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Maruti's Hyundai Creta Rival Coming in 2020

Maruti's Hyundai Creta Rival Coming in 2020

Snapshot: Expected to make its global debut at the 2020 Delhi Auto Expo, the all-new Maruti’s 5-seater premium SUV will be based on the next-gen Vitara SUV.

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India's largest carmaker, Maruti Suzuki is working on a range of new cars to enter into the new segments. The company had tasted huge success with the Vitara Brezza sub-4 meter SUV. Now, the company is planning to enter into the premium mid-sized SUV segment. Adding to it, Maruti Suzuki is readying a micro SUV based on the Concept Future S. Moreover, the new-gen Wagon R tall-boy hatchback is all set to go on sale in India on January 23, 2019. It will challenge the likes of newly launched Hyundai Santro and Tata Tiago.

The Indo-Japanese carmaker is working on an all-new SUV, which will be based on the next-gen Vitara SUV. It will be an all-new made-for-India SUV, which is likely to be unveiled at the 2020 Delhi Auto Expo. The SUV is expected to be launched in mid-2020, post BSVI emission norms in April 2020.

Speaking to Autocar India, Kenichi Ayukawa, MD and CEO, Maruti Suzuki, said, “We are studying that type of vehicle, a big-size SUV. We are discussing here and in Japan to see whether we can develop it.” He further said that the SUV will be slotted above Vitara Brezza and will directly positioned against the Hyundai Creta.

The new Maruti Suzuki SUV is expected to be around 4.3 metres in length, which will make it longer than the S-Cross crossover. The report further claims that the SUV will have upright and imposing stance, and it will have a boxy and muscular shape, with an upright stance.

The upcoming Maruti Suzuki SUV will be available with two BSVI compliant engine options - a new 1.2-litre turbocharged petrol engine, and the company's new, in-house developed, 1.5-litre diesel engine. This diesel engine will also power the Ciaz sedan, Ertiga and the S-Cross. The company is already having the new 1.5-litre petrol engine, but this engine won't power the SUV. According to the company source, “SUVs of this size need to have strong mid-range performance, which only a turbo-petrol engine can provide.”

The new SUV will be retailed through MSI's premium NEXA dealerships. It will be equipped with all the features and safety net that other SUVs in the segment offer. The company could also plan a 7-seater version of this SUV, which will challenge the next-gen Hyundai Creta. The next model will be offered in both 5- and 7-seat layout.

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