Maruti Suzuki Premium MPV To Launch In July
It has been confirmed by Maruti Suzuki that it will release a brand-new, high-end MPV in the Indian market. By July 2023, this new vehicle, which will be based on the Toyota Innova Hycross, will be available for purchase. This development was covered by our report from October 2022.
Like the Grand Vitara, this new MPV will be produced at Toyota’s Bidadi facility and distributed to Maruti Suzuki; however, it will actually be a sister vehicle to the existing well-liked Innova Hycross.
In a regulatory filing from the previous year, Toyota stated that it was getting ready to introduce a C-MPV in the fiscal year 2022–2023 that would also be shared with its alliance partner Maruti Suzuki.
The management of Maruti Suzuki verified this fact during its most recent earnings call. Maruti Suzuki Chairman RC Bhargava stated, “We will be sourcing a vehicle from Toyota; it’s a strong hybrid, three-row, top-of-the-line kind of vehicle in terms of price.” “I don’t think the volume will be very big, but it’s kind of a ground-breaking car because of its carbon-friendly hybrid tech,” the author said. It should arrive in around two months.
Suzuki-built cars like the now-discontinued Vitara Brezza and the Baleno were cross-badged and sold as the Toyota Urban Cruiser and the Glanza in India, respectively (or the Starlet in South Africa), since the Toyota-Suzuki alliance’s founding in 2017. Currently, some areas, such as South Africa and the Middle East, sell the most recent Baleno, Ciaz, Ertiga, and even Celerio as Toyotas.
However, this future Maruti Suzuki Premium MPV would be the first Toyota product to be rebadged for Maruti Suzuki in India and offered as its flagship model through the Nexa dealership network. Two Toyota vehicles, the Corolla Waggon and the RAV-4, are offered by Suzuki in Europe under the names A-Cross and Swace, respectively.
We anticipate Maruti’s version of the Innova Hycross to have some distinct aesthetic components, primarily on the front with a unique grille, as well as a separate bumper and headlamp design, just like the previous cross-badged goods from the alliance. A unique tail-lamp design with the Nexa theme already seen on the Grand Vitara, Baleno, and Fronx could be one of the further aesthetic changes at the back.
Expect interior colour modifications as well as trim variations between the two models, similar to those seen on the recently released midsize SUV siblings, the Hyryder and Grand Vitara.
The new Maruti MPV will be built on the Toyota TNGA-C platform, and it will be powered by the same naturally aspirated and potent hybrid petrol engines that are found in the Innova Hycross.
The Innova Hycross is already a well-liked car with a lengthy waiting list. Due to the recent suspension of top trim bookings due to excessive demand, it is unknown how many of these vehicles Toyota would be able to sell to Maruti.
“These may not be substantial volumes… People will start noticing the performance as soon as the vehicle is out on the market. The same vehicle that Toyota released today has a waiting list of more than a year. Their capability and requirements will also determine how many automobiles we will receive from them, Bhargava continued.
The Jimny will be released sometime in the following month, and Maruti will then unveil the Fronx at a price of Rs 7.47 lakh. By July of this year, the premium MPV will be available for purchase, and deliveries will start soon after. Through Nexa locations, all three models will be offered.
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