Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara is expected to undercut Hyundai Creta by over a lakh Rupees
Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara is expected to command an aggressive price tag taking the mid-size SUV segment by storm. The SUV’s price has been accidentally leaked online via a website’s source code.
The source code says the SUV’s ex-showroom price is Rs. 9,50,000/- and this should, most probably, be the price of the base variant. If it’s truly so, the Grand Vitara base variant will be cheaper than Hyundai Creta’s base variant by almost a lakh Rupees.
This trend might be followed for all variants under-cutting the segment best seller and offering maximum value. Also, the Grand Vitara will have 2 main advantages over the Creta. One will be the presence of all-wheel drive system and the other 1 will be the addition of a hybrid powertrain.
But, Creta also has its own advantages namely the diesel and turbo petrol engines and the host of automatic transmission options. It would be a fiercely fought battle between the 2 in the coming days.
Ahead of the unveil on 20th July, the trims of Maruti Suzuki Grand Vitara have been revealed as well. They include the normal IC only trim and the unique hybrid trim named ‘Intelligent Electric Hybrid’.
This is quite similar to Toyota Urban Cruiser’s 2 trims – Neo Drive for the IC variants and Hybrid for the hybrid variants. Maruti Suzuki has used the word ‘intelligent’ as the hybrid system can be made to work automatically or drivers can also force the car to run on pure electric power.
Toyota is offering 4 variants for the Neo Drive and 3 variants for the Hybrid on the Urban Cruiser Hyryder. Expect a similar variant lineup for the Grand Vitara as well. One of the non-hybrid variant will sport Suzuki All Grip all-wheel-drive system.
The overall silhouette looks almost similar to that of the Urban Cruiser Hyryder and the international S-Cross. The front gets triple segment LED lights.
The grille features a unique mesh design. The rear sports the ‘Grand Vitara’ name written in bold on the tail gate that also features Hyundai Venue-like connected LED tail lamps fixed on to black horizontal slats.
Bookings for the SUV are already open for a token amount of Rs. 11,000/- at all Nexa dealerships. The car will be exclusively sold through Nexa channels.
Buyers can also book online by logging on to www.nexaexperience.com. Deliveries are likely to commence from August or September.
The car is expected to become a truly global product with exports planned for Europe as well as Africa. It will replace the current international Grand Vitara for which a generation change has been long overdue.
Developed jointly with Toyota, the all-new Grand Vitara is essentially the Urban Cruiser Hyryder’s cousin sharing almost everything with it. Both the SUVs are built on Suzuki’s Global-C platform that currently underpins the Brezza, Ciaz, S-Cross, the new international S-Cross.