Maruti Suzuki Will Launch Bigger SUVs to Rival Hyundai and Mahindra
In the Indian Auto segment, SUVs are becoming the hottest selling commodities. The SUVs recorded sales growth of 34 per cent in Q1 CY2021, which is an all-time high recorded so far. To tap the opportunities in this growing segment, car manufacturers are planning to expand their SUV lineup in the coming years. The sub-4 meter SUV space is already crowded, the mid-size and premium 7-seater SUV space will soon witness several new launches.
India’s largest passenger vehicle manufacturer, Maruti Suzuki is also not behind in this SUV race. As per the official sources, the Maruti is working on a range of new SUVs including a premium 7-seater, a Baleno-based crossover, a mid-size SUV (with Toyota) and a 5-door Jimny. On the flip side, there are rumours about the Indo-Japanese carmaker, who is planning to introduce a 7-seater SUV built on Suzuki’s C-platform. Although, it has the same architecture that underpins the global-spec Vitara SUV.
While talking to the media, Kenichi Ayukawa, Managing Director Maruti Suzuki, quoted that the company is analyzing the bigger vehicle segment and aims to “evolve as a full-scale car maker catering to all kinds of customers”.
Maruti’s New Three-Row SUV and Premium 7 Seater MPV
As per the reports, the production version of the new Maruti three-row SUV is to be christened as Maruti Grand Vitara. The prices are expected to start from Rs 10 lakh (ex-showroom). If launched at this price, it will compete with cars like MG Hector Plus and the upcoming Hyundai Alcazar and Mahindra XUV700.
In addition to this, Maruti Suzuki is also planning on a premium 7-seater MPV that is reported to be produced at Toyota’s Bidadi based plant. It will be positioned above the Ertiga and will come as an affordable option for the Toyota Innova Cyrsta. The upcoming Maruti Suzuki 7-seater MPV will compete with the upcoming MPVs from Hyundai, Kia, MG and Tata. The new bigger SUVs by Maruti Suzuki are likely to be sold via Maruti Suzuki’s premium Nexa dealership network.