate back, it is expected that new Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara SUV will launch in the first half of 2017. Read – Maruti Vitara Brezza Road Test Review
The Grand Vitara SUV will be slotted above S-Cross in Maruti’s line-up both in terms of positioning and pricing. That said the model will be the fourth product under its premium range, retailed through Nexa. As suggested above, the SUV is expected to debut in the first half of 2017. Since Maruti hasn’t made any official announcement, there is yet no specific timeline for the launch. Read – Upcoming Maruti Suzuki Cars in India
|Minimum||Rs 12 lakh|
|Maximum||Rs 16 lakh|
In a bid to price the car competitively, the company will look at comprehensive localisation. To be positioned below S-Cross in the Nexa range, Maruti Grand Vitara price is likely to fall between Rs 12 lakh to Rs 16 lakh. In this price range, the car will rival many other credible products in the UV space like Hyundai’s extremely popular Creta and Duster from Renault. The recently launched Tata Hexa falls in the same vicinity in terms of pricing, hence it could also pit against the upcoming Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara SUV.
|Engine||1.6L MJD Diesel|
In India, Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara will be available with an oil burner only, deriving power from the 1.6 litre MJD diesel powertrain putting out maximum power of 118bhp and 320NM of torque. For transmitting power, it will use a six-speed manual transmission. In addition, the company could also offer Suzuki’s ALL-Grip 4-Wheel drive system, directing power to all four wheels.
The Grand Vitara SUV will have large proportions, measuring 4,175mm long, 1,775mm wide and 1,610mm high. The wheelbase will be around 2,500mm and the ground clearance estimates at 185mm.
Styling will be reminiscent of the Vitara Brezza, carrying similar elements as on the subcompact SUV. The face features chrome grille flanked by the pulled back headlamps with integrated LED DRLs. The trapezoidal bumper in front equips rounded fog lamps and the clamshell bonnet features sharp lines. Side profile too gets sharp creases, accentuating the aggressive look. Besides, it sports ORVMS with integrated blinkers, body painted door handles and pronounced wheel arches. Also See- Upcoming New Maruti Suzuki Cars in India
As much as it looks good from the outside, the SUV is likely to be plusher on the inside sporting u-design around the shift lever and a large instrument panel. In terms of features, the SUV will pack a host of goodies like the touchscreen infotainment system, multi-functional steering wheel, leather seat covers, leather wrapped steering and reverse camera with sensors.