We informed you earlier that Maruti Suzuki is working on a premium SUV for the Indian market. Set to rival Hyundai Creta, the new model will be based on the global Suzuki Vitara. The SUV has been spotted testing in India yet again, and this time it shows the side profile. The new model is expected to be launched in the second half of 2019 and will be sold through NEXA premium dealership. Also See – Maruti Suzuki Vitara (Creta Rival) – 6 Things You Should Know
Spy image reveals some of the design highlights like diamond-cut alloy wheels, body-coloured door handles and ORVMs with integrated blinkers and Vitara Brezza like ‘clam-shell’ bonnet. It is expected that Maruti is using this SUV to test its new powertrain options. Previous reports suggest that Maruti is working on a new 1.5-litre diesel engine, and the model could be fitted with this engine. However, our sources reveal that Maruti Suzuki is not likely to go ahead with this engine keeping growing demand for petrol cars in India. Also See – Next-Gen Suzuki Grand Vitara SUV In The Works
Moreover, Maruti Suzuki is also planning to share the powerful 2.0-litre MJD diesel engine from Fiat Chrysler Automobile. The Indo-Japanese maker is also considering a 7-seater premium SUV to take on the likes of Mahindra XUV700 and others in its category. This 7-seater SUV is expected to be powered by a 2.0-litre MJD unit. Besides Vitara, Maruti Suzuki is also working on a 7-seater crossover based on the new-generation Ertiga.
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The new-gen Ertiga is based on the new HEARTECT platform, which makes it lighter, safer and fuel efficient. This model will be powered by a newly developed 1.5-litre K15B four-cylinder VVT petrol engine that produces 104bhp of power and 138Nm of torque. The same will also power the updated Ciaz sedan.
Suzuki is also working on the facelifted Vitara SUV, which is expected to make debut at the Paris Motor Show in September this year. For people not in the know, the Vitara SUV is based on the stronger C platform that also underpins the smaller Brezza. This is an added advantage with Maruti Suzuki to price this premium SUV aggressively. The global Vitara SUV is available with 3 engine options – 1.6-litre petrol and diesel, and a 1.4-litre Boosterjet petrol engine.
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