The 7-seater SUV and MPV segments will play host to an array of new models from Maruti Suzuki and Toyota in the coming years
Maruti Suzuki and Toyota are expected to bring in a number of premium seven-seater offerings over the next couple of years or so. These models will be positioned in different segments and they will cater to the needs of the family audience as well as SUV seekers. Here is a complete list of upcoming three-row cars from both brands:
1. 7-Seater Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara:
By 2025, Maruti Suzuki will reportedly launch the seven-seater version of the Grand Vitara. It will likely be powered by a 1.5-litre mild hybrid and a 1.5-litre strong hybrid petrol engine as its five-seater sibling. Expect minor exterior and interior changes to differentiate itself from the regular Grand Vitara.
2. 7-Seater Toyota Corolla Cross:
Toyota is speculated to be considering a seven-seater version of the global Corolla Cross for the domestic market. It could share powertrain options with the Hycross. Compared to the international spec Corolla Cross, it could have larger proportions and a tweaked exterior. It will take on Mahindra XUV700, Hyundai Alcazar, Tata Safari, and the likes.
3. Maruti Suzuki C-MPV:
The C-segment MPV from Maruti Suzuki is said to be the badge engineered version of the Toyota Innova Hycross. It could debut later this year or in 2024 and it will use the same powertrain lineup, mechanicals and equipment list as the Hycross. It could draw design from the Grand Vitara and will be retailed through Nexa premium dealerships.
4. Toyota’s Ertiga Derivative:
Toyota already sells the rebadged version of Ertiga under the Rumion nameplate but the India-bound MPV could have significant visual revisions to differentiate itself from its donor. It will be equipped with the 1.5-litre mild hybrid petrol engine, paired with a manual or an automatic transmission.
5. Next-Gen Toyota Fortuner:
The third generation Toyota Fortuner is expected to make its global debut later this year before entering markets like India next year. The full-size SUV will get a thoroughly redesigned exterior and interior and it will be based on a revised platform. It could also feature a diesel hybrid powertrain and a host of mechanical updates.
6. 2023 Toyota Innova Crysta Diesel
The 2023 Toyota Innova Crysta will be available only with a diesel-manual combination. The front grille gets a new design along with a revised bumper and fog lamp housings. The prices will be announced in the coming weeks.