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. In a bid to further strengthen its position in the UV space, the company is planning to bring its global SUV – Suzuki Vitara in the country. This new model is likely to be launched as new gen Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara. 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. However, Maruti officials have also revealed that the launch could take place in late 2018 or early 2019. 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.
According to ET Auto, Maruti Suzuki is working on several utility vehicles for the Indian market. The company is working on Ertiga based crossover – codenamed YHB, a seven-seater SUV to challenge Mahindra XUV500 and a five-seater premium SUV to rival Hyundai Creta. Continue reading..
– 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
Maruti will launch the updated version of the Suzuki Vitara SUV in the country. This model is currently on testing phase in global markets. If media reports are to be believed, the SUV could make its India debut at the 2018 Delhi Auto Expo and launch could take place in late 2018 or early 2019. In fact, the SUV has already been imported into India for R&D purpose. We will update our readers as soon as MSIL reveals anything 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
Considering that the 5-seater version of the SUV will compete with Hyundai Creta and Renault Duster, it is expected to be priced accordingly. The new 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.
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 get a more aggressive fascia and new styling elements to offer a unique look. Face of the car will be adorned with a chrome grille and a set of swooping headlamps with integrated LED DRLs.
The new Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara will also get trapezoidal bumper upfront, which is 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. Rear profile of the Grand Vitara SUV comes equipped with wraparound tail-lamps, silver skid plate on lower bumper and chunky bootlid. Like the Vitara Brezza, the new premium SUV will also come with dual-tone body paint options. Read: New-gen Maurti WagonR – All You Need To Know
The new Grand Vitara is expected to be offered in two seat layouts – 5 and 7. The company will first launch the five-seat model, which will be positioned against the likes of Hyundai Creta and Renault Duster. In terms of proportions, the new Maruti SUV measures 4,175mm in length, 1,775mm in width and 1,610mm in height. It comes with a wheelbase of 2,500mm. The SUV could have a 185mm high ground clearance, which is more than sufficient to tackle Indian road conditions. The global model offers a boot space of 375-litres, which is good enough to accommodate 3-4 suitcases. However, the 60:40 split-folding rear seats further enhances 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 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.
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.
To be launched as a premium SUV, the new Grand Vitara is likely to be equipped with several high-end safety and security features. The SUV will get dual-front airbags and ABS (Anti-Lock Braking System) with EBD (Electronic BrakeForce Distribution) as standard safety features. The top-end models will also get hill launch assist, ESP, rear parking camera and sensors, etc.
Sits above 4-meter in length, the new Grand Vitara will offer good legroom, headroom and shoulder space for both front and rear occupants. This model also has several cubby holes like bottle holders and cup holders, and a large glovebox. The premium SUV has a luggage carrying capacity of 375-litres, which is more than the Renault Captur. 60:40 split rear seats further enhances the practicality of the SUV, as the boot space will be further increased by up to 1,160-litres.