The upcoming Maruti Suzuki premium SUV will be unveiled at the 2020 Delhi Auto Expo
India’s largest carmaker, Maruti Suzuki has announced that it will phase out diesel cars from the market by April 2020. The company is now focusing on alternative fuel options to drive sales. Apart from petrol, Maruti Suzuki is aiming to introduce more CNG powered cars and affordable electric cars in India. Besides this, Maruti Suzuki is working on an all-new premium SUV that will challenge the Hyundai Creta.
It is expected that the Maruti’s Creta challenger will be based on the next-generation Suzuki Vitara, which will go on sale in the global markets in 2021. The new model is expected to be unveiled at the 2020 Delhi Auto Expo, while launch likely in mid-2020. The company could also opt for the 7-seater version of the SUV, which will take on the next-gen Creta 7-seater and the Mahindra XUV400.
Previous media reports are to be believed, Maruti Suzuki is developing an all-new 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine. This engine will power the upcoming premium SUV. For people not in the know, Maruti Suzuki is already heaving a 1.5-litre K15B naturally aspirated petrol engine that powers the Ciaz and Ertiga. However, the SUV of this size will need strong mid-range and turbocharged engine will offer strong mid-and-high range.
It will be interesting to see whether Maruti will bring the diesel powered model in the market. The company will have to see the demand for diesel cars post BSVI emission norms that will come into effect in April 2020. The new emission norms will increase the price gap between petrol and diesel cars by up to Rs 2.5 lakh from the current 1 lakh.
The upcoming Maruti premium SUV will have an upright stance and will measure somewhere around 4.3 meter in length. International media claims that Suzuki is also working on the 7-seater Grand Vitara SUV. This model could also make its way to our market; however, nothing official has been revealed by the automaker.