Maruti Premium MPV Based On Toyota Innova Hycross To Launch On July 5
On July 5, 2023, Maruti Suzuki will unveil an all-new MPV. This new MPV, expected to be dubbed the Engage, is being developed in collaboration with Toyota and will be a sister vehicle to the popular Innova Hycross, but will have aesthetic aspects that distinguish it from the Toyota MPV. According to our sources, this Maruti Premium MPV will be available for purchase through Maruti’s Nexa dealerships by late July of this year.
Maruti’s version of the Innova Hycross, like every other joint model between Maruti and Toyota so far, would have somewhat distinct design cues exclusive to the automaker to identify it from its Toyota cousin. The 2019 Maruti MPV’s design patents reveal an all-new grille with a honeycomb mesh pattern outlined by a chrome trim. Two horizontal chrome bars run down the centre of the grille, connecting the headlamps at either end.
The front bumper will also be modified, with a noticeable lip with a faux brushed metal finish to simulate a skid plate. These design cues are consistent with the Grand Vitara. There will also be modest tweaks to the rear bumper.
The overall shape of the headlamps and taillamps is expected to remain the same, but the internals and graphics will be new. The Maruti MPV will likely receive the brand’s characteristic ‘three dots’ LED DRL treatment, as seen on the Grand Vitara and Baleno, bringing it in line with other Nexa models.
The new Maruti MPV will be built on the Toyota TNGA-C design, and it will be powered by the same naturally aspirated petrol and strong-hybrid petrol engines seen in the Innova Hycross.
Suzuki-built vehicles such as the now-discontinued Vitara Brezza small SUV and the Baleno have been cross-badged and sold in India as the Toyota Urban Cruiser and the Glanza (or the Starlet in South Africa) since the alliance’s beginning in 2017. In some regions, including as South Africa and the Middle East, the latest-generation Baleno, Ciaz, Ertiga, and even Celerio are sold as Toyotas.
This future luxury MPV, on the other hand, will be the first Toyota model to be rebadged for Maruti Suzuki. Toyota will manufacture it in Bidadi and supply it to Maruti. Two Toyota vehicles, the RAV-4 and the Corolla Waggon, are sold in Europe as Suzuki models, the A-Cross and the Suzuki Swace, respectively.
The Innova Hycross is already a popular car with a big waiting list. Toyota has suspended bookings for the highest trims because of excessive demand, thus it’s unclear how many of these vehicles Toyota can provide to Maruti.
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