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Maruti Suzuki’s Vitara Family Might Expand With A 7-Seater SUV


It is expected to debut in India by 2021

 

Maruti Suzuki 7 seater SUV
  • The upcoming 7-seater SUV will go up against the 2020 Mahindra XUV500 and the Tata Gravitas.
  • Expected to be underpinned by a revised version of the Heartect platform.
  • The fourth-gen Vitara in markets abroad gets four engine options.
  • In India, it might be offered with the 1.5-litre petrol and diesel engines.

Maruti Suzuki is looking at plugging the gap of a 7-seater SUV in its India lineup. Going by a report, Maruti Suzuki’s 7-seater SUV in question will spawn under the Vitara family. Slated for a debut in 2021, it will most likely rival the 2020 Mahindra XUV500 and the Tata Gravitas.

Maruti Suzuki 7 seater SUV

The name Vitara was first used in early 2000s with the XL7 Grand Vitara in India. Maruti Suzuki then gave us the smaller third-generation Grand Vitara and later the Vitara Brezza that we all know. The upcoming 7-seater SUV is touted to be based on the fourth-generation Vitara that is sold in markets abroad. 

Maruti Suzuki 7 seater SUV

The SUV might also be underpinned by a revised version of the now popular Heartect platform. The 5-seater Vitara sold abroad is 4,175 mm long, 1,775mm wide, and sits 1,610mm high while the wheelbase is 2,500mm. In comparison to the Vitara Brezza, the dimensions are definitely a step up, but only by a small margin.

Maruti Suzuki 7 seater SUV

Globally, the fourth-gen Vitara uses four engine options: 1.0-litre Boosterjet petrol, 1.4-litre Boosterjet petrol, 1.6 petrol, and the 1.6-litre DDIS. Gearbox options include a 5-speed/6-speed manual and a 6-speed automatic. Coming back to India, we can expect the 1.5-litre petrol engine and the in-house-developed 1.5-litre turbo diesel engine. It is also safe to speculate that the SUV might get mild hybrid capabilities.

Maruti Suzuki 7 seater SUV

As mentioned, the 7-seater SUV is expected to debut in 2021. A more precise launch timeline will be revealed at a later stage. In the meantime, Maruti Suzuki is also likely to debut an all-electric SUV, which might go by the name Futuro-E.

Source: ETAuto.com