Maruti Suzuki will reveal a brand new, mid-size SUV on the 20th of July.
It will be the carmaker’s flagship offering, both in terms of pricing and positioning.
It will likely be christened the Vitara – a nameplate that Suzuki uses for its mid-size SUVs sold internationally. The S-Cross will be replaced in the Indian market by this vehicle.
Companion to the Hyryder
Since the new SUV and the just-unveiled Toyota Hyryder are badge engineered twins, many parts will be shared
Feature and price-positioning differences are limited to stylistic differences and a few differences in styling.
It will share its production line with the Hyryder at Toyota’s Bidadi factory off Bangalore.
- Panoramic sunroof
- Leather seats with ventilation
- 6 airbags
- Hill hold
- Hill descent control
- Connected car features
- Touchscreen infotainment
- Climate control
- Automatic wipers and headlamps
- Cruise control
- Rear AC vents
- Ambient lighting
- Head-up display
- Arkamys sound system
- 360 degree camera
- Driving modes
Powertrain- Entry level trims
Given that the new Maruti offering will share a lot of parts with the Toyota Hyryder, one can make an educated guess about what’s under the hood.
Entry level variants are expected to run on a 1.5 liter-4 cylinder K15C petrol engine with a mild hybrid unit in tow.
This motor will make about 102 Bhp-137 Nm, and will be paired to either a 5 speed manual or a 6 speed torque converter automatic gearbox.
Powertrain- Higher trims
The higher trims will get the 1.5 liter TNGA strong hybrid engine.
The petrol engine puts out 91 Bhp and 122 Nm.
The electric motor produces 78 Bhp and 141 Nm.
The powertrain will be mated to an automatic CVT transmission with five stepped shifts.
Notably, strong hybrid variants will offer an all wheel drive system – a best-in-class feature.
Price, booking, competition
Coming to pricing, the new SUV is expected to be on the same level as the Tata Harrier, Mahindra XUV700 and the upcoming Mahindra Scorpio.
Top-end trims could touch the Rs. 20 lakh price mark.
Bookings are likely to open on July 20th itself.
But actual deliveries and a price announcement could take until September or October.
It competes against Hyundai Cretas, Kia Seltos, Skoda Kushaqs, MG Astors, Volkswagen Taiguns, and Nissan Kicks.