Maruti is surely not the one to rest on its laurels. Having received a stellar sales performance from its recent launches, it now gearing up to launch another all-new Suzuki in India. The upcoming Maruti car in India will become its new flagship and enhance the carmaker’s SUV portfolio. We are talking about the new Maruti Grand Vitara here. The new Maruti Grand Vitara will retail at Nexa outlets. We expect a mid-2017 launch date and prices could start at over Rs 12 lakh. Read on for all on new Maruti Grand Vitara launch date, price in India, specifications, mileage, features, etc.
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Now, India isn’t new to the Vitara moniker. Maruti has earlier sold the last generation Vitara and the XL7 in India. However, both of these managed to get only a lukewarm response from the car buyers. Maruti is now hoping to launch the current generation Vitara. It may be noted that Maruti has finally managed to make a name for itself in the slightly pricier segments with the Ciaz and to some extent, even with the S-Cross. This could really push the car buyers to take Maruti’s upcoming premium product more seriously.
The new Maruti Grand Vitara for India will feature the same Fiat-sourced 1.6 DDiS Turbo Diesel engine that powers the S-Cross. It comes mated to a manual transmission. However, the Grand Vitara could offer Suzuki’s AllGrip AWD system.
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As we’ve been saying, the new Maruti Grand Vitara will become the new flagship in the manufacturer’s product portfolio. It will be considerably pricier than the S-Cross and will become the fourth product that will go on sale under the Nexa moniker. Maruti is yet to make an official announcement on the launch date of the new Grand Vitara for India. However, we expect it to be here by the 2108 Auto Expo.
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Generally, Maruti makes sure to price its cars pretty competitively. The Grand Vitara should be no different. The Grand Vitara will have high levels of localization in India, which means price will be kept under check. Having burnt its fingers with the Kizashi, Maruti is likely to be extra careful with pricing of the new Grand Vitara. We believe it would have a starting price of Rs 12 lakh. The top model could cost around Rs 16 lakh. With such prices, the Grand Vitara will find competition in various models ranging from the top-end Creta to Tata Hexa and Mahindra XUV500.
In India, the new Maruti Grand Vitara will share its only engine option with the S-Cross Diesel. The India-spec Maruti Grand Vitara will feature a Fiat-sourced 1.6-litre Multijet Turbo Diesel engine. It outputs 120 PS and 320 Nm. The India-spec Grand Vitara is likely to offer All Wheel Drive hardware. It has got a wheelbase of 2,500 mm.
The new Maruti Grand Vitara isn’t a full size SUV. However, as the the measurements show here, it’s still a fairly larger SUV than the Vitara Brezza.
Okay, let’s be honest. The upcoming Grand Vitara does look like a slightly grown up Vitara Brezza. It carries a similar design theme, and styling bits like two-tone paint job further help forming a link between this car and its smaller brethren.
The front fascia is characterized by a chrome grille, which has a form reminiscent of the one on the Brezza. However, the Grand Vitara definitely looks sportier. This is thanks to the stylish bumper and sleeker headlamps. The clamshell hood lends a muscular look to the Grand Vitara.
The car gets a clean and a rather handsome look when viewed in side profile. The surfaces do get a couple of sharp creases, but overall, the car manages to look neat and inoffensive. Bits like indicators on the ORVMs, body colored door handles and flared wheel arches further add a premium touch to the vehicle.
The rear-end design is a kind of a mixed bag. While the clean surfaces continue to the posterior, some bits, like those chunky taillamps and a rather dull finish on the skid plate, leave us slightly unimpressed.
The new Maruti Grand Vitara looks as good on the inside as on the outside. There’s an all-black theme that gets some silver accents. The design is very modern and bits like the analogue clock sitting in the middle of central aircon vents add a touch of flair to the design. The steering wheel is shared with the Brezza, and so is some of the switchgear. However, overall, the Grand Vitara looks a lot more premium than any other Maruti car on sale today. The cabin packs a lot of features- you get a touchscreen infotainment system, a multi-function steering wheel, leather upholstery and a lot more.
Stay tuned for latest news updates on the new Maruti Grand Vitara launch date, price in India, specifications, mileage, features, etc.
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