Get a sneak peek into Maruti’s forthcoming 7-seater SUV, with details about its potential platform, premium features, and conflicting reports
Maruti Suzuki, the largest carmaker in India, is gearing up to venture into the premium space with its upcoming 7-seater SUV. This new model, codenamed Y17, will be a direct competitor to the Tata Safari, Mahindra XUV700, and Hyundai Alcazar, and it is slated to arrive by 2025.
As per reports, Maruti’s 7-seater SUV will be built on Suzuki’s Global C platform, the same as the Grand Vitara. The powertrain options are expected to be identical to the Grand Vitara as well, consisting of two options – the 1.5L strong-hybrid petrol engine and the 1.5L mild-hybrid petrol engine. The former boasts a robust peak power output of 115 bhp, while the latter delivers 103 bhp.
Interestingly, Toyota is reportedly working on a 7-seater version of the Corolla Cross, which will make its way to the Indian market in the next few years. This raises an interesting question – would Maruti and Toyota continue their strategic partnership and collaborate on the new 7-seater SUV? If so, then only one of these two SUVs is actually arriving, while the other brand would sell a badge-engineered version.
Back to Maruti’s 7-seater SUV; inside the forthcoming vehicle will deliver a premium experience. Reports suggest that the vehicle will come equipped with an array of high-end features, including a large sunroof, a new SmartPlay touchscreen infotainment system, automatic climate control, ventilated seats, steering-mounted controls, and a digital instrument console. Additional luxuries may include auto-dimming IRVMs, captain seats in the second row, etc.
Considering the success of the Grand Vitara in the Indian market, this could be a great opportunity for Maruti Suzuki. Also, it will be a great option to bridge the gap between Grand Vitara and the Invicto. The latter has not generated high sales numbers like other Maruti cars, however, the demand for 7-seater vehicles is quite strong. A new model with a lower price tag compared to the Invicto could work.
There aren’t too many details available yet, and there have been no sightings of a test model. The manufacturing facility for this SUV is slated to be the new Kharkhoda plant in Haryana, scheduled to be operational by 2025. Keep an eye on this space for more info!