The next generation Vitara with premium features and seven-seat configuration could debut at 2020 Auto Expo
The next generation Vitara premium SUV will more likely make its domestic debut at the 2020 Auto Expo before going on sale in the same year. Maruti Suzuki has the Global C platform based Vitara Brezza as its only SUV in the Indian market and it is indeed the best-selling of its body type in the whole country.
With Hyundai Creta enjoying great deal of success in a slightly premium segment compared to the Vitara Brezza by regularly averaging over 10,000 units monthly through last year, Maruti Suzuki is expected to aim a big pie with the Vitara upon arrival.
The next generation Hyundai Creta is widely reportedly to have more upmarket features and seven seats as it focusses on addressing a wider band of customers. The upcoming Maruti Suzuki Vitara is no different, as it will offer three row seating arrangement to compete not just against Creta but the Jeep Compass as well.
Back in July 2018, the Suzuki Vitara sold globally received a mid-cycle refresh with notable design revisions to extend the lifetime of the existing generation. The cabin received a brand new instrument console along with addition of a myriad of driver assistance and safety features.
Suzuki introduced a new 1.0-litre Boosterjet turbo petrol engine into the Vitara’s lineup as well with 111 PS maximum power and 170 Nm of peak torque and it replaced the obsolete 1.6-litre unit. It is connected to either a standard five-speed manual or a six-speed automatic transmission as option.
The arrival of the Vitara has been speculated in India for long but nothing materialized and no official statements were made on the company’s behalf. However, we did manage to spot the current generation of the premium SUV last year locally.
With the premium SUV segment getting all bunched up in the coming years, the largest automaker in the country could be eyeing a sweet spot with the Vitara. Kia’s Indian entry will be led by the debut of a Hyundai Creta challenger based on the SP concept showcased at the 2018 Auto Expo. MG Motor and PSA could be step up to the plate in the near future.